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Landscape & Backyard Conservation

Habitat begins at home and extends beyond your backyard into the watershed and surrounding landscape. Educators need to be prepared to discuss interactions between people and wildlife whether bird watching at the window or managing nuisance deer in the garden. Resources below highlight landscape choices that can improve wildlife interactions and environmental quality.

Habitat at Home
This Department of Game & Inland Fisheries program will teach you how to turn yards into a mini-sanctuary for birds, butterflies, frogs, and other wild creatures when the habitat elements are improved there.

Chesapeake Club Campaign
The “Chesapeake Club” campaign focuses on the connection between individual lawn care and the health of local rivers and streams. Using humor, this campaign encourages homeowners to help the health of the Chesapeake Bay and local streams and rivers by paying attention to fertilizer use, specifically encouraging them to fertilize only in the fall.

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay advocates a "holistic" approach to landscaping through principles inspired by relationships in the natural environment. BayScapes extend beyond the backyard and integrate into the surrounding landscape for the benefit of people, wildlife and the Chesapeake Bay.

Human-Wildlife Interactions
As Virginia becomes more developed, wildlife/human interactions are becoming more prevalent. The Department of Game & Inland Fisheries works with urban/suburban constituents, in conjunction with other Agency biologists, concerning ways that everyone can experience wildlife in a positive manner. Learn how DGIF staff coordinates with other state agencies, planners, developers and other interested parties concerning environmentally friendly development in an attempt to mitigate future wildlife problems and provide additional wildlife habitat where appropriate.