Creating Our Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Step Two, Supply Water
Step 2 in the guidelines set forth by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), in the creation of a backyard wildlife habitat: Supply Water!
For those of you who are following us, you know that yesterday my son and I started to create a wildlife habitat in our backyard, following the guidelines set by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). Yesterday our focus was on providing food sources for wildlife. Today, we worked on step two… supply water for wildlife.
Certification requires that the backyard provide one water source, selected from the following list:
- Seasonal Pond
- Water Garden / Pond
- Rain Garden
- River / Stream
- Shallow Dish
- Puddling Area
In the past, providing water in our yard for wildlife wasn’t something I thought about. Actually, my focus was on emptying out any little bit of pooled water I could find, as I don’t want any mosquitoes breeding in the yard. Also, there is a natural spring just on the other side of our fence, which is primarily what attracts…
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Cute bird bath:) A few of the quail in our yard drink right from the drip system – pretty cleaver birds I must say!
I love her birdbath, too! I have one as well, and I’m constantly refilling it. It’s hysterical; I was just mentioning to someone the other day that the birds actually let me know when it’s dirty — when it’s time to change the water. The grackles in particular just perch and scream, staring into the porch… Immediately returning when it’s been cleaned. Speaking of….