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Grounds and Landscaping

Wildlife Sanctuary

            

Wildlife Gardens and Biodiversity

In 1989, the Seattle University grounds were designated a Wildlife Sanctuary by the Washington State Fish and Wildlife Dept. This was the first designation of this type for an institution in the State of Washington. Since then, the Grounds Dept. has been committed to providing habitat and encouraging biodiversity throughout the grounds, and in habitat-designed gardens in particular.

Building a habitat garden starts with finding ways to provide birds, beneficial insects and soil organisms the physical space to complete their life cycles. Our efforts in the Grounds Dept. include choosing plants that provide nectar and pollen sources for adults throughout the year, plants for larval food, “banker plants” that attract insect pests, and using native plants to which native beneficals are adapted.  A water source is another important habitat componant for all species. Shelter through layered vegetation and undisturbed soils is a priority in designated areas.

There are so many resources available to help you plan your habitat garden. Here are a few to get you started.

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..includes variety in all forms of life, from bacteria and fungi to grasses, ferns, trees, insects, and mammals. It encompasses the diversity found at all levels of organization, from genetic differences between individuals and populations to the types of natural communities found in a particular area. Biodiversity also includes the full range of natural processes upon which life depends, such as nutrient cycling, carbon and nitrogen fixation, predation, symbiosis, and natural succession.

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