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By making some changes in the backyard, homeowners can create wildlife habitats. Adding water will attract many creatures. A birdbath is the simplest way. Reduce lawn size and add more trees, flowers, and shrubs. Put out bird feeders and boxes. Stack logs and rocks to provide nesting places. Control the cat, so that attracted wildlife will not feed the family pet.
Color is an important element in designing a wildlife garden. Humans have a preference for a particular color and so does wildlife. Winged creatures--birds and insects--will visit the garden looking for their favorite color and they will also visit other colors. Yoest lists several colors--red, white, purple, yellow--plants having these colors and what wildlife is attracted to them.
Good wildlife habitats require four essential elements - food, cover, reproductive areas, and water. Taylor discusses these elements and describes how to make a backyard wildlife habitat using only 1/4-acre and a farm wildlife habitat.