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Help Backyard Wildlife Keep Cool July 28, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Life Balance, Nature.

Hand-dipping-in-waterIn the heat of the summer, there’s nothing quite as refreshing as a cold glass of water or a dip in the pool, lake or ocean.

But many animals can’t find the relief offered by a cool haven when their normal watering holes dry up due to evaporation or lack of rain.

You can help!!!

Here are a few helpful hints for turning your yard into a haven for wildlife this summer:

* Provide a bird bath on a pedestal or a shallow dish at ground level to attract birds and other animals.

Butterfly* Make a puddling area where butterflies can gather and take in nutrients.

* Clean and refill your bird bath or water dish every few days to prevent your water source from becoming a breeding habitat for mosquitoes.

* Create a pond, if space permits, to provide habitat as well as a water supply for frogs, dragonflies and more.

For more tips on helping backyard wildlife, visit National Wildlife Federation.


1. cindy - July 29, 2010

You would love the birdlife in Johannesburg gardens 🙂

nrhatch - July 29, 2010

I love watching birds (although I would never pass for a birdwatcher . . . no vest, guidebook, or scopes). : )

I’ll have to check out some of the varieties on line and compare them with here.

We are so fortunate to live where we live (essentially in the middle of a bird sanctuary) with pelicans, herons, egrets, ibis, cormorants, anhingas, spoonbills, ducks, morhen, etc., to greet us each morning when we step outside.

2. lilabyrd - July 29, 2010

Hi! Nice post. I’m a member of the Leader’s Club with NWF are you a member too? I love all my feathered friends and have many other critters in my little urban wildlife habitat. I am so glad to see others posting to take care of the wild things need for water in this hot summer time. ……. Lila

nrhatch - July 29, 2010

No, I’m not a member of the Leader’s Club, but I’ve supported NWF for many years.

In Maryland, our yard was certified by NWF as a backyard habitat to birds, raccoons, deer, the occasional fox, etc..

Thanks for stopping by and for helping out our fine feathered friends.

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