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Sunday, 23 September 2018

MFOA’s 10 Steps to Creating a Wildlife Friendly Backyard
Written by Robert Fisk   
Wednesday, 31 January 2007

1.Develop a plan. Check the library, bookstore and internet. Establish your habitat goals. Manage the habitat not the species themselves.

2. Find out what species are present in your community.  

3. Contact landscapers or other resources with interest and knowledge in backyard wildlife habitats.

4. All animals require four basic elements from their habitat in order to survive and thrive: food, water, shelter and a place to raise their young. Carefully select native trees, shrubs and other vegetation that provide the best habitat characteristics to attract wildlife. A variety of plants is good.

5. Create staging areas, shelter from predators and escape from severe weather.

6. Build bird houses, feeding areas and nesting facilities that are protected from cats, squirrels, coyotes and the elements.

7. Food and water should be consistent as well as clean. Wildlife especially need your help during the cold winter months   

8. Habitat management. Learn animal habitats, diets and behavior. Keep human belongings and trash secure.

9. Pet cats and dogs should be kept inside, taken outside with supervision / tether and/or allowed to run in a confined area.  

10. Respect wildlife, do not feed certain species, keep your distance and let them remain wild.

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