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Wildlife in the Heritage Garden

The lives of plants and animals are intertwined. Each species of animals has certain plants it needs for food and prefers for shelter. Some plants need wildlife to process and disperse seeds for planting and germination.

Cardinal Below is a list made by Ian Adams, the well known photographer from Cuyahoga Falls. He was out in the Heritage Garden one early morning in May and identified the following birds.
  • Black Throated Green Warbler
  • American Robin
  • Cardinal
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler
  • Wood Thrush
  • Hummingbird
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Pair of Mallard ducks
  • White-eyed Vireo
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Swainson’s Thrush
  • American Goldfinch
  • House Sparrow
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Crow
  • Song Sparrow
  • House Wren

If you want certain birds or mammals to come to your yard, you must provide them with conditions they like. All creatures require food, water and shelter. Some are more particular than others. Some have only one plant that will meet their developmental needs at certain periods of their lives, Others have several "host" plants that give them nourishment. Some like to nest in tall trees, others like to build homes under shrubs or rocks. Some prefer running water and others like still ponds.

Likewise, some plants need birds to pollinate them, others prefer flying insects and still others want ants to visit them. Different colors attract different types of pollinators. All flowers are designed so the pollinator touches the right parts of the plant in the right order to make reproduction possible. Some plants require insects to provide the nutrients needed to survive.

Since we have been increasing the number and variety of native plants and different types of habitats in the Heritage Garden we have seen a corresponding increase in the number and variety of birds and insects on the property. Come for a visit to learn more about the interaction of flora and fauna.

From time to time, we will list the birds, insects and animals seen in the Heritage Garden, so you can get an idea of the variety of wildlife you can attract to your back yard through the use of native plants.

Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden
358 North Parkview Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43209