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A Little Wildlife Garden in Suburbia

Although my yard in suburban Kanata is small, I've had many interesting visitors over the years. It all started in 2005 when I wanted to attract birds by planting berry-producing shrubs and seed-producing flowers. The following year I decided I wanted to add flowers to attract butterflies and hummingbirds; the results were satisfying enough for me to keep experimenting with wildlife-friendly plants in the years since then. These galleries document some of the plants I have grown and some of the creatures that have visited my own miniature wildlife garden since its inception.

Images are in reverse chronological order.

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Eastern Tailed Blue (Everes comyntas)
Eastern Tailed Blue (Everes comyntas)
Cape May Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Virginian Tiger Moth (Spilosoma virginica)
Virginian Tiger Moth (Spilosoma virginica)
Orange-spotted Lady Beetle (Brachiacantha sp.)
Orange-spotted Lady Beetle (Brachiacantha sp.)
Cooper's Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
American Red Squirrel Visiting
American Red Squirrel Visiting
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Striped Skunk
Striped Skunk
American Red Squirrel
American Red Squirrel
Raccoon in the backyard!
Raccoon in the backyard!
Raccoon in the backyard!
Raccoon in the backyard!
Raccoon in the backyard!
Raccoon in the backyard!
Eastern Chipmunk
Eastern Chipmunk
Eastern Chipmunk
Eastern Chipmunk
Baby Eastern Cottontail
Baby Eastern Cottontail
Baby Eastern Cottontail
Baby Eastern Cottontail
Baby Eastern Cottontail
Baby Eastern Cottontail
American Red Squirrel
American Red Squirrel
American Red Squirrel
American Red Squirrel
American Red Squirrel
American Red Squirrel
Cooper's Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Raspberry Pyrausta Moth (Pyrausta signatalis) Hodges #5034
Raspberry Pyrausta Moth (Pyrausta signatalis)
Hodges #5034
Orange Mint Moth (Pyrausta orphisalis) Hodges #5058
Orange Mint Moth (Pyrausta orphisalis)
Hodges #5058
Chipping Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Oblique Stripetail (Allograpta obliqua)
Oblique Stripetail (Allograpta obliqua)
Oblique Stripetail (Allograpta obliqua)
Oblique Stripetail (Allograpta obliqua)
American Thintail (Meliscaeva cinctella)
American Thintail (Meliscaeva cinctella)
Hover Fly (Syrphus sp.)
Hover Fly (Syrphus sp.)
Eastern Calligrapher (Toxomerus geminatus)
Eastern Calligrapher (Toxomerus geminatus)
Eastern Hornet Fly (Spilomyia longicornis)
Eastern Hornet Fly (Spilomyia longicornis)
Eastern Hornet Fly (Spilomyia longicornis)
Eastern Hornet Fly (Spilomyia longicornis)
Narrow-headed Sun Fly (Helophilus fasciatus)
Narrow-headed Sun Fly (Helophilus fasciatus)
Narrow-headed Sun Fly (Helophilus fasciatus)
Narrow-headed Sun Fly (Helophilus fasciatus)
Pearly Wood-Nymph (Eudryas unio)Hodges #9299
Pearly Wood-Nymph (Eudryas unio)
Hodges #9299
American Toad
American Toad
Chipmunk getting  a drink
Chipmunk getting a drink
Cross Orbweaver (Araneus diadematus)
Cross Orbweaver (Araneus diadematus)
Goldenrod crab spider (Misumena vatia)
Goldenrod crab spider (Misumena vatia)
Four O'Clocks
Four O'Clocks
Morning Glory
Morning Glory
Katydid
Katydid
Morning Glory
Morning Glory
Predatory Stinkbug (Apateticus sp.)
Predatory Stinkbug (Apateticus sp.)
Eastern Chipmunk
Eastern Chipmunk
Hummingbird Clearwing moth caterpillar (Hemaris thysbe)
Hummingbird Clearwing moth caterpillar (Hemaris thysbe)
Hummingbird Clearwing moth caterpillar (Hemaris thysbe)
Hummingbird Clearwing moth caterpillar (Hemaris thysbe)
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