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Homemade puddles for birds and other creatures.

 
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Greetings! I wanna find out how we create man made puddles that last long enough to draw in more birds and other creatures for drinking and bathing. Which stuff we need to build puddles that will last all year without them drying out? I never made a puddle before. And how we keep our puddles pest free? Looking for simpler ways to create bathing and drinking areas for wildlife besides ponds. Please reach me if you need me. Thanks!
 
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I suppose your classic "bird bath" would be one way. Small, shallow, doesn't take much work. Just clean it out once in a while to avoid mosquitoes and algae. No digging or special equipment. Just a jug of water to top it off.
 
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The National Wildlife Federation has this suggestion:

Dig two hollows on each side of a three-foot-wide strip. Cover the entire area with plastic and arrange stones of varying sizes down the center strip. Place three or more ground-level bird baths among the stones to mimic small pools.




Maybe a smaller scale of David Pagan Butler`s pool:



 
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Good morning! Could they be used for tadpoles which breed in water first as well as minnows and other small fish?
 
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