Creating a backyard habitat for wildlife can be fun and easy. From a small urban deck to a large piece of land, a wildlife habitat will provide the necessities to plants and animals native to your area. The project can be taken on by one person or an entire family and will serve as a place of peace and education for years to come.
Wildlife needs four things to survive in nature; food, water, space, and shelter. Creating these things in your yard is not as hard as it may sound.
Every living being must eat. Providing food can be as simple as natural plant food and a bird feeder to planting trees and shrubs that provide nectar, pollen, berries and seeds that much of wildlife requires to survive.
Water is needed by all life in order to survive. Water is not only used for drinking, but also bathing. Water can be supplied by ponds and other natural water sources but can also be supplied in smaller areas using a shallow dish of fresh water.
In order to feel safe from predators, including humans, wildlife need a place to hide. Wildlife may use a man-made habitat, dead trees and shrubs, or trees. This also provides protection from the elements. Shelter also serves as a place for wildlife to raise their young.
Backyard nature habitats can be certified by The National Wildlife Federation. You can visit The National Wildlife Federation web site at www.nwf.org. You can also go directly to the backyard habitat page at http://www.nwf.org/Get-Outside/Outdoor-Activities/Garden-for-Wildlife/Create-a-Habitat.aspx