Making Your Property Wildlife Friendly
First, and foremost, keep your cat confined indoors!
Carol is strongly opposed to violence or
cruelty of any kind toward
cats or other animals.
Please report known illegal activities to the proper authorities.
There are humane methods for excluding cats
from your property.
To make your garden wildlife friendly...
- Provide water (and lots of it!) Dripping, flowing, bubbling, running
water attracts all sorts of birds and other animals. It is fun to put food
out for the birds, but water is even more critical. Be careful about building
a little pond and stocking it with expensive fish. You wouldn't
be the first person to witness an egret making a quick meal out of all
your pricey fish (after all, they've got to eat too!). Try stocking it with
some cheap fish and then enjoy the show!
- Plant fruit trees. Robins are particularly fond of cherries (yes they do
eat something other than worms!). If you have junipers, you may be lucky
enough to see a flock of beautiful Cedar Waxwings. Trying to learn
bird identification skills? Let the
National Audubon Society help you!
- Plant flowers. If its hummingbirds you're after, try planting trumpet
vines. They love them! Also, you can make your own sugar solution to put
in hummingbird feeders from 1 part sugar to 3 (or 4 ) parts water. Boil it for 20 minutes
and cool. NEVER use honey and be sure to change out that solution every
- Provide shade trees and brush piles. Birds need to hide and cool
- Provide houses and nesting material. Try hanging out the lint from your
dryer and little scraps of material and yarn. You'd be surprised to
see where it may end up!
Hoping to attract opossums and raccoons? Biologist Ron Jurek has
reservations about the promoting of wildlife feeding, especially opossums and raccoons.
wish to go to this site.
Squirrels: You either love them or you hate them! If you love them, put
out sunflower seed, dry corn, and peanuts. If you hate them, put
baffels around your feeders. It also helps to put corn out and AWAY
from your feeders (keeps the critters out of trouble!)
Bunnies are easy. Provide water, brush piles, and dried corn and sunflower seeds
(although food is not necessary as they are excellent foragers). Of
course a nice garden with goodies in it helps...
For more information on creating wildlife friendly yards, contact the National Wildlife Federation.