Backyard Habitat

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Naturescaping: Improving Wildlife Habitat One Yard at a Time

Even in the most urban settings, wildlife surrounds us. Some highly adaptable species have learned to survive and even thrive in human dominated landscapes, but they usually represent only a tiny fraction of the diversity of species that existed before the area was developed. When it comes to the health of the natural world, diversity is the key, and naturescaping is a way of increasing the natural diversity on your property and helping wildlife.
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Native Plants Support Native Wildlife

The best habitat for native wildlife in your backyard is one with native plants in it. Native plants and wildlife are those that exist naturally in a given area and have not been introduced by humans. Native plants and animals often have complex interrelationships that have evolved over the course of thousands of years. They are both extremely well-adapted to the natural environmental conditions in their native region and their activities often play a role in shaping and/or maintaining the ecosystem.
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Safe Pruning

The Puget Sound region is home to a wide array of wildlife species, many of whom make their homes in forests or in individual trees. Trees and forests provide critical food sources, cover, and nesting sites for many of these wild species. Woodpeckers, cavity nesting owls, squirrels and bats take advantage of standing dead trees, and a multitude of birds grace the branches of still-living trees with their amazing and varied nests.
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Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary Programs

Every year in Washington, 35,000 acres of wildlife habitat is converted into housing or other developed land. This makes every piece of available habitat an important one—including your very own back yard. It is important to take steps toward making your backyard habitat safe and one that provides food, shelter and water for our wild neighbors.
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Providing Safe Food and Water for Birds

Providing backyard bird feeders, though unnecessary, is an extremely popular activity in the United States; in fact, over 40% of Americans have backyard feeders. It is so popular that it has become big business and is promoted as beneficial to both humans and birds in that it allows people to enjoy bird watching from the comfort of their own home and provides birds with a steady food source. However, feeding at a communal backyard feeder can have hidden risks for birds.
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Windows: The Invisible Danger

From broken bones and beaks to severe head and spinal trauma, a window collision can have catastrophic results for a bird. Some birds are killed outright during the impact, and those that are only temporarily stunned may be taken by predators during their recovery period or die of internal injuries later. Colliding with a window is one of the most common injuries in birds affecting everything from tiny songbirds to hawks and owls.