Sunday, April 22, 2007
A Nuturing Place for Wildlife
I busy myself with garden plans while I wait, impatiently, for the chilly rains of April to give in to the warmth of May. If you find yourself doing the same thing, spend a little time here.
Over 70,000 families have turned their gardens into backyard habitats, with the help of the National Wildlife Federation.
It's easy. A fantastic learning experience for kids and adults, alike. Plus, the end result is infinitely more beautiful and rewarding than a typical garden.
1) Set aside a portion of your yard for the habitat.
2) Discover native flowers and vegetation, important to local wildlife.
3) Create a water source to encourage them to stay.
4) Provide protection for nesting and raising young.
5) Tell NWF about your hard work! They'll certify your yard and send you a sign so you can tell the world that yours is a wildlife-friendly habitat!
Complete how-to instructions.
There are 2 schools of thought when it comes to human involvement with wildlife. Some say we should step aside and let nature take her course. Others feel that a people population in the billions is forcing nature to take another course. I tend to agree.
We're here. They're here. Nobody's going anywhere. So, perhaps we could find ways to co-exist. Local wildlife is adapting. Maybe we can, too.