Where I live I get a discount on my county taxes for helping birds, deer, and other wildlife by feeding them, providing water, and even shelter.
This is how I give wildlife a brake.
I have an abundance of deer, rabbits, raccoons, turkeys, and other wildlife. We have lots of songbirds and butterflies.
We have a lot of the same birds that most of you are familiar with, like cardinals, bluejays, hummingbirds, mourning doves, and robins. We have many colorful songbirds and other colorful birds that probably migrate here.
I like the "brake" pun. Our family farm's fields are in a government program that pays to keep them fallow in order to provide natural habitat and to protect grain prices. I like it. I hope the program continues for a long time. The last time dad had it reinstated, it payed more than row cropping for the quality of ground it is!
And he said, "I want to live as an honest man, to get all I deserve, and to give all I can, and to love a young woman whom I don't understand. Your Highness, your ways are very strange."
Thank you for this post Anne! Reading that the population of wild vertebrates is down 70% in the last 50 years is super terrifying to me. We need to be all out fighting this decline and helping all our co-inhabitants recover....the kind of thing permaculture is amazing at!