from Backyard Wildlife: Making it Come Alive!
wildlife to your backyard can be enjoyable, educational,
and fun for the whole family. A backyard can offer the
fascination of a robin's nest or cardinal's song, the
scurry of a squirrel, the speed of a dragonfly, and
the beauty of a hummingbird or butterfly at a flower.
small pool can add to the attractiveness and enjoyment
of some backyards, especially larger ones. Birds will
make the pool a center of activity, and some pools can
provide a home for turtles, damselflies (mosquito-eaters),
or frogs--an extra sparkle for many outdoor observers.
fiberglass or plastic pools can be purchased, or a pool
can be dug and lined with concrete or plastic sheeting.
Wooden oak barrels cut in half also make easy and inexpensive
pools for a backyard. Water plants can be rooted in
soil or sand in the bottom of the pool or in pots which
are then set in the pool. Add a few small goldfish to
help balance the pool and to control mosquito larvae.
learn more, read the entire NEBGUIDE, Backyard
Wildlife: Making it Come Alive! by Ron J. Johnson,
Extension Wildlife Specialist, University of Nebraska