postheadericon How to Create a Wildlife Habitat

Do you want to see birds, butterflies, frogs and more in your yard? By creating another place for them to eat and nest, you can help many local species and possibly save them from extinction.

You don’t actually have to have a big backyard. Even if you just have a balcony, you can still do some things. Plant a few flowers in pots and put out a bird-feeder. Whether you have a huge yard or just a tiny space, you can do a little something to support wildlife.

How to Create a Wildlife Habitat

1 Online or in books, find lists of plants to use. There are many lists available of plants that are native to your area that are attractive to birds, bees, and butterflies. Talk to the people at your local nursery, they may (or may not) know something about this. Once you have a good knowledge of natives, it’s not a good idea to add some non-natives just for fun, because they can destroy native plants and they won’t attract your local wildlife.

How to Create a Wildlife Habitat

2 To attract butterflies, you need to include plants for both the caterpillars (larval stage) and the butterfly. Again, many lists of plants are available in books and online.

How to Create a Wildlife Habitat

3 Get or buy some plants and gather some people to help you plant them. See if you can find an organic nursery to get your plants from. Plant organically, using no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.

How to Create a Wildlife Habitat

4 Make a difference and plant 1 or 2 trees for nesting. (Try to get a tree that already started growing and plant it.

How to Create a Wildlife Habitat

5 Buy bushes to plant. If you want to make it fancy, create a pattern. For example, put trees in the middle, plant bushes around them in a circle and leave room for walking through.

How to Create a Wildlife Habitat

6 Plant as great a variety of plants as you can. Birds love wildflowers, and they love a meadow or prairie. They use parts of the tall grasses in their nests.

How to Create a Wildlife Habitat

7 Some flowers which attract wildlife include asters, coneflowers, sunflowers, coreopsis, salvia, cup plant, cat mint, herbs and onions. Check which are native to your area.

How to Create a Wildlife Habitat

8 Plant berry bushes. Birds and many other animals rely on the berries. Plant blueberries or blackberries or raspberries, for example.

How to Create a Wildlife Habitat

9 Install a sprinkler or just water by hand.

How to Create a Wildlife Habitat

10 Put in a couple of bird baths for birds to bathe in and drink. Change the water every week to prevent disease.

How to Create a Wildlife Habitat

11 Put out a bird-feeder to help out the birds that are migrating through your area. They love sunflower seeds.

How to Create a Wildlife Habitat

12 To make things more enjoyable, have a pond built and keep a fence around it. Remember skunks, squirrels, etc. will be coming around more often. (When installing a pond with fish in it you need an underwater heater.

How to Create a Wildlife Habitat

13 Buy fish for the pond from PetSmart. Buy goldfish. They grow to be incredible sizes! Put real plants in the water, and use a filter. Read up on how to care for your garden pond.

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