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Earth Gauge Tip of the Week: Water for Wildlife

8/8/2011 8:58:19 AM

Tags: wildlife, heat, drought, environment, birds, water, Earth Gauge

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Local wildlife - such as birds and small mammals - need a supply of clean water to survive periods of extreme heat and drought.  Small animals often seen in our backyards typically don't have large ranges, meaning that fresh water close-by is extremely important for survival.

Viewer Tip:  You can lend a hand to wildlife in your own backyard with these simple tips.

  •  Keep bird baths full of clean water.  Don't have a bird bath?  Adding one to your yard is relatively inexpensive and provides great bird watching opportunities.
  • Create a "drip jug" to hang over your bird bath.  Fill a plastic milk jug with water and poke a tiny hole in the bottom.  The dripping sound of the water will attract birds to the bath.
  • Put a few water-filled containers of different depths on the ground to help out ground squirrels and other small mammals.
  • Remember to change water frequently to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in your yard.

Find more tips for helping wildlife cope with heat and drought at and for more weather and environment tips, visit


(Source: National Wildlife Federation. "Simple Tips for Helping Wildlife During Heat and Drought." 

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