Creating Backyard Habitats

Anyone can create a welcoming haven for native wildlife. All living things need food, water, shelter, and places to raise young.

butterfly with purple flowers


Plants provide food to wildlife in a wide variety of ways, from berries to nuts to nectar. Even the insects plants support feed other animals. You can also add feeders to suppliment natural food sources.

frog in pond


All wildlife need water to survive and some need it for bathing or breeding as well. Add a birdbath, shallow dish of water, or a small pond in your backyard.

bird house


Animals need places to hide, raise their young, and shelter from extreme weather. Shrubs, brush, ground cover, rock piles, and tree cavities provide great natural shelters. You can also place a birdhouse, nesting box, or batbox in your yard.

baby raccoons

Orphaned Wildlife

A wild baby animal's best chance for survivial is with its mother. Generally, birds and other wildlife are better off left where they are found. Download the information provided by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries for steps to take in the best interest of the animal.

Baby Bird Baby Mammal

Injured Wildlife

If you believe you have encountered injured wildlife, contact a biologist at their nearest LDWF Regional Office or contact an LDWF licensed wildlife rehabilitator.