Your backyard can become a haven for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. And turning your backyard into a wildlife habitat is something anyone can do with just a few of the right type of plantings.

The National Wildlife Federation makes it easy for you to do so with its Backyard resources on selecting wildlife-friendly plants, guidelines on planning and design. You can even certify your backyard wildlife habitat with the NWF.

Another excellent resource for your backyard wildlife sanctuary is Audubon’s native plants database. Audubon's native plants database will give you a list of native plants for your region have been hand-selected by Audubon experts. In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European settlement. Native plants provide essential food sources and shelter for wildlife, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, native plants will require less upkeep.