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Restoration plantings help a site to develop new seed sources and increase biodiversity, but they also provide shelter and food for the local wildlife. Choosing the appropriate species for the local conditions and climate is one consideration when restoring natural areas but looking at the needs of wildlife requires additional knowledge of both our local flora and fauna.
This document helps to explain some of the more common plants we like to use in our restoration plantings that greatly benefit the local wildlife. Are there enough seeds and nuts available for squirrels & birds? Are there plants that flower early in the spring providing nectar for early migrants returning from the south & newly awakened pollinators? Are their species of plants providing year-round shelter for our Island animal residents during our cold & sometimes harsh winters?