Plant Database forum: Possible expansion to wildlife attractant?

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Name: Deb
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Nov 15, 2017 2:56 PM CST
I'm slowly going through My List and updating the database re native conservation status of plants I have, along with fleshing out missing info when I can (some entries are pretty bare-boned). I'm down to the willows (Salix) and belatedly am wondering if we could/should expand the wildlife attractant category to include plants that provide browse to large mammals, provide fruit/seeds for small mammals, and provide cover for birds, reptiles, and small mammals. Perhaps a check box for good riparian plants, which are so important to our wildlife. I realize that many folks are more interested in eliminating native animals from their gardens (deer in particular), but there is a flip side to that coin that seems to be rather missing from our database info. To some degree the choice 'suitable for forage' under Miscellaneous covers the large mammals, although I think of that choice as relating more to domesticated farm animals (cattle, horses, etc.). I'm currently in native-mode and it just struck me as a bit of a missing link.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.

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