A downy woodpecker is attracted to suet placed in a hole in a tree.
Richard Day/Daybreak Imagery
Above: In this Maryland back yard, a pond provides reliable water, and a dense shrub border, upper right, provides both shelter and a place for wildlife to raise their young.
Successful backyard habitats attract both predators and prey.
David R. Frazier
Native plants produce cover for a variety of wildlife, including the common garter snake.