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Backyard Ponds Attract Fascinating Wildlife

Wildlife need four things to thrive in your backyard: food, water, cover and a place to raise their family. They also enjoy community as much as peole do!

But wildlife species are pretty particular about their neighbors, and they are careful to separate out predators from friendlies. Each kind of habitat attracts a pretty special group of species, and a backyard pond or stream is no exception.

You can easily build a little wildlife pond, or expand it into a larger, deeper pond that attracts larger plants and wildlife. But to get started, let's talk about a shallow pond that will be very attractive to birds, frogs (and tadpoles) and small water insects such as dragonflies, butterflies and water bugs.

The pond can be as small as 3 x 4 feet surface area. It will attract bathing and drinking birds if one end of it is very shallow...as shallow as half an inch! If you dig a slanted pond you can line it with heavy pond liner and then cover the bottom with gravel to hold it in place and give animals easy walking.

Want some more tips?

Check out the articles below for more tips. But remember, it's EASY to build a real wildlife pond... you can do it!

https://www.windstar.org/features/clearinghouse/a_byponds.htm

http://birding.about.com/od/bathsponds/

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