Even if you live in a city, you're surrounded by wildlife. From birds and bees to raccoons and squirrels, your backyard is full of wildlife just waiting to be seen. This guide will tell you how to attract wildlife in your backyard.
Tip #1: Buy a bird feeder
Bird feeders are a great way to attract birds. You can buy large bags of seed for very cheap, and you can even make your own bird feeder out of an old soda bottle if you're crafty. To start attracting birds, place the birdfeeder in a high location so that most types of birds can reach it, but squirrels cannot.
Bird feeders help supplement birds' daily diets, but they shouldn't rely on bird feeders for the bulk of their food. Bird feeders will also help you see some of the brightest, coolest songbirds out there, like goldfinches and cardinals.
No backyard? No problem! You can use suction cups to hang a bird feeder right outside your window!
Tip #2: Put up a bat house
Bats are another common creature that can be found in almost every area. They eat large amounts of insects, so you might think putting out a plate of food for them would work too, but feeding bats is actually less effective than buying or making a bat house. Bat houses are usually made of wood and consist of an enclosed space where they can safely hide during the day.
Be careful with bats, and admire them from a distance. Bats can carry diseases that are dangerous to humans. Bats are nocturnal, so they will come out at night.
Tip #3: Take care of your garden
You can attract more wildlife by providing food and shelter to all types of bugs. This may sound counterintuitive (because most folks think bugs are gross), but guess what eats bugs? Cool birds and mammals! Many bugs serve as food for your local Ranger Rick and Rocky The Squirrel. A few examples are earthworms, beetles, grasshoppers, butterflies, and moths.
By planting a garden in your backyard, you can grow many types of plants that will provide food for wildlife. Buy some seeds at your local store or look online to find out which plants are native to your area.
Tip #4: Keep your leaves in the fall and spring.
Leave your fallen leaves on the ground so that worms have an easier time digging through them. Don't pile up your leaves into big piles though - that reduces some of their value. Small piles are ok, because they give hiding spaces for reptiles, invertebrates, and other creepy crawlies.
Tip #5: Invest in a camera
The best part about watching wildlife is capturing the action! Trail cameras and motion detector cameras are reasonably priced and can provide you with hours of entertainment. Some, like Ring cameras, will even notify your phone when there's movement afoot outside. You can also check out YouTube for tutorials on how to build your own trail camera system. You'll be surprised at what you see when you're not around!