Gardening Know How: Attracting Birds and Butterflies
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Gardening Know How: Attracting Birds and Butterflies

Create a beautiful bird and butterfly filled garden, yard, or even balcony via simple, practical, and fun DIY projects!
5.0 (9 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,760 students enrolled
Created by Linda Kelso
Last updated 5/2016
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 6 Articles
  • 9 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create a backyard that will attract birds, butterflies, and other beneficial animals.
  • Understand the important relationships between plants and animals, and how this relationship can help you create a thriving backyard full of birds, butterflies, and other beneficial animals.
  • Identify exactly which flowers, trees, shrubs, and other plants will attract and support birds and butterflies.
  • Pick from a variety of simple, practical projects that will help create a thriving, healthy backyard ecosystem.
  • Take small steps toward solving larger environmental problems
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  • Some gardening experience may help, but isn't required for success in this course.
  • You should have access to an outdoor space where you can implement the projects covered in the course. A backyard isn't necessary! A patio, balcony, community garden, or rooftop will work too.

Want to attract more birds and butterflies to your yard?

In this course, you'll learn the secrets to creating a garden, patio, balcony, or backyard that welcomes birds, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.  And the best part?  These secrets involve small, practical changes that you can make even if you're really busy or on a budget, or never gardened before in your life! 

And, by making small changes, you'll not only do something nice for the environment, you might also:

*Increase vegetable and fruit yields in your garden
*Notice fewer pests attacking your plants
*Save money by eliminating or reducing pesticide use
*Reduce the number of mosquitoes who call your yard their home

Best of all, you'll play an active part in helping struggling pollinator and songbird populations. And, not only will you help animals that share your backyard, you'll also help them worldwide. Way to go you!

That's because a portion of every purchase is donated to the Xerces Society, a non-profit organization that protects invertebrates, including butterflies, bees, and many other beneficial insects.  

But be aware, this is a course where you not only learn. . .you act! Assignments, worksheets, and websites will all help you garden in a way that achieves results.

Here's what students are saying:

"Linda has done a great job of explaining in simple steps how to bring more beneficial insects, birds and butterflies etc into your garden making it a wonderful place to be. Her easy action steps will change the landscape of your garden quickly but with improvements you will benefit from for years to come." -Jackie Marie Beyer from The Organic Gardener Podcast

"Easy to listen to, good visuals, and great intro to the ideas of making Earth Friendly spaces in your backyard. I'm starting from zero knowledge in this area and she's bringing me up to speed quickly which is nice. Excited to get some bees and butterflies coming to my yard!" -La Stengele

Who is the target audience?
  • This is a practical, straightforward course for people who enjoy DIY projects, have a backyard (or patio or rooftop or community garden) available to them, and want to take some small steps toward helping the environment.
  • If you're looking to learn any sort of advanced ecology, biology, or even horticulture this may not be the course for you!
Curriculum For This Course
18 Lectures
Course Introduction
4 Lectures 13:59

Why exactly do you WANT birds and butterflies in your backyard?  That's the question I answer in this lesson, plus I give you a quick overview of the entire course.

Preview 04:59

Understanding what "Earth Friendly" means is really important, because it's the underlying philosophy for the whole course!  So in this lesson, I (briefly) explain what I mean when I say it, and, just as importantly, what I DON'T mean. 

Preview 03:23

When you hear the term "wildlife habitat" do you think bears and wolves, and the deep dark woods? Or are you not sure what to think?  In this lesson, you'll learn why a wildlife habitat is something you definitely want in your backyard (minus the wolves and bears, of course).

Preview 02:34

Birds and butterflies make a wonderful addition to any backyard, but they aren't the only animals you should try to attract.  In this lesson, you'll learn about some OTHER animals you might want to consider inviting along with all those birds and butterflies. 

What Kind of Critters Are We Talking About?
Keys to a Bird & Butterfly Filled Backyard
7 Lectures 45:58

Want to get the most out of this course? Then don't skip this lecture, because I give you some SUPER important advice that will jump start your success. Oh, and make sure to check the resource section for 2 worksheets that we'll be using in the rest of the course.

Introduction to Section 2

Plants play a very, very important role in your backyard! They provide food, shelter, and a place for animals to raise their young.  And native plants are especially good at providing all these things! In this lesson, I define what a native plant is, and how to pick ones that will attract birds and butterflies to your backyard.

Native Plants

Flowers provide a valuable food source for many butterflies, bees, and other pollinators!  But planting one or two just isn't enough.  In this lesson, I explain the kinds of flower to plant to really attract those butterflies (and bees and other beneficial animals) to your backyard. 


Just like you, the birds, butterflies and other animals in your backyard need to eat.  In this lesson, you'll learn how to find and provide the kind of food your backyard animals like best!


Water is one of the most essential (and the easiest) elements you can add to your backyard! Whether its a birdbath or bugwaterer (yes, that's a real thing), providing water attracts a wide variety of beneficial animals!


Just like us, the animals that share our backyards need a place to rest, raise their young, and escape from danger.  In this lecture, I talk about different kinds of shelters you can put in your yard that will specifically attract birds, butterflies, and other beneficial animals.


Chemical control can be a touchy, polarizing subject, which is why I try to give a balanced view in this lesson.  And, I offer alternatives that are much more friendly to your backyard residents. 

Pesticides & Herbicides
Steps to Success, Even if You're Short on Money, Time, Skill, Etc.
6 Lectures 11:51

Facing some road blocks? Not sure how to overcome budget, time, or other constraints? I got you covered!

Steps for Success

No gardening experience? No problem! Here are my suggestions for creating a bird & butterfly filled backyard, even if you have no luck with plants.

Preview 02:07

No backyard? It's all good! Even apartment dwellers can create earth friendly spaces! In this lecture I give you some suggestions for utilizing balconies, patios, rooftops, and other green spaces.

I Don't Have a Backyard!

Don't have a minute to spare? Check out my time conscious suggestions that will help you create a more earth friendly backyard, even when time is limited.  

I'm Too Busy!

Don't have $1000s (or even $10s) to spend on your backyard? Check out my suggestions for a bird & butterfly filled backyard on a budget.

I Don't Have Much Money!

Middle of winter? Believe it or not, you might just be in the perfect season to start creating a bird & butterfly filled backyard! 

It's the Wrong Season!
Bonus Content
1 Lecture 00:12
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About the Instructor
Linda Kelso
4.7 Average rating
17 Reviews
3,141 Students
3 Courses
Garden Designer & Owner of LK Landscape Design

I designed my first garden when I was 8 years old, using crayons, graph paper, and several of my dad's seed catalogs. Once I grew up, I decided to get serious about my hobby and earned a degree in landscape design!

Now I own my own company, LK Landscape Design, where I focus on beauty, functionality, and sustainability in both my design and maintenance services. My goal is to create spaces that fit a client's lifestyle, but that also provide food and shelter for neighborhood wildlife.