When You Provide Water, They Will Come – Certified Wildlife Habitat 139,583

When you provide … they will come

Green frog 2014

One of the 4 key components of a Backyard Wildlife Habitat is water with the other 3 being food, cover and places to raise young. Providing water can be as simple as placing a bird bath in the garden  or as complicated as installing a pond.

Reflection of the sumac stand

 I have provided a bird bath, installed a small, molded pond  as well as creating downspout watering holes.

Pond in lower gardens
This pond in the lower garden was created using a plastic molded form purchased at a yard sale for two dollars.
Green Frog
Galvanized tubs are placed under downspouts to catch the rain. Animals now use them as a summer home. The tubs are surrounded by river rock which allows the water to flow into the gardens without washing the soil away.

  At every water source animals who share this space come  to drink, sun themselves and play.


Three Green frogs sunning themselves on a log in the pond
Three Green frogs sunning themselves in the molded pond.

To help the smallest creatures who frequent the ponds, I’ve provided a way to enter and exit the water.  Even amphibians and insects could drown without an exit strategy.

Green frog
A green frog sitting on a partially submerged log used as a ramp for smaller creatures to move safely in and out of the pond.

 Providing water not only helps those who share this space called a garden,  it also provides a place of harmony,

a place to co-exist.

Pond in the lower gardens
Every day after work Maddie looks forward to her walk through the gardens. Her favorite spot is the pond where she stalks the “wild” frog.
Green frog Lithobates clamitans
Green frogs (Rana clamitans), are a common anuran of the eastern half of the United States. The two green frogs pictured in this photo have shared a galvanized tub all summer.



17 thoughts on “When You Provide Water, They Will Come – Certified Wildlife Habitat 139,583

  1. I had considered a water feature in our yard . . . not sure the weather and short seasons make it a smart thing to have. Two bird baths (heated in the winter) substitute for it.

    The place looks nice, and it would be nice to have frogs around.

    1. The two tubs and the pond do not have a pump or filter. I added the needed plants and animals to keep them balanced. In the summer I buy feeder fish from the pet store to eliminate the mosquito population.

  2. I LOVE this post, Bonnie. I believe it’s one of my favorites. Your frog shots are absolutely beautiful! I want frogs in my garden. Altho I hated them as a kid – LOL. Thank you for adding the comment about the feeder fish to combat the mosquitos. I had not thought of that. You are amazing. 🙂

      1. This is why I am always confused. Your peonies bloom almost more than a month than mine showing your spring is so much longer than mine but we always seem to have a longer autumn that ends with a storm of monumental proportions lol! Hopefully not this year. Last year i sat on the tarmac in Philadelphia hoping to fly to Austin Texas only to be blind-sided by a monumental nor-easter that sent me home. Never made it to my daughter until August of this year.

      2. Our seasons generally divide up very well into three month periods but this year we missed out on winter for the most part and a grey autumn merged into a grey spring. Luckily we got a splendid summer to cheer us up.

  3. Reblogged this on lovehappinessandpeace and commented:
    I find Bonnie’s ideas Excellent! Very little expenditure, just a little labour, and We are Helping in Ecology, and Enjoying Beauty right in Our yard! And he even has an answer to the Mosquito menace!

    Let’s all try this! Kudos, Bonnie! 🙂

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