The Registry of Nature
important decision in creating a nature habitat is to define your
goals. First you must
identify your final objectives:
- Wildlife Watching
Once this has been established a
budget must be set.
- How much capital expenses each year
- How much total capital expenses
- How much maintenance costs/year
overhead map must be drawn to see your property. This will be used to sketch
out designs for developing your habitat plan. Identify
any of the sixteen components of a natural habitat. Depending on how many you
have will determine your starting point.
Beds & Grit
Banks, Cliffs & Caves
& Rock Piles
Bees & Moth Plants
& Acorn Trees
these components are easy to introduce, while others take many years
to develop & grow.
Some of us are fortunate to have mature trees that can
provide nuts and acorns, brush piles with debris and snags when they
die. If you have mature
trees you have the opportunity to create a full habitat within a few
short years. If mature
trees are not found on your property, a different type of approach
is needed. The key is
provide the components that best suit your environment.
sixteen components need to supply these four elements for a
do we start? Provide
Water! Water is the
most important ingredient to a nature habitat. Birds, mammals and insects
will search it out.
may be in the form of:
- Bird Baths
course the only ones you can introduce are ponds and bird
baths. Bird baths come
in all shapes and sizes with misters and heaters for the
winter. Yes, Birds use
bird baths in the winter months! For those with a larger
budget, you may chose to put in a small pond. This may be done with a
pre-formed container or with a liner. These of course will take
more work and money.
have drawn in wildlife by providing water, the next step
is to provide a food source.
This could be in the form of natural foods from trees and
shrubs or it may be seeds and fruits provided by feeders.
critters are visiting your property for water and food, they will
soon look for cover to nest and roost. Cover will usually be in the
form of dense vegetation for birds, rock walls for chipmunks,
final ingredient is Space.
Space doesn’t mean large property. It has to with each species
need to live and raise young.
If you have a ¼ acre property, do not expect to get more than
one nesting pairs of most birds. Each pair of birds will
defend a specific plot of land.
all of this in mind, draw up a
current site map.