9 REALLY USEFUL THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR WILDLIFE
(AND RECYCLING DOESN’T COUNT!)
- Become familiar with the wildlife in your backyard – keep a journal.
- Hang bird feeders and keep them filled year round.
- Build and erect bird boxes in various sizes ( keep records of occupants’ use ) and clean them each Fall.
- Plant native trees and shrubs for food and shelter.
- Water is critical for life. Add water features like baths and small ponds near bushes and trees.
- Let dead trees stand!! Many kinds of wildlife need tree cavities for their life cycle.
- Create brush piles and mow less lawn. It reduces fossil fuel consumption – oil, gas or diesel – while attracting more wildlife, too.
- Keep cats indoor and remove free roaming cats. Outdoor cats are estimated to kill more than 3 billion birds & small mammals annually. The mere presence of a cat can cause birds to abandon their nest or young!
- Smaller families (2 and done) consume less virgin resources and produce less toxic and non-toxic waste.
VISIT LOCAL NATURE CENTERS, ZOOS AND LIBRARIES FOR MORE INFORMATION
“An economy based on the consumption of fixed resources will consume itself.”
All images by Paul Schnell unless otherwise noted