We spend a lot of time and energy every year helping our wild little friends. With the seasons changing I was wondering how many here help out the wild world. I will list some of ours below.
Songbirds - black oil sunflower seeds late fall through early summer
Songbirds - peanut butter, fall through summer
Songbirds - bluebird houses but are used by different species sometimes
Songbirds - birdbath
Orioles and hummingbirds - sugar water spring through Labor Day and occasionally an orange
Woodpeckers - peanut butter all year long and sometimes suet
Wild turkey - corn from an automatic deer feeder twice a day and another 2-4 times a day manually feed them from fall until the flocks break up in the spring. We go out an call "Turkey, Turkey, Turkey" and usually they come running and this year they started flying in. They will come 25-30 feet from us. They come point blank to the house and they are fun to watch.
Bats - built house but so far no residents.
Bass, blue gill, Koi (6 of them with names), triploid carp (sterile grass carp hybrid - 42 inches x 35 lbs.) - floating fish food 3-5 times a day in summer.
Painted turtles - built dedicated basking areas, check many times a day during egg laying season to find where nest are so they can be covered and protected from raccoons who will find them the first night. Then 3 months later we take off the covers and dig them up releasing them along the edge of the pond. I love watching them on sunny days line up on the floating poles. There can be as many as 40 at a time. They are my friends. They eat the floating fish food too.
Tadpoles/bullfrogs - build a smaller pond with just the tadpoles and no fish. Have to watch out for predators there - mainly water snakes.
Deer - mainly apples. We have about 100 wild trees that produce tons for them most years. We will gather some to save for them later in the fall or early winter.
Some creatures are not welcome and are promptly moved along.
Two are not welcome and get moved to a nice new home.
Two are dealt with by extreme prejudice.
Many other creatures pass by but we let them do their own thing. Skunks, woodchucks, ducks, opossums, squirrels, chipmunks and bunnies. Probably a few I forgot.
It is fun and a way of life I grew up with.