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Backyard wildlife habitat A backyard wildlife habitat is a combination of food, water, shelter, and space arranged to meet the needs of wildlife in your own backyard. Even a small yard or balcony can be created into a wildlife habitat to attract birds, butterflies, beneficial insects, reptiles, amphibians and small mammals. Creating a backyard wildlife habitat is a way to restore habitat one yard at a time. Something the world is in desperate need of. Building a wildlife habitat can be a never ending enjoyable experience. The more welcoming you are about it and the more welcoming you build your habitat to be, the more species you will attract and the more successful your habitat will be. At first you might find your habitat becoming home to unwanted creatures but in most cases these creature are more beneficial than harmful. A lot of ours earths ecosystems have been changing dramatically because of human activities and they no longer are able to provide all the necessary essentials wildlife needs to survive. Without the essentials to survive we begin to see declines and even extinction of many species because they struggle to raise their young. Every day places wildlife call home are destroyed for many unnecessary reasons. The amount of Habitat loss has become the leading threat to wildlife, making it difficult and sometimes impossible to survive in the world. In the United States, habitat loss is mostly due to destruction, fragmentation or degradation of habitat. Destruction of trees, fields, woods, wetlands and rivers has become so vast that continues to leave wildlife homeless, without food, and shelter. Fragmentation of the remaining wildlife habitat has become detrimental to the wildlife because it does not leave enoug... ... middle of paper ... ...ources are also a necessity when building a proper backyard wildlife habitat. Wildlife need sources of clean water for many purposes, such as, drinking, bathing, and reproduction. Natural water sources such as ponds, lakes, rivers, springs and oceans are obviously not always available when making your own habitat so creating your own source is important. You can install small ponds, little flowing streams, or rain gardens. Or, to keep it even simpler, bird baths, and puddling areas for butterflies are perfect. It is important to not have still water areas that could attract mosquitos and become a nesting area for them, so be sure to change the water 2-3 times per week during warm weather when mosquitoes are breeding. If you live in a climate with cold winters, consider buying a small heater designed specifically for bird baths to keep water from freezing. Protection

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