Wildlife Sanctuary - The Green Place

If you love watching wildlife, you should consider turning your average backyard space into a sanctuary for wild animals, from birds to squirrels, chipmunks and other local critters. By providing these animals with the food, water and shelter that they require to survive, you can successfully deter them from trying to make their way into your home for comfort and warmth. This will prevent you from ever having to deal with a wild animal in your home and will also make it unnecessary to ever have to call wildlife control to remove an animal from your property.

Of course, this maybe for the true go green enthusiasts. Are you interested in what it takes to make your backyard more hospitable to the creatures you share your neighbourhood with? Continue reading for some tips that will help you get started.

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Creating A Wildlife Sanctuary

Pesticides, fungicides, herbicides and fertilizers are filled with harmful chemicals that adversely affect wild animals and even people. Therefore, switch to organic fertilizers and organic pest control methods. This is the first step in ensuring that the environment in your backyard is as clean and pure as possible so that wildlife can be safe there.

Provide Animals with Food and Water

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The best way to provide food to local wildlife is to grow plants that they can consume. Look into native trees, bushes and flowering plants that the animals can use. Plants that produce berries in the winter, for example, are especially helpful. Trees, such as oak trees, that produce nuts, are great for squirrels. You can also provide supplemental food by setting up a birdfeeder or a squirrel feeder as well. This is especially helpful during the seasons when these animals reproduce, as well as during the winter when food is difficult to find.

Make sure a source of clean water is always available as well. You can do so by purchasing a large, shallow dish that you can fill with water and that will withstand the elements, or you can install a birdbath as a decorative element to your yard. If you want to go a step further, you can install a small fountain or pond.

Create Areas for Shelter

The Green Wildlife Sanctuary

Setting up a simple brush pile that consists of yard debris, such as branches and leaves, is a really easy way to create a little bit of shelter for small animals. Put up birdhouses, bat houses and even bee houses that can help all of these animals thrive throughout the seasons. If you have large trees in your yard, these can serve as habitat for squirrels and raccoons as well. You can even make the workload less on yourself by setting aside a small area of your lawn that you will not mow as often. The taller grass can provide habitat to certain species of wildlife.

There are many ways that you can go about transforming your basic backyard into a beautiful habitat for wildlife. Not only will you be providing food, water and shelter to creatures in need, but you will also be beautifying your space at the same time.

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The author of this post is Erin Temple, an employee at Swat Wildlife, specialists in animal control in Toronto. Erin is also an animal rights activist and loves blogging about animal rights.

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