Backyard Wildlife Habitat Basics

The four essential components to attracting and sustaining wildlife on your property are:

1. Food

Native plants provide the best source of food for indigenous wildlife species.  Naturescaping using a diverse selection of native plants will provide an abundance of food including berries, seeds, nuts, nectar and even insects.  Birdhouses and hummingbird feeders are also a great addition to any backyard naturescape.

2. Water

Ponds, waterfalls, streams or other water features are critical to a backyard wildlife habitat. A wide array of mammals, amphibians, birds and insects will cover great distances to seek out a good water source.  Different species of animals prefer different water presentations.  The best plan of action is to cater to all of them.  For example a shallow pool area with cover for amphibians,  birds prefer gently moving water with perching areas and deeper pond areas will support fish.  Here at Ties with Nature we create our water features with everyone in mind.

3. Shelter

A majority of wildlife will find shelter in trees, shrubs, rock piles, wood piles and snags.  Good cover and shelter provide wildlife with areas to avoid predators, raise their young hide from the weather and rest.  A variety of native plants are ideal but lending nature a hand never hurts by creating bird houses, bat boxes, bee boxes, etc.

4. Space

The space requirements that different types of animals  require can vary drastically.  If you have an abundance of the components mentioned previously wildlife will be more likely to call your property home.  Speaking to your neighbor and convincing them to join in and create their own naturescape is a fantastic way to expand on urban wildlife habitat.  A community naturescaping project is also a terrific idea and a great way to combat the destruction of wildlife habitats through development.

I know that in the opening paragraph I said there are four main components to a thriving backyard wildlife habitat but at this time I would like to add one more that I feel is as equally important.

5. Sustainability

By introducing a rainwater harvesting system to your naturescape you will be able to ensure that both your plants and animals will have plenty of fresh non-chlorinated, chemical free water that they require in order to remain healthy.  You will not only have a fully self sustainable landscape but you will also be doing mother nature a giant favor.

Your rainwater harvesting system will control and utilize the storm water runoff and prevent sediment and chemical erosion such as pesticides and fertilizer from rinsing down in to your local stream, lake or ocean thus doing your part to prevent the destruction of more wildlife habitats down stream.

If you would like to begin on your own backyard wildlife habitat don’t hesitate to contact us.  We will examine your property and consult with you to determine the goals you wish to achieve on your property.  We can then begin the transformation and remodel your current landscape into a thriving naturescape.

Once you take part in our naturescaping service your yard will qualify and receive the distinction of becoming a Certified Wildlife Habitat.

Certified Wildlife Habitat Plaque

We will provide you with a plaque issued by the National Wildlife Federation.  Your certified wildlife habitat is not only a great way to brag to your neighbors and passers by but also an amazing method to create awareness in your community.

Backyard Wildlife Habitat Basics

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