Reconnect with your wild side and the green space just outside your door by creating an envirorment that's welcoming to birds, mammals, reptiles, butterflies, and other insects. Let naturalist and author Karen Lanier reconnect you with the natural world. Here she offers: *Planning and planting with birds in mind *A special section on hummingbirds that includes an illustrated guide to twelve common types *Using binoculars and field guides to identify birds by sight and by calls *Different types of pollination and the plants and food crops that depend on it *Butterfly metamorphosis and gardening for the different life stages *How to deal with and even appreciate the insects in your garden *Information on reptile and amphibian backyard visitors and how they can contribute to a healthy ecosystem *Natural ways to protect your garden from pests and discourage harmful wildlife *And much more! Imagine a thriving garden in your backyard, bursting with vibrantly colored blooms and lush green leaves, shaded by tall trees. Now imagine the same garden, alive with buzzing and flapping and chirping and croaking. Imagine the ecological impact of encouraging natural pollinators. Imagine the excitement of watching your garden become a hub of activity and learning about all of its different visitors. For those who relish in observing nature in action, planning a garden to attract certain types of wildlife can bring daily enjoyment right into your backyard.