We love talking habitat and with good reason!  As humans, we inevitably have left and will continue to leave a large footprint across the land we call home, but this footprint does not always have to be detrimental to the wildlife that lives amongst us.

As we continue to develop more residential areas more and more communities are becoming cognizant of the world around us.  An example of this can be found in new housing developments in which neighbouring property owners forgo the maze-like fencing structures through connected backyards, instead opting for a shared green space.

As anyone can imagine, these types of spaces are not only beneficial for residents, but also for the native wildlife and birds in the area.

 

Habitat Planning Made Easy

We can certainly appreciate that not all of us are gardeners or horticulturalists, but we can assure you, you don’t need either designation to successfully design backyard habitat.  Whether you have been in your home for 20 years, or you are just moving into a newly-constructed home, there are simple and easy improvements just about anyone can make that will inevitably make a world of difference to your birds.

Start Small

Don’t overwhelm yourself and take the fun out of it!  Depending on the size of your yard, a great place to start is with just one nesting box…that’s it!  We carry a variety of boxes designed for a number of different species such as American kestrel boxes, wood duck boxes, and bluebird boxes.  This all being said, we also have the capability of designing custom sized nesting boxes, so be sure to let us know if there is something specific you are after.

Outside of nesting boxes, you will want to take an inventory of the trees and shrubs (if any) around your yard and identify areas that could use some more.  Pine trees, for example, grow relatively quickly, compared to other species of trees and are great forms of cover, shade, and habitat for many bird species.