Creating a Wildlife Habitat
You can create a wildlife habitat by providing a source of food, water and shelter.
Your backyard can be home for many different types of birds, butterflies, beneficial insects, bats, and other wildlife. Trees, shrubs, and other plants provide both food and shelter for wildlife. The types of plants you use for food and cover will help determine the wildlife species attracted to your backyard. Consider native plant species first. Plant a variety of species. Select plants that flower and bear fruit at different times of the year. Shrubs that produce berries can provide food throughout the year. Trees with nuts and fruit can also provide seasonal foods. Flowers and fruits of some plants attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your backyard. Incorporate a birdbath or other source of water and you have all the eliminates needed for a wildlife habitat.
The Basic Elements
A backyard wildlife habitat should provide:
- a place to reproduce and raise young
Safety Around Wildlife
Human injury or illness from wildlife is rare. These tips will ensure your safety:
- Watch but do not touch! Having birds and animals in your yard is not dangerous as long as you do not touch them. Some birds and mammals carry disease or have disease-carrying fleas on their bodies.
- Even though wildlife comes to your yard, they are still wild. It is their nature to attack anything that comes too close. Keep your distance and respect their territory.
- Keep pets protected by making sure they have had their shots.
- Do not try to assist a wild animal that appears to be ill. If a wild animal appears to be sick, or seems unafraid of you, do not touch it or approach it. Call your local animal control immediately.
Visit your local Agway for all you need to start, grow and maintain your backyard wildlife habitat.
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