Help Monarch Butterflies
Create a way station, grow milkweed, or even raise them from eggs.
Backyard Bird Census
Keep a tally of the amount and types of birds visiting your yard. Do they have food, water, and shelter? Turn your yard into a backyard bird habitat. Do more birds visit your habitat-friendly yard?
Dig in the Dirt
Dig down up to six inches into the soil. Find and record all the critters, such as bugs and worms, that live in the dirt.
Using a butterfly net, go out and collect some insects. Note how many different types you find and where you found them. Repeat the activity during a different season and compare your findings. Be sure to be gentle with the bugs and let them go when you are finished observing them.
Research the kinds of wildlife that migrate in your area. Map their migration paths.
Plant a Butterfly Garden
Note any butterflies that flutter by. Take pictures of them when they land on the plants. How many different species visit your garden?
Look for Tracks
Look for animal and bird tracks in the mud or snow. Draw a quick sketch of what you see. Try to identify which animal left the track.
Keep the Mosquito Population in Check
Purchase small dark-colored fish NATIVE to your area and put them in any water plants or human-made ponds in your yard where mosquitoes lay eggs. The fish will eat the larvae, and no chemicals will be needed to prevent mosquitoes! NOTE: You should never introduce animals into non-manmade environments such as creeks or ponds.