12 Tips for Creating Wildlife Habitat at Home

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  1. Determine how much space you are willing to devote to wildlife habitat. Be sure to consider all your current uses such as areas for children’s play, pets and other recreation.
  2. Make a list of wildlife that visit your property and those you would like to attract.
  3. Provide the elements of good habitat essential to all wildlife – food, water, shelter and space.
  4. Plant a variety of native trees and other plants to supply year-round nectar flowers, fruits and nuts. Native wildlife are adapted to native plants.
  5. Limit your use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
  6. Avoid planting invasive nonnative plants and slowly replace those in your yard with native species.
  7. Include plantings for hummingbirds, butterflies and other insect pollinators.
  8. Ensure water is clean and plentiful.
  9. Leave standing dead trees and stumps or rotting logs where possible to provide nesting cavities and basking sites.
  10. Build healthy topsoil by mulching.
  11. Become inspired by visiting some natural areas managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
  12. Purchase Planting a Refuge for Wildlife External Website to learn how to create your wildlife habitat.

FWC Facts:
Whooping cranes, the tallest of North American birds, stand nearly 5 feet tall. Their wingspan measures between 7 and 8 feet.

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