1. FOOD – providing as much vegetation as possible including shrubs, trees and other plants that produce foods such as acorns, nuts, berries and other seeds.
2. WATER – Wildlife need water for drinking and bathing. Making water available with birdbaths, small & large ponds or shallow water dishes.
3. COVER – Wildlife need cover for protection against the elements and predators. Densely planted shrubs, hollow logs, rock piles and brush piles are easier ways to provide the needed cover.
4. Place to Raise Young – Building birdhouses, boxes and nesting shelves attached to posts, trees or to a building to provide places for wildlife to raise their young.
In a rural area of the Eastern slopes of the Cascadian mountain range, sits a 30 acre home habitat that supports insects, invertebrates, fish, amphibians, mammals, birds, raptors and reptiles. We provide seeds, berries, nuts, fruits, sap and foliage/twigs for food sources; Birdbaths, water gardens/ponds (7), riverfront, wetlands & streams for water; wooded areas, bramble patches, ground cover, log piles, dense shrubbery and thickets, evergreens, brush piles, meadows, prairies and water ponds for cover; mature trees, dead trees/snags, meadows/prairies, dense shrubs/thickets, wetlands, water gardens and ponds for raising young. Providing evergreen trees & trees, vines, grasses and grass-like plants, aquatic plants, ferns, deciduous plants, trees & shrubs, wildflowers all with water & soil conservation and organic practices to eliminate chemical and pest predators.
Wind River Ranch has put out the welcome mat for all kinds of birds, butterflies, and other wildlife, while helping to protect the local environment. We’ve been recognized as an official National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Backyard Wildlife Habitat site, joining the many habitat enthusiasts who, with the help of NWF, who have turned their backyards into enticing wildlife refuges.
NWF began the Backyard Wildlife Habitat program back in 1973, and has since certified over 36,000 habitats nationwide. The majority of these sites represent the hard work and committment of individuals and families providing habitat near their homes, but NWF has also certified more than 1900 schools and hundreds of business and community sites. Certified habitats can also be found everywhere from post offices, hospitals, and places of worship to community parks and municipal facilities. The average habitat is between 1/3 and 2 acres, but certified sites range from urban balconies to thousand acre areas.
By creating a habitat, Wind River Ranch has learned the rewards of “gardening for wildlife”. The program teaches the importance of environmental stewardship by providing people with basic guidelines for making their landscapes more hospitable to wildlife. Habitat restoration is critical for wildlife in urban and suburban settings where commercial and residential development encroaches on natural areas. Changing landscapes to encourage more wildlife also enhances the environment’s quality by improving the air, soil and water throughout the community. This effort promotes common-sense conservation by reducing and eliminating the need for fertilizers, pesticides or irrigation water.
Wildlife Habitat sites can provide a source of solace, comfort and confidence in the future. Protecting the natural beauty of places we love and the wildlife they support is at the heart of America’s conservation ethic, and connecting with nature in our backyard can feed our soul, lift the spirit, mend the heart, and renew faith in our country’s tomorrow.
For more information on how you can create your own wildlife habitat contact http://www.nwf.org