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The main objective of wildlife support is to create a new or enhance an existing ecosystem that will be managed for the good of target wildlife species. it can also incorporate the goals that benefit specific human engineered requirements like stormwater control or reduced maintenance costs.

When creating habitat for wildlife, first identify the species or species group being targeted. They can include:

  • Song Birds
  • Game Birds
  • Insect Pollinators- either specific enhancement or wide range of species
  • Herbivore Mammals

Next, identify site conditions:

  • Hydrology
  • Sunlight
  • Soil Types- utilize soil tests

When creating an ecosystem for wildlife, please keep the following requirments in mind:

  • Identify the Type of System Being Designed and Built- Grassland (Grass only or Grass and Forbs). Grassland with shrubs and/or trees, successional area (utilize native grasses and forbs as an early successional component for a woodland).
  • Prepare the Area to Minimize Competition from Existing Seed Bank- See site preparation
  • Design Species Component Based on Objectives and Historical Botanical Information
  • Determine Whether Seed Only or a Seed and Plant Material Combination will be Used.
  • Identify Budget
  • Create Seed Mix and Plant Pallets Based on a Combination of Above Two Factors.

Wildlife Corridors are important connectors between areas that have the capacity to support wildlife while minimizing wildlife/human conflicts. These are primarily used in parks, rural undisturbed land and waterways. When planning for these critical areas, apply the same methodology as above.

Seed Specifications for Wildlife Mixes:

Medium Moisture Levels:

BF03 Butterfly Hummingbird Mix

NSGM03 Native Short Grass Meadow III

MDSPM01 Medium Diversity Pollinator Mix

M12MX03 Mesic x 12 Mixed Height III

XER01 Xerces Pollinator Mix

Seed Specifications for Game Birds/Song Birds:

Medium Moisture Levels:

M12MX03 Mesic x 12 Mixed Height III