Are you trying to decide what to do with that empty flower garden this season? Why not consider creating a certified wildlife habitat
? Drawing wildlife to your backyard can be fun, relaxing, and an excellent educational opportunity for kids and adults alike.
The National Wildlife Foundation has created a program to help homeowners create habitat areas out of native, appropriate foods, plants, and shelters. Unlike sticking a bird feeder in your backyard, which is not always safe for birds
, a wildlife habitat provides food and shelter in a natural setting.
Animals are naturally drawn to your yard because it provides them a safe place to eat, breed, and to protect themselves from weather and predators. For instance, a toad house
is a great way encourage a healthy toad population, while nesting boxes
will draw in certain kinds of birds.
Once you've followed all of the necessary steps, you can apply to the National Wildlife Foundation to have your garden certified
and to purchase a sign that says so. Ready to learn more? Visit the NWF for specific details
and check out the gallery for hints on getting started.