Creating a backyard wildlife habitat is a simple matter of devoting time to research. A homeowner must simply choose and plant a variety of native plants, install a water source such as a birdbath, a puddling area or a pond or stream, and provide
trees, bushes and shrubbery for food,
shelter and nesting sites. Nesting boxes can also be installed for butterflies and birds to encourage spring nesting. Even apartment dwellers can help wildlife by creating small habitats on balconies or rooftops. A small space can have a few pots of colorful flowers which provide beneficial nesting sites, larval host plants and nectar next to a small saucer with moist mud to create a puddling area for butterflies. There is a great significance to landscaping with native plants.