Animal Welfare League

Animal Kingdom Rides

Shelter: All wildlife requires a safe place where they can be protected from danger and inclement weather. Additionally, wildlife requires shelter for nesting. Shelter can be in the form of trees, shrubs, brush piles, rock formations and hollow logs. Whenever possible, provide food and water near the shelter area. Space: While space is an important part of the backyard wildlife habitat, you don't need an expansive backyard to encourage creatures to visit or nest in your yard if you provide the basic elements of food, water and shelter. It's important to remember that most species establish their territory and will ferociously defend it. For example, bluebirds and mockingbirds are notorious for fighting over territory. If you plan to include a variety of birdhouses, be certain to provide adequate space between them to avoid territorial conflict. Species that do not defend territories include wood ducks and purple martins. Give Them Plenty of Greenery When creating your backyard wildlife habitat it's important to include a diverse selection of native plants, trees and shrubs. Incorporating these elements will help you easily provide food and shelter to your chosen wildlife.

Wildlife Guardians

"Ding" Darling refuge on Sanibel Island in Florida or the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. Managed by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, our National Wildlife Refuge system is the world's best collection of public lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants. Since President Theodore Roosevelt designated Florida's Pelican Island as the first wildlife refuge in 1903, the refuge system has grown to more than 150 million acres, 556 national wildlife refuges and other units, plus 38 wetland management districts. As settlers moved west, ecosystems began to shrink as people moved onto lands occupied by wildlife.