Wildlife Sanctuary

Wildlife Gardens and Biodiversity

In 2007, 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, SU Grounds has been committed to providing habitat and encouraging biodiversity throughout the grounds, and in habitat-focused gardens in particular.

About SU Wildlife

In 2020, Grounds published an official Instragram account: SeattleUWild
The account is open to the public, in the hope to teach and raise awareness of the wilderness in campus. The initiative was made from Communications undergraduate student, Caroline Guzman.
We expect to continue this, and other projects, to help bridge the gap between SU members and SU wildlife.
Learn about the different species we host in our backyard wildlife sanctuary:

Habitat-designed gardens

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 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.

Biological Diversity....

..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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