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Plant Cut Sheets

Sonoran Desert MVPs (.pdf) Our pick for essential habitat plants that provide the mid-story, thorny, scrub layer that so many birds and other wildlife depend on. This mid-story layer is almost always missing from our landscaped yards.



Last Call for the Wild? (.pdf) by Jennifer Patton and Ben Wilder, Tucson Lifestyle, April 2020


A Fine Feathered Festival (.pdf) by Jennifer Patton, photos by Ben Wilder, Tucson Lifestyle, April 2020


Lizard Tales (.pdf) by Jennifer Patton, Tucson Lifestyle Home & Garden, August 2018


Where the Wild Things Grow (.pdf), Wilder Landscape Architects Profile, Tucson Lifestyle Home & Garden, August 2017


Make Your Home a Refuge for Native Tucson Birds (.pdf),  Article about Tucson's first Audubon certified Habitat at Home Yard - WLA Headquarters, Arizona Daily Star, June 2, 2016


Knowledge Base

Pool Hardscape Temperature Comparisons (.pdf)


Books and Publications

The Forgotten Pollinators by Stephen L. Buchman and Gary Paul Nabhan

Copyright 1996


Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being by Esther M. Sternberg, M.D., The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Copyright 2009


Native birds are in trouble in Tucson. Is there hope? Turner, W. R.,  Vermilion Flycatcher, March 2001


A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Press

Copyright 2000


Win-Win Ecology: How Earth’s Species can Survive in the Midst of Human Enterprise,

Michael L. Rosenzweig, Oxford University Press, NY April 2003



Butterflies, moths and skippers

Arizona Naturalists -


Bird species in Tucson

Tucson Audubon Society -

Arizona Naturalists -

Complete List of Arizona Birds -

Where are the Birds? Use the Species Density Map of the Tucson Bird Count -


Reptiles and amphibians within the Tucson area

Tucson Herpetological Society -


Reptile & amphibian species in Arizona



The Arizona Native Plant Society


Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Migratory Pollinators Program


Make Way for Monarchs: a Milkweed-Butterfly Recovery Alliance


The Pollinator Partnership


Sonoran Permaculture Guild


Southwest Monarch Study


Tucson Audubon Society


Tucson Bird Count


Plant Lists and Landscape Design

Desert Survivors Native Plant Nursery has a variety of plant lists including Butterfly Larval and Moth Larval Host Plants, Butterfly Nectar Plants, and Desert Tortoise Plants.