Story by Lisa Burns
Photos by Judith Black Horn
Live Local! contributors
Each morning, as I go outside to feed the animals, I have the pleasure of watching beautiful swarms of dragonflies playing in the yard. From a distance, I see them buzzing around, darting back and forth as if they are playing a game of tag, their wings shimmering in the sunlight. It’s such a beautiful and peaceful way to start the day. I started wondering: What am I doing to attract so many dragonflies to our yard? And what can I do to attract other wildlife?
Whether you live in an apartment with just a patio or balcony, or in a home with a big yard, creating a native wildlife garden or habitat that attracts butterflies, birds, frogs, squirrels and other native wildlife can be done with little effort.
According to the National Wildlife Federation, your habitat should provide food, water, shelter and places to raise young animals. To create your habitat, follow these guidelines:
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Lisa Burns is co-founder of Backyard Getaway, a landscaping company in Parrish. She can be reached through her website, BackyardGetaway.net. To learn more visit nwf.org/wildlife.aspx and click on “garden for wildlife,” on the left column.