While taking a little time to stop and smell the roses this spring, you may notice the intricate handiwork of birds building their nests. It’s amazing what these instinctive architects can create with found materials. While an ideal environment provides them with the right building materials, we can also lend a helping hand by providing them with additional, and sometimes surprising, materials. The National Wildlife Federation put together an informative list of things we can add to supplement what birds find in nature.
You can also learn how to get your backyard certified as an official wildlife habitat by providing a few things, including food, water and cover for these crafty creatures.
To see some remarkable birds and other animals building their incredible homes, check out this PBS episode of The Animal House.