Attract Wildlife into Your Garden

Story by Heather Rennalls

Even homes in urban areas not just rural, can attract various wildlife including Bald Eagles. I met up with Ben Porchuk again at the Future Oxford Expo 2017 held in Woodstock on April 20, 2017, where he represented Carolinian Canada Coalition as their Carolinian Zone Ecologist. Over the past ten years, Ben has grown about 200 species of woodland, wetland and prairie native plants at his East London home where he conducts free Native Plant Garden Tours. (Donations are accepted to In The Zone Gardens Program) On these tours Ben provides insights into urban ecology and highlights the wildlife interactions that have occurred on his site over the years.

A canopy of Mayapple plants in Ben Porchuk’s front yard.

After taking out the grass in his front yard eleven years ago, Ben has grown: Jack-in-the-Pulpit; white cedars; False Solomon Seal; Wild Columbine; Bloodroot; Eastern Flowering Dogwood; spice bush; red and white trilliums; Yellow Birch trees and wild ginger just to name a few. Ben explained that planting native vegetation attracts native insects to the garden.

Some of the major groups of insects in Ontario include the following:


Heather Rennalls, Historical Researcher, Freelance Writer, Photographer & Blogger, has been a researcher and writer since 2000. She has published numerous articles that have appeared in The Woodstock Sentinel Review, The Oxford Review, The Norwich Gazette newspapers and in the Tourism Oxford 2005-2006 Discovery Guide. She was a Guest Blogger for Tourism Oxford for the Blog “Black History Month – Remembering Oxford’s Past” posted January 30, 2014 and was a Freelance Writer & Photographer for Oxford Media Group from 2013 to 2014. In June 2014, Heather launched her website and blog Heather’s Historicals at: Heather was also a Volunteer Web Reporter for Reforest London in May 2015.