No matter where you live, chances are you have some fascinating creatures living around you. Fortunately, there are plenty of fun ways that you can help animals right outside your house. In fact, you can do projects that help turn your backyard (or local community) into your very own mini wildlife refuge. Here are some tips for your Backyard Creaturefuge:
Don’t have a backyard but want to protect wildlife? Try urban gardening!
Urban gardening creates a home for wildlife in the city in just 6 easy steps:
Reduce your food waste in 6 easy steps:
*NOTE Bats can be infected with rabies, use caution when viewing them
Gather a plastic water bottle, disposable red bowl, and yellow drinking straws
Cut out flower shape from bowl and then punch a hole in the center just big enough for a straw
Drill hole in top of bottle cap just wide enough for a straw
Insert straw into the hole in the bottle cap, push on the cut-out flower, and then seal with non-toxic glue. Make sure the straw bends after it exits the bottle
Wrap wire around bottle to hang upside down from a tree
Remove cap to add nectar (sugar water) to the bottle
Hang and watch hummingbirds stop at your new creation!
Stray trash pollutes ecosystems and harms all our fellow creatures
You may choose to do this in your neighborhood, a local park, or even a beach
Gather a trash bag and walk around the area, picking up garbage and litter
Disposable plastic is the priority, as it is the most harmful to wild creatures
Make the walk even more fun! Bring your pets for a walk and explore!
Check out these detailed directions and make sure to build the Butterfly House with your parents
You will need wood, screws, nails, a jigsaw, copper pipe strap, a drill, a hammer, and moisture-proof glue
The house will feature small slits for butterflies to enter, with places inside for butterflies to rest
Once completed, make sure to place the house in an area with lots of flowering plants, mounted 2 to 3 feet off the ground
For detailed instructions, click here!