Inviting wildlife into our yards can be a great way to get some spectating in without leaving the comfort of our homes. Regardless of the size of your yard, there are endless possibilities to creating a wildlife haven. Whether you’re looking to step up your bird watching came or spend time building a natural craft with your children, these at-home crafts will quickly turn even the smallest garden into a wildlife sanctuary.
#1 – Provide Pollen
If you don’t have any allergies to worry about, providing a pollen source is a great way to lure wildlife into your yard. You don’t need to do any major landscaping, though. Simply buying pollen and nectar rich potted plants will be enticing for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other insects. Try to vary your pollen selection so that you have pollen available throughout the year, even in winter. You can try and use plants that flower year round, or you can keep a variation of plants that flower at different times during the year.
#2 – Suspend A Bird Bath
Freestanding bird baths often take up quite a bit of space, so if you don’t want to use one of those you can absolutely suspend one. You might find that the birds even like it a little bit better! Hang it from a tree or wall near other plants and food sources and keep it full of fresh water. Putting it in a more natural-looking area will make the birds feel a little more comfortable than if it were right on your patio. Especially on warm days, you’re likely to see birds enjoying their cool wading pool.
#3 – Offer Fresh Water
You can offer fresh water in a bird bath, but if you want to encourage frogs and other animals from visiting you’ll want to have some sort of pond on the ground. Although not everyone wants to dig up a true pond area, you can certainly use a container with water and aquatic plants. Many people keep outdoor bucket ponds with goldfish, guppies or other hardy fish. If you do add fish, consider that you may have to bring them inside during the colder months.
#4 – Create A Mini-Meadow
If leaving a small portion of your yard overgrown doesn’t sound like something you want to do, you can plant a small meadow-like garden. Letting grasses get overgrown offer a place for animals like rabbits to hide. If you don’t have enough ground space, you can plant wildflower seeds in a small pot to place on the windowsill outside and watch as bees, butterflies and other insects come investigate.
#5 – Provide Safe Food
Bird feeders are a great way to watch wildlife from indoors. Either using suspended bird feeders or leaving containers anywhere in your yard will bring feathered friends in your area. Make sure you offer food that’s safe for the birds in your area. If you notice other animals foraging on seeds and plants, make sure that they’re also safe. You might find that rabbits and squirrels also enjoy some nuts, seeds and grasses that are in your garden.