Places for Wildlife
Places for Wildlife
Natural habitats for wildlife are rapidly decreasing due to urbanization and agricultural pressures. Residential areas, such as backyards, can play an important role in conserving wildlife. Homeowners can enhance the natural features in their yards and neighborhoods to create thriving wildlife habitats.
To attract wildlife, homeowners must provide food, water, and shelter. Natural vegetation such as native trees, shrubs, grasses, and flowering plants provide food sources. Water can be provided in a birdbath, dripper, or small pond. Wildlife requires nesting and shelter areas to survive. A diverse landscape of native trees, vines, shrubs, herbaceous plants, grasses, and ground covers creates ideal shelter areas. Providing these essentials will attract wildlife such as birds, butterflies, small mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.
The following documents detail some of the Mississippi Smart Landscape compatible solutions and methods that are available.
MSU Extension Service Publications
All wildlife requires food, water, and shelter to survive. This publication discusses providing those necessities in a backyard environment. Detailed information is given on how to attract birds, hummingbirds, butterflies, bats, snakes, lizards, toads, and frogs. Information is also provided on controlling deer, rodents, and other animals that are considered pests. Management tips are given for making your backyard the best habitat possible, including an example of how to create a trail.
Creating your backyard habitat can be very easy once you understand that wildlife, just like people, have three basic needs. These needs—food, water, and shelter—promote use and provide the lifecycle needs of wildlife
Butterflies and their host plants are intricately tied to one another. Generally, there are two types of plants that you must have in your garden for butterflies. This information sheet lists both types of plants and some of the butterflies you can expect to see in Mississippi.
When designed properly, residential gardens can attract a wide array of songbirds and other wildlife. With careful selection and placement of plants, it is possible to create a landscape that not only has ornamental interest throughout the year but also provides for the needs of various animal species.
Butterflies provide a beautiful living element in the landscape. In addition to their myriad colors, sizes, and forms, they provide an important role of pollinating many wildflowers and woody plants. The key to attracting butterflies is to simply provide their food sources and other living needs, both for adults and caterpillars. While providing for these needs, beautiful flowering gardens are often created as well.
Garden for Wildlife
Helping Birds at Home - Improving Bird Habitat in Your Yard
The Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Handbook
Chapter #5 pg 31-32
Alabama Smart Yards Handbook
Alabama Extension SMART YARDS ANR-1359.pdf
Chapter #7 pg 35-39 Attracting Wildlife
Wildlife Habitat Education Program : A Manual for Mississippi
Landscaping to Create Backyard Bird Habitat
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service - Wildlife Habitat