A place to raise their young

Robin carrying straw for nest ©Janet AllenA robin gathering straw for its nest

We're trying to provide the elements of nature creatures have always used for raising young. We supplement these natural elements with man-made, artificial nesting places.

In our suburban yard, we've made special efforts to provide nesting places for birds, insects (especially butterflies, bees, and dragonflies), frogs and toads, and bats.

As we started to observe our creatures more carefully, we discovered how important nesting materials are. Of course, this shouldn't have surprised us, but it's just one of those things people don't think about. It's especially difficult for creatures to find these things since suburbanites are obsessive about cleaning up their yards.

Here's more about our specific efforts in the sections for each of these creatures: