Four Ways to Attract More Wildlife to Your Backyard
Many older adults find great joy in watching wildlife. Whether it’s because they finally have time to slow down and observe, or it’s been a lifelong hobby, observing wildlife can be highly therapeutic for older adults. Tracking wildlife can promote mindfulness, which simply means being present in the moment. It requires stillness and calmness, as not to startle wildlife away. The practice also requires patience and focus. Over time, consistent observers will notice wildlife behavior patterns and may even learn to identify a species based on sound alone. These skills only help to preserve cognitive functioning.
July is National “Wild About Wildlife” Month. It creates the perfect opportunity for older adults to enhance their own backyard to attract more wildlife to their yards. While it may require a little outdoor time, it can pay dividends year-round. Here are four ways to attract more wildlife to your backyard so that you can reap the benefits of observing nature’s creatures from the comfort of your own home.
Include Native Plants in Your Landscaping
One way to attract more wildlife is to include native plants in your landscaping plans. Native plants are those that occur naturally in a region and offer the most sustainable habitat. They serve as food sources for wildlife species that live in the area and help prevent foreign plants from becoming too invasive. Plant a row of butterfly bushes to attract butterflies. Trees and plants with berries can help feed birds and other small creatures.
Provide Various Shelters
Include elements around your yard that offer wildlife shelter. Put out a few bird or squirrel houses to serve as shelter or safe nests. If you have a pond or a spot that collects water, add a few large rocks or pebbles to give cold-blooded animals a place to warm themselves. Dense bushes offer refuge to rabbits or foxes. The shade of trees and bushes provides respite from the hot sun. Hollow tree logs make perfect homes for wildlife. Look at your property and consider where you might add shelters to make your backyard a safe haven for wildlife.
Put Out Feeders
One of the fastest ways to attract wildlife is to feed them. Strategically place feeders near windows where you can leisurely observe from inside. You can cater to a specific variety of birds by purchasing bird seed that’s made to attract those birds or choose a feeder style based on what you want to attract. In little time, birds and other wildlife will flock to your backyard to fill up. Fill your feeders as often as you’d like and remember to clean them out before storing them for the winter season.
Be a Source of Fresh Water
Just like we all need to increase our hydration in the hot summer season, birds and animals also need water to survive. Attract more wildlife to your backyard by providing fresh water. This could be as easy as placing a couple of birdbaths around your property or as complex as installing a water feature as a part of your landscaping. Place sources of fresh water at various heights so that smaller animals, like rabbits or foxes, can easily lap up water. Rinse the water container weekly to keep it clean and replenish the water as needed. Keep standing water sources away from your immediate patio area to avoid attracting mosquitoes where you sit outdoors.
If you’re looking for someone to share your hobby of birding, look no further than Visiting Angels Beaver Dam. We offer a comprehensive approach to senior home care that includes a variety of services. From personal care to companionship, our professional, compassionate caregivers can ensure your safety and well-being right in the comfort of your own home. They can assist you as you refill feeders or refresh water and then relax with you as you observe nature in your own backyard. To learn more about our approach to senior home care, please get in touch with us today by calling 920-821-1111.