Wildscapes and Landscapes

Create natural habitats for Wildlife with a “Texas Wildscape”, and learn about Landscaping principles in general.

Wildscapes Defined:
by Wikipedia

Adapted from TPWD Texas Wildscapes website: A “wildscape” is a habitat restoration and conservation plan for rural and urban areas. It enables you to contribute to wildlife conservation by developing wildlife habitats where they live, work and play.

Wildscapes provide the essential ingredients for a variety of wildlife – food, water, shelter, and space. This is done by planting and maintaining native vegetation, installing birdbaths and ponds and creating structure. Feeders can supplement native vegetation, but can never replace it. The goal is to provide places for birds, small mammals, and other wildlife to feed and drink, escape from predators and raise their young.

By inviting wildlife to seek refuge on your property, you can enjoy and understand the role wildlife plays in your community. Attract wildlife by planting trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and grasses at your home, at school, or at work. It helps our wildlife, and it’s fun!

Texas Wildscapes is more than a backyard program. It applies to rural properties as well; even community parks, business offices, churches, schools and apartments can be involved. You can do more than just attract birds. Every species has its own specific habitat requirements. If you know those requirements, chances are good that whatever you desire – butterflies, frogs or even lizards – will be visiting your site!

Landscaping Architecture

Landscape architecture is the design of outdoor and public spaces to achieve environmental, socio-behavioral, and/or aesthetic outcomes.

It involves the systematic investigation of existing social, ecological, and geological conditions and processes in the landscape, and the design of interventions that will produce the desired outcome.

The scope of the profession includes urban design, site planning, town or urban planning, environmental restoration, parks and recreation planning; green infrastructure planning and provision, all at varying scales of design, planning and management.


Classes and Advanced Training
2009 Class – Texas Wildscapes, Mark Klym – A Focus on Hummingbirds and Butterflies
Basics of an Effective Backyard Habitat
Gardening For Wildlife PDF file

Landscaping Architecture, Adv. Training, Jan 13, 2010, Milano, by Alan King, The Land Design Group
Lanscaping Design Principles PDF file

How come I ain’t got no Hummin’birds?
Creating Hummingbird Habitats PDF file

Habitat Certifications – What are we looking for?
Habitat Certification Programs PDF file

Where would I go in Texas if I wanted to see Hummingbirds? Lots of good photos.
Chasing Hummingbirds Across Texas PDF file


Web Sites and Books of Interest

From Shawn Walton’s Weekly Blog / Column in Rockdale and Cameron Newspapers:

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