This morning, this little guy was striking a pose and waiting calmly for what felt like 15 minutes in my backyard. Just sitting there, waiting, patiently for something…..
He had a friend! Or sibling. Whatever it is, these two then spent the next hour running around my backyard darting in and out of the firewood stacks, jumping on tree stumps and finding tree roots to gnaw on.
It was a beautiful thing to witness and I thought it might be helpful to post some of my favorite tips to help wildlife where you live… Here we go:
- Warmer weather also means it will be several months before you’ll need to light a fire in the fireplace to warm up the house. Take the time to double check that the flue to the fireplace is properly closed. Keeping it open is like having a small window open in the house and can also be an unwelcome invitation to wildlife to accidentally enter your home.
- According to the National Wildlife Federation, one of the easiest ways to attract birds to your yard is to eliminate the use of insecticides for your lawn and garden. Yards that are void of insects will also be void of birds, since they love to hunt and eat insects and it’s the primary source of protein. Also, if a tree dies or falls, consider leaving it where it is, since a decomposing tree can be both habitat and a source of food for birds.
- Warmer months also means picnics at the park. Even if the venue has trash receptacles for food packaging, consider being as minimal as possible in your choices since overflowing trash cans can be a buffet for wildlife or a gust of wind can re-distribute the trash all over the park. Wrap sandwiches in aluminum foil and opt for beverages in reusable thermoses with their own built-in cup. Pack fruit that wraps itself—like bananas or apples–and bring the peels and skins home. Bring everything and take everything back with you.
- More than 80% of the calls received by the Humane Society of the US’ (HSUS) Humane Wildlife Services involve wild critters trapped in someone’s home. One common animal—the squirrel—often finds its way inside through small cracks and crevices. Their preferred method of getting to the roof is to jump through trees, so the HSUS recommends trimming tree branches so they are at least 6 feet away from the house. This practice not only keeps squirrels away, but it also protects your roof from storm damage in the future.
- At the end of the wedding, one custom includes throwing confetti or rice at the bride and groom. This can be problematic since dried rice can make wildlife sick and paper confetti can be almost impossible to clean up. One solution is to buy organic grass seed and use that instead; it’s safe to throw and will land on the lawn that likely needs to be re-seeded after all the guests have been standing and sitting on it.