Resources
Books
book cover: Landscaping for Wildlife
Landscaping for Wildlife
by Carrol L. Henderson
Includes instructions for drawing up plans for diverse projects from smaller flower gardens to shelterbelts. The appendix has a great plant list sorted by seasonal value. Written with US Northern Midwest states in mind.
book cover: Bringing Nature Home
Bringing Nature Home
by Prof. Douglas W. Tallamy
book cover: Native Plants for Northern Gardens
Native Plants for Northern Gardens
by Dr. Leon C. Snyder
Thorough list of many trees, shrubs, vines, ferns, flowers, and grasses. Includes growing instructions and recommendations for use. It also has photos for many species. I bought a copy at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
book cover: Trees and Shrubs of Minnesota
Trees and Shrubs of Minnesota
by Welby R. Smith
Great resource. Provides photos and context for each species.
book cover: Birdscaping in the Midwest
Birdscaping in the Midwest
by Mariette Nowak
Very good book. Includes instructions for drawing a plan and choosing plants. Also has several inspiring case studies from others who have converted their yards from a traditional lawn to a native plant habitat.
book cover: Woodworking for Wildlife
Woodworking for Wildlife
by Carrol L. Henderson
Provides plans for building homes and shelters for specific bird species, toads, bumblebees, and more.
book cover: Wild About Birds - The DNR Bird Feeding Guide
Wild About Birds
The DNR Bird Feeding Guide
by Carrol L. Henderson
Provides information on attracting certain species, as well as ideas for different types of feed and feeders.
References
USDA Plant Database
Reference listing for just about all north american plants. Includes map for native range, mature height, and shade tolerance for each plant.
University of Minnesota Extension Service
Helpful information on selecting plants, planting, pruning, managing weeds, and much more.

Here are a couple examples:
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Includes information on native plant communities, sample yard designs, bird feeding tips, and more.

Here's a link to the backyard stewardship page:
http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/backyard
screenshot: University of Minnesota Soil Testing Laboratory
University of Minnesota Soil Testing Laboratory
They can help you find out the details about the soil in your yard.
screenshot: University of Minnesota Plant Database
University of Minnesota Plant Database
Nearby nurseries may not offer certain species. This site can help.
Nurseries
screenshot: Outback Nursery
Outback Nursery
They have, by far, the best selection of native trees and shrubs I've found. The website has photos of most of them. They do not use neonicotinoids.
screenshot: Morning Sky Greenery
Morning Sky Greenery
Located near Morris, MN. They offer a good selection of flowers and grasses. They also offer seeds. And they will send them right to your door.
Their website has photos of most of their plants. They do not use neonicotinoids.
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Landscape Alternatives
Excellent selection of flowers and grasses. They do not use neonicotinoids.
Non-Profits
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Cornell Lab of Ornithology
When the birds start showing up, this site can help with identifying them.
screenshot: University of Minnesota Bee Lab
University of Minnesota Bee Lab
The best place to learn about bees.
screenshot: Monarch Joint Venture
Monarch Joint Venture
Collection of organizations, like Monarch Watch, working to help monarch butterflies.
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Xerces
Xerces is a non-profit working towards the protection of invertebrates. The website has helpful guides for identifying bees and dragonflies that may visit your yard.
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The Meadow Project
With help from Dr. Douglas Tallamy, The Meadow Project produced a nice video that explains why native plants are important, and includes some examples of inspiring projects. The website can also help you find native plant nurseries and organizations in your part of the U.S.
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Pollinator Friendly Alliance
This site has some pretty good information in the Events and Resources sections.
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Butterflies and Moths of North America
When the butterflies and moths start to show up, this site can help with identifying them.
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Minnesota Wildflowers
This site has site has a pretty thorough list of plants native to Minnesota. It includes photos and information for each.
Visitor Suggestions
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Identifying Birds in Flight
Tabitha and Anabel from Washington sent this link to a nice article. It has helpful information and links for anyone interested in getting started with bird watching. Thank you for sharing!
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Beginners Guide to Birdwatching
Linda and Ava sent this link to a well-rounded article for beginning birders. It includes links to pages that provide help with finding the right binoculars as well as finding and identifying birds in your area. Thank you!
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Birdwatching From Your Window
Cindy Powell and her Junior Scouts sent this article with links to many excellent resources for new birders. The links point to resources from several states in different parts of the U.S. Thanks!
screenshot: article: The Complete Guide to Birdwatching
The Complete Guide to Birdwatching
Jane and Peter sent this article which provides a nice overview. It has links to more resources like an in-depth article on choosing optics, as well as guidelines for ethical birding. Thank you for sending!
I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?
Robert Redford
Yosemite National Park dedication, 1985