Existing with Wildlife

Diversify habitat with a log pile. If you have logs left over from clearing, or if you bring in wood for a fireplace, consider using a few pieces to create a log pile.

Build a rock pile: If you have boulders on your property, build a small rock pile in a corner.

Build a nest box for birds or bats.

Protect wetlands.

Consider a water based project: Water-based projects to protect shorelines and create wildlife habitat are feasible, but require approvals from DFO and other local agencies. Projects include half logs; brush shelters and log cribs; boulder clusters and rock piles; root wads and brush bundles; artificial reefs; in-stream structures; planting aquatic vegetation like rushes.

General Tips:

Block access points:

Fill any gaps between concrete foundation and walls and install drywall tight to floors. Pay special attention to the areas around plumbing and electrical outlets

Discourage contact:

Trim tree limbs that touch your house. Store firewood well away from buildings or store in a shed. Use yellow light bulbs to discourage flying insects attracted to light at night.

Keep food away:

Use animal proof garbage cans and remove your garbage often. Keep pet food inside and do not leave dirty dishes outside. Store food in containers. Keep barbeque equipment clean and store in a secure area.

Clean regularly:

Wipe down kitchen counters, stove and garbage bins. Keep sink and drains free of food scraps.

Check building details:

Ensure house foundations are made of concrete or masonry. Keep wood posts beams and siding out of contact with the ground, unless protected from decay. Make sure basements and crawl spaces are dry and well ventilated.