Wildlife Habitat

There are many reasons to restore wildlife habitat. For example, game species may be of interest, or landowners may be avid birders. Landowners might also need to adhere to requirements made by an agency such as the US Fish and Wildlife or Arizona Game and Fish to include vegetation at a restoration site that supports existing wildlife in general, or to provide specific habitat structure or food sources for a threatened or endangered animal whose habitat may have been harmed. General wildlife habitat generally requires high heterogeneity in plant type and structure [1] while particular species of interest can be targeted with a strategic seed mix. For example, seed eating desert rodents tend to prefer large-seeded winter annuals for food [2] while ants tend to specialize on smaller seeded species [3].