Habitat for Wildlife

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries wants to help you help wildlife on your property. The Habitat Partners© program encourages corporate landowners, private landowners, schools and homeowners to improve habitat in their community that will benefit Virginia's songbirds, mammals, amphibians and other wildlife.

Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council

VDGIF and the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council invite you to learn "The 8 Essential Elements of Conservation Landscaping" and see examples of good landscape design at the CCLC's website.

Increasing the Use of Virginia Native Plants

VA Native Plant Marketing Partnership - Coastal Zone Management Program

Backyard Habitat

  • Habitat at Home© Examples
  • Habitat Booklet (PDF)
  • Purchase the Habitat at Home© DVD
    • This program showcases four homeowner habitats: a butterfly garden, water gardens, shrub and woodland garden, and a native plant garden. Learn about invasive exotics, the importance of native plants for wildlife, and many tips for making your yard a sanctuary for nature. The DVD comes with informational brochure and plant list. Total running time 40:15.

Improving Habitat for Wildlife



The Corporate Habitat Program is open to businesses and industries interested in habitat improvement projects on their lands which will make a substantial contribution to the welfare of wildlife communities.


Questions about habitat?

Contact our Habitat Education Coordinator, Carol A. Heiser, by e-mail at or by phone, (804) 367-6989. Have other questions not related to habitat? Find out how to contact VDGIF.