Gardening for Wildlife
Updated: May 5
Riverdale is located on the Atlantic flyway, a major route along the eastern seaboard for migrating birds and butterflies. The birds’ eye view of Riverdale, flanked by Riverdale Park and Van Cortlandt Park, promises these long-distance fliers a good place to stop.
Welcome birds and butterflies to your yard with the right plantings and some water. You can make it as simple as a butterfly bush and a bird feeder, or as complicated as a complete habitat.
Place a bird bath in your yard and replace the water every two days.
Plant a butterfly bush, butterfly weed, parsley, and purple coneflower.
Replace some of your lawn with wildflowers or native groundcovers.
Use a push lawn mower.
Choose native, non-invasive plants.
Get all the details:
The National Wildlife Federations Garden for Wildlife program gives you the details on feed, water, shelter, nesting, and much more.
The Special Natural Area district zoning regulations include a list of native ground covers, shrubs, and trees. Click here, and scroll down to Appendices C and D.