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Creating our Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Step Three, Create Cover

Step 3 in the National Wildlife Federation (NWF)’s guidelines in the creation of a backyard wildlife habitat: Create Cover!

Chronicles of a Suburban Nature Mom

Today was day three of working towards making our backyard into a Certified Wildlife Habitat, per the guidelines provided by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). So far, we’ve completed step 1 (provide food) and step two (supply water).  Our focus today? Create cover for wildlife.

This step in the certification process requires that a backyard has two types of cover for wildlife, selected from the following list:

  • Brush Pile
  • Log Pile
  • Wooded Area
  • Dense Shrubs / Thicket
  • Meadow / Prairie
  • Evergreens
  • Ground Cover
  • Roosting Box
  • Water Garden / Pond
  • Bramble Patch
  • Burrow
  • Cave
  • Rock Pile / Wall

This one was a bit tough for us, though my son had fun trying to build cover with the many sticks he’s collected over the years (photo below). We definitely already have one major cover for wildlife… our deck. But “deck” isn’t one of the items on…

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  1. Wildlife likes a place to chill out and cool off or warm up – loving your posts on this subject!

    May 3, 2012
  2. I totally agree; it’s crucial in our modern culture/society, and doesn’t take much to provide a wee bit of help for these guys — some of whose populations have suffered a decline in recent years. Besides, it calms the soul to view nature. I was thrilled Nature Mom showed the guidelines provided by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), detailing the creation and necessary resources for local wildlife. Great for EVERYONE!

    May 3, 2012

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