Wildlife in Your Own Backyard

This week’s blog was written by Francesca R., a Drummers alumni. She shares tips on how to create a wildlife-friendly backyard.

Taking care of wildlife may seem tough sometimes. One may even feel overwhelmed with the thought of all that needs to be done for the environment, but, luckily, there are many little ways we can change not only the welfare of nature around us but the way we look at helping out the natural world.

Actually, starting with simply your own backyard to create a wildlife-friendly environment and creating a peaceful environment for you and other species of plants and animals, according to many resources such as the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, can greatly improve your health and stress levels.

Deer Enjoying the Backyard

Therefore, how does one make their backyard wildlife affable? The following are some ways to change your backyard and, essentially your way of living for the better:

1) Plant native annuals and perennial flowers, but avoid planting invasive species in your garden. Invasive species can be destructive to many different plants and animals in the area, so think about planting flowers and plants that wildlife in your area uses healthily. Also, many colorful plants attract butterflies and bees, which are incredibly good for the environment.

2)”BEE” nice to bees (see what I did there?). When you see a bee, do not try to shoo it away. Actually, bees will not be inclined to sting if it does not feel threatened, so, as long as you mind your own business, bees and humans could live together peacefully.

3)Try skipping the pesticides… seriously. Not only are these harmful for plants and bugs but for animals who are just looking for food. Try using organic lawn and garden treatments instead.

4) Get a birdbath. Believe it or not, they really do help birds, bats, and other animals. Clean water is extremely important to all living things, not just us.

5) Keep a couple of dead trees in your yard if you are able and it is safe. Dead trees and tree trunks act as homes for many animals like owls, wrens, and some insects. Much of wildlife use cover and shelter to take care of young and breed. Trees provide homes for many of these adorable creatures!

6) Includes rocks in your garden. Rocks help amphibians, snakes, and other little critters in finding a safe place to live. Rocks also look nice in a place where there a lot of colors because it creates a buffer instead of color clashing.

Most of all, find humane and kind solutions to any problems that may arise with animals. Being kind to and coexisting with the natural world not only makes us feel better mentally and physically, but it also helps the planet Earth in the long run.

The photo used in this blog belongs to the author.