Living With Wildlife

Native plants and bird feeders in your yard support native wildlife.
There are many ways to make your yard more wildlife-friendly, which benefits Central Oregon's native species, your local environment and you!

Keep wildlife safe in your backyard.

Fencing can be very damaging and even lethal to wildlife. Not only do animals get caught and trapped in fencing, but large fencing installations may disrupt wildlife paths and historical migration routes.

Fencing can create a complete barrier to ungulates, with fawns and calves unable to cross, they become stranded and separated from the herd and may die from predators or starvation. Birds can also collide, break wings, and become impaled by barbs.

Click here for wildlife friendly fencing tips

Click here for the Oregon Wildlife Foundation's guidebook to wildlife friendly fencing

Click here for deadly fence removal service

Remember to check your burn piles for creatures before burning!
It's that time of year, people are burning debris, fields, and bonfires before Summer. This is just a reminder to please, please check your debris piles before burning! A variety of wild animals finds these debris piles to be a good nesting/den area. After all, it provides a safe, secure home for creatures like cottontails and quail.

Once the pile is ignited, there is little time for animals to escape. It’s like your house suddenly going up in flames, with you trapped inside. Yikes!

Please consider the animals that may be in your pile and scare them out before you light it up. If possible, move parts of the pile, create lots of noise or other activity to frighten animals out of doomed hiding places.


Bird Feeder

A native bird feeder supports wildlife and provides entertainment for you! In the winter months, birds welcome extra food and nutrition from a backyard feeder. Do your research and get creative - different types of feeders and food will attract various species of birds.

Native Pollinator Garden

Create a garden with native flowers to support pollinators, including bats, bees, butterflies, beetles and birds in your backyard. Cluster brightly-colored flowers in clumps of at least 4 feet in diameter to attract pollinators, and include a source of shallow water for pollinators to drink from. Cascade penstemon and Indian paintbrush are easy to grow, drought-resistant flowers that attract hummingbirds and bees, respectively.

Native Landscaping

Native landscaping provides native wildlife habitat while making yard care easier for you! Native plants are well suited to Central Oregon soil and climate, which reduces the need for supplemental water once established. Shop for seeds and live plants from local nurseries, who can typically advise on choosing the right plant for your yard.

Leave Leaves

Fallen leaves and yard debris provide habitat and food for butterflies, bees, beetles, butterflies, and more. Decomposing leaves will also improve your soil quality, structure and water retention. You can also combine leaves with sticks branches to create brush piles that provide shelter and nursing habitat for young animals.

Put Off Pruning

Many animals give birth to young between the months of March and August, and some are using trees in our yards for nursing and roosting during these months. Pruning trees in the Spring poses risk of injuring or orphaning wildlife and damaging nests needed for protection and growing. Wait until Fall or Winter months when animals are no longer using the trees for nursing, or be sure to carefully check branches, trunks, and cavities for any nests before trimming.

Keep Cats Indoors

Please keep your cats indoors to prevent them from hunting and killing wildlife. specially in the Spring, when young are especially prevalent and vulnerable.