Attract wildlife to your back yard. Several plants and
flowers provide food and shelter for wildlife. You can
help by planting some in your yard. Zinnias, cosmos, butterfly
weed, salvias, and many other plants provide nectar. Open
blossoms like zinnias help butterflies get to the nectar.
Parsley, dill, and fennel provide food for butterfly larvae.
Do some research and find other plants that you can use
to attract butterflies.
Place a shallow dish of water in your yard. Birds love to take baths and all animals need water on hot days. Place the water in the shade and close to shelter so birds will feel safe.
Small mammals, reptiles, and some insects like to hide
under rocks or wood. Ask your parents if you can create
a shelter by providing a small pile of rocks or wood.
Have your parents with you when you move the pile. You
don't know what's hiding under there!
Birds can find food in the warm months, but may have difficulty
during the winter. You can put food in a bird feeder,
hang suet from tree branches. What other kinds of food
do birds like? Do different birds like different kinds
How many different kinds of birds can you identify in your yard? Do they come at certain times of the year or do they stay all year?
Male Northern Cardinal
Some insects are beneficial to our plants; they feed on
pest insects and help our environment. Do some research
and find out what insects can help you in your yard. How
can you prevent killing the beneficial insects?