Start by planting trees, shrubs and perennials for the birds, called “birdscaping”. The rule is to mimic nature, tall trees in the back, medium sized shrubs, and finally small perennials down in front. Read below for some tips on getting your Backyard Habitat started!
Supply the four main ingredients and wildlife will come to live in YOUR backyard too.
4. Nesting materials
Directions: Grow native plants for food and shelter. Add water. Stir in a few plants as nesting materials. Don’t be too neat, leave a brush pile as a hiding place. Watch what will show up when you supply the right ingredients!
Food sources can include native species of plants. Some examples include Serviceberry, Pine, Oaks, Sumac, and Elderberry. Try to keep invasive plants out of your yard, they might not be as enticing to your backyard critters. After cleaning up the yard, leave the brush pile in the backyard. Small animals will hide and possibly nest there. Water sources will also work to lure wildlife to your habitat. Finally, remember to keep your pet cat indoors. While they love the song birds as much as you do, they love them as dinner!
From there, all you need to do it sit back and wait for the wildlife! And once you have all the right ingredients go to the NWF's Backyard Wildlife Habitat site and apply for certification.