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WindStar Wildlife Institute
Add Water and
They Will Come
What is the one thing that you can do to
attract a greater variety of wildlife to your
habitat, regardless of the size
of your property.
The answer is... add water.
O
ften when we want to
attract more birds or
animals, we think in terms of
offering additional food
sources. While this is certainly
entertaining for us and
appreciated by wildlife, there
are frequently other food
supplies in the area, such as
berries and seeds, or insects
and smaller mammals.
Generally speaking, a
species will limit its
population in a locality
according to the food supply
that is available. In addition,
most species can survive a
certain amount of time
without food when supplies
are short. Water is a very
different matter.
We, like our household pets,
need water all year around, and
cannot survive for very long
without it. The same thing is
true of all living things,
including those in the wild.
When development fills in or
pollutes wetlands and ponds,
or a drought dries up vernal
pools and there are no rain
puddles or drops of moisture
on leaves, or a long stretch of
very cold weather freezes the
usual water sources, then the
stress on wildlife is
tremendous.
By providing a clean,
dependable supply of water you
will attract and benefit a far
broader spectrum of wildlife
than with any type of food.
This means that you will
attract birds that don't eat
seed and won't appear at your
feeders, animals which are
normally too shy to appear in
the open, and creatures that
you usually don't think about

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