All animals need a habitat to live in. A habitat is any place where an animal lives and can meet its basic needs. An animal’s basic needs include: food, water, shelter, and space. For the purposes of this activity we will focus on food, water and shelter, but keep in mind that space is also an important component of an animal’s habitat. If an animal does not have access to food, water and shelter all together in a suitable arrangement, it cannot make that space its habitat.
By Terry W. Johnson
In the real estate business it is often said the value of a property is determined by three things location, location, location. The same holds true for nesting boxes. Where you erect a bird house will determine what bird will nest there since all cavity-nesting birds prefer to nest in certain
habitats and will rarely nest anywhere else.
For that reason, try as we might, it is difficult to get an eastern bluebird to nest in a heavily wooded backyard or a screech owl to use a box in the middle of a large open yard.
Project WILD has been providing award winning, classroom tested, quality conservation education in Georgia, the U.S. and around the world for over 20 years. It is an environmental education program for students of all ages. This program is sponsored in Georgia by the Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division and the Georgia Chapter of the Safari Club International.
The Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division maintains partnerships with four youth organizations that offer opportunities for safe instruction and competition in the various disciplines of competitive clay target shooting:
Hey, kids! Would you like your artwork to appear on the Annual Youth Birding Competition T-shirt? How about winning a Michaels gift card for free art supplies? Then plan on taking part in the 2020 T-shirt Art Contest. Details will be posted here this fall. Read about the 2019 contest and winners.
The Youth Birding Competition is a 24-hour birding event during the peak of spring migration. Youth teams spend the day finding as many species as they can as they compete against teams their own age. The competition is capped off with a wildlife show and awards banquet. The 2019 event is set for April 26–27 (registration closed March 31). Read about the 2018 event, and stay tuned here for updates on this year’s competition and plans for 2020.