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Habitat loss remains a huge threat to wildlife across the country. Development has significantly reduced habitat for the birds, mammals and other animals that used to call these lands home. In fact, pollinators -- like butterflies, bees and hummingbirds -- are on the decline worldwide.
But you can assist simply by making your outdoor space welcoming to local wildlife to help them thrive and regain lost habitat. Whether you have an apartment balcony or a 20-acre farm, you can create a garden that attracts beautiful wildlife and helps restore habitat in commercial and residential areas.
Pledge to make your outdoor space wildlife-friendly with these easy steps:
― Provide food for wildlife - Plant native trees and shrubs or set up a feeder.
― Supply water for wildlife - If you don't have a stream or lake close by, install a bird bath, pond or rain garden.
― Provide shelter for wildlife - Brush piles, trees and even man-made nesting boxes can provide cover and places to raise young.
Source: National Wildlife Federation (www.nwf.org)