Wildlife Young Life Camp

Animal Shelter

Much of what I planted that provides cover also serves as a place to raise young. But there are some additional steps I've taken to specifically provide places to raise young. First, I've planted milkweed. Milkweed is the only source of food for caterpillars of monarch butterflies. Monarch butterflies cannot reproduce without milkweed. As we've replaced natural habitat (that included milkweed) with suburban lawns and agricultural areas, we've destroyed milkweeed plants.

Wildlife Gallery

Food will need to be provided to sustain the wildlife in your backyard. Putting feeders out is one way to do this. Another way is by growing their food. After all, this is the way they would eat in their natural environment anyway. There are many plants that provide berries, seeds and nuts for the wildlife. The plants and earth will also be a host to insects that are food sources as well. This is another important reason to eliminate pesticides and harmful chemicals from your yard. The National Wildlife Federation recommends the use of native plants in your yard. The trees, shrubs and flowers that grow naturally in your area of the country are naturally going to be more hardy. This means fewer problems for the plants and less maintenance for you. Plants that are not in their natural environment are much more susceptible to pests and diseases.