Create a Backyard Habitat
Creating a backyard habitat is a way to invite back to your yard the native plant and wildlife species displaced when the land where you live was developed for human use. Loss of habitat caused by deforestation, water pollution, and residential and commercial development threatens wildlife biodiversity and is a leading cause for population decline of endangered species. You can help if you create a backyard wildlife habitat to share your space with native wildlife. Backyard habitat can be developed in even the smallest of spaces, and you can make small changes that will not only attract wildlife to your yard, but will ensure that you maintain a healthy yard for various species to live.
A beautifully manicured lawn may impress the neighbors, but it can be detrimental to wildlife struggling to survive in your area. Chances are that the four elements vital to wildlife--food, clean water, shelter, and a place to raise young--were altered or destroyed when your home was built. Creating a backyard ecosystem means providing these four necessary elements by reintroducing natural resources and native plant species to your yard that can support native wildlife. You may already have a few of these elements in place, and developing your backyard habitat will not be a major project. Or you may be ready to overhaul your backyard and want to incorporate these wildlife-friendly elements into your plan. Whatever the scope of your project, you should know that even a few small changes will attract wildlife to your yard.
Your backyard was not always a place for family barbeques and seemingly endless yard work. It was once a natural habitat and part of a larger ecosystem that sustained diverse plant and animal species for as long as you can probably imagine. By taking the time to create a backyard wildlife habitat, you will make wildlife feel at home again, and your family and friends will enjoy the increased presence of your natural neighbors.
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