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Wildlife In Winter (Cedar Waxwing With Berry)
Cedar Waxwings travel in colder months, searching for available berries and other fruiting shrubs. Keeping a diversity of fruit and seed producing native plants is great for attracting wildlife year-round. See www.wildflower.org/plants to search the right native plants for your garden.
Water (Squirrel At Bird Bath)
Mammals like this fox squirrel (Sciurus niger) are successful foragers and do not need feeders if native, nut-producing trees are available. Wild Birds Unlimited® supplies feeders that keep squirrels out of bird feeders. For tips on how to create backyard water features see the Building a Backyard Pond page.
Food (Bee On Purple Coneflower)
Bees and other pollinators are responsible for 80% of the food we eat, and most of North America's 4000 species of bees are stingless! To learn more: www.pollinatorpartnership.org
Places For Young (Deer Fawn)
Wildlife gardens provide places for raising young animals, sometimes including larger species like this white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus). As cute as they are, it's important to never approach or move young wildlife, as their parents often leave them safely for extended periods of time.
Tree Cover (Canopy)
Trees are vitally important for humans and wildlife. Trees provide important shelter from the wind, sun, and rain; produce seeds and nuts for food; and filter carbon dioxide from the air, reducing the negative effects of global warming. For more information on reducing your global warming impacts, see: NWF: Personal Solutions.
Sustainable Gardening (Tree Swallow on Fence Post)
Providing nest boxes for insect-eating birds such as the tree swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) is an eco-friendly way to keep pests under control in your garden. For tips on nest boxes see the Building a Nesting box page.
Food (Monarch on milkweed)
Monarchs (Danaus plexippus) need native milkweed host plants as food for their caterpillars. Order seeds for your monarch-friendly garden at: www.monarchwatch.org/waystations.
Connecting Children To Nature (Girl With Flowers)
Children have a natural affinity for plants and animals. Sharing even an hour outdoors everyday can help improve their health and learning skills. For activities you can do with your child outdoors: www.greenhour.org
Sustainable Gardening (Gulf Fritillary On Flower)
Many non-native plants provide food for wildlife such as this Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae), but they can out-compete native species and disrupt ecosystems. Find tips on planting the right native plants for your region at: www.pollinator.org/guides.htm.
Certify Your Habitat (NWF Wildlife Habitat Sign)
Creating a NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat in your yard, school, or business is a great way to provide vital resources for wildlife in a rapidly changing landscape. Go to Garden for Wildlife Sign Order to certify your space and help wildlife survive and thrive!