How You Can Help Wildlife This Winter

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6 Ways to Nurture and Help Wildlife This Winter

As humans, we have the privilege of spending the majority of the winter months indoors, enjoying the warmth. Wildlife, on the other hand, has no choice but to spend these cold days and nights outside. Depending on the winter, wildlife is impacted differently. Most New Jersey winters include plenty of snow, freezing temperatures, wind, and ice, which can cause the majority of animals to struggle. For those looking to assist animals during these rough months, there are ways that you can help wildlife from home this winter.

Six Ways to Help Wildlife this Winter

A small effort can go a long way in wildlife conservation this winter. Here are some ways you can help wildlife at home.

Melt a hole in frozen water.

One of the biggest struggles that wildlife has is not being able to access water once it freezes. If you have a pond, birdbath, or another natural water source at home, melt a hole in the ice to allow animals access to it.

Install bird feeders.

It can be challenging for birds to find food in the winter since they don’t bury it throughout the year like squirrels. Installing bird feeders throughout your yard and keeping them filled with seed is a great way to make sure they have the nutrients they need. It will also create a wildlife refuge that you can enjoy watching from the window.

Set out fresh water.

If you don’t have natural sources of water at home, you can still help wildlife get what they need by setting freshwater outside daily. Whether it is in a birdbath, bowl, or kiddie swimming pool, it will help encourage animals to drink and stay hydrated.

Feed them when necessary.

During the winter, berries and seeds are either gone or rotten, insects are hibernating underground, and many animals struggle to eat. In addition to birds, chipmunks, deer, foxes, and rabbits can all benefit from your help and kindness. Seeds, cracked corn, berries, and nuts all offer the nutrients many animals need throughout the winter.

Create shelter.

Build habitats and natural shelters for animals to bury in and stay warm during winter wind and storms. Add piles of leaves along your property line, stacking logs and sticks, and leave your garden be this winter. Toads, lizards, chipmunks, rabbits, and some deer will use these areas when needed.

Plant fruit-bearing trees and shrubs.

Looking to the years ahead, consider planting fruit-bearing trees and shrubs that wildlife can benefit from. Some great options include apple trees, holly, and firethorns. Fruit-bearing trees will attract wildlife and insects alike, which some species rely on as food.

It may be cold and difficult for animals now, but with your help, the wildlife will welcome spring and its warmer temperatures. Once spring arrives, tending to your lawn will be in full swing. To help make it the best it can be, contact Perennial Lawn Care today!

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