I don't know about you, but I find the thought of birds and butterflies struggling to survive sad; and a day without them to be cheerless. Experts throughout the world agree that urbanization is destroying the habitat that wildlife needs to survive. Half of the world’s forests are gone. In 1900, 60% of the population lived in rural areas, and by 2000 only 17% of our population remained in rural areas. If we continue to take away the housing and food sources that wildlife need to survive, we threaten our own survival. Whether you have an apartment, balcony, or a 10-acre farm, you can create a garden that attracts beautiful wildlife and helps restore habitat in urban areas. By providing food, water, shelter and a place for birds and butterflies to raise their young you are not only helping wildlife, you are improving the quality of YOUR life.
Choose an area, large or small, and begin by providing a good food source for wildlife. This can be accomplished by planting native trees, shrubs and perennials that provide the seeds, nuts and berries that many species need to thrive. You can also add a colorful birdfeeder to your balcony or yard to supply tasty seeds that will attract beautiful songbirds closer to you.
Next you’ll need to add a fresh water source. Just as humans do, wildlife also needs a clean water source for survival, so if a small pond or lake is not available, add a birdbath to supply clean, fresh water for drinking and bathing. Remember to clean and refill the water daily and you will have hours of entertainment watching them drink and bathe!
Add a colorful birdhouse to help attract beautiful birds to your yard. Creating shelter for wildlife can help keep them hidden from predators, plus the shelter or house can double as a place for birds to raise their young and stay warm. Creating shelter for wildlife also attracts friendly neighbors and curious children to your habitat garden. You will have lots of fun times together bird-watching.
Lastly, practice sustainable gardening and go pesticide-free. Practicing pesticide-free gardening will give wildlife the necessary healthy insects to thrive in your yard. Remember that birds, like humans, need protein - specially to feed their growing babies - and birds get that protein from the insects in your garden. You need to help support the life of tasty insects to attract birds, and you will not be able to do that if you are using pesticides.
You will enjoy spending hours watching birds, butterflies, and other wildlife frolic in your garden or on your balcony.
Bring the wonder of Nature closer to you, then sit back and enjoy the show!