DIY Yard Habitats

Whether you have a country mile or a small patio outside of your downtown apartment, The majority of people have the ability to conserve animal habitats. Here are a few tips to turn your space in to a productive part of the animal ecosystem.

  • Start by sketching out your space and determining what is already there. Think about a variety of things that may influence the wildlife in your area. these main considerations would be food and shelter or protection.
  • After you have your area laid out and have determined what is currently there go ahead and decide if any of these plants or structures can be eliminated and replaced with something more friendly to the desired wildlife in your area.
  • We understand that budgets greatly affect how much of this can be done so it may be wise to plan what you will do when and spread the expenses out over weeks months or even years depending on the size of the project and your budget.
  • In your sketch begin to add trees, shrubs, and other plants that provide ground cover and food for animals.
    • When selecting plants and trees consider neighboring properties, when the plants or trees bear fruit or other sources of food, as well as when they shed ┬áleaves and how that will affect cover and hiding for the animals.
    • Also be sure to consider eventual size of everything you plant so it doesn’t become a problem in the future.
  • There are many resources available on what types of cover and foods are preferred by any given animal. A little research goes a long ways.

Every small piece to habitat protection and conservation matters in the grand scheme of things so even if you can only do a bird feeder or small plant for bees and butterflies remember that it helps the big picture.

I look forward to seeing some of the creative solutions you all come up with! Please share any pictures or stories with us by sending them to or to either of our social media accounts: Facebook / Instagram

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