Want to make your property better for wildlife? Here are some quick tips.
1. Plant more native trees, shrubs, berries and flowering plants; vegetation is the key to attracting a variety of wildlife.
2. Add a birdbath, pond rain garden or other source of water. A safe place to bathe and drink will act as a magnet to many animals.
3. Add bird houses or, better yet, try to leave snags on your property. Cavity-nesting birds are especially impacted by urban development.
4. Control cats that may be prowling around your sanctuary; they can be especially harmful to birds that feed or nest on the ground.
5. Get your neighbors interested in backyard wildlife. Several adjacent yards with good wildlife resources are even more effective.