You might have received a call from a Backyard Buddies' telemarketer. They sell soft toys and take donations to raise funds for the Foundation for
National Parks & Wildlife.
But did you know that Backyard Buddies is also FNPW's environmental education program?
We say: Backyard Buddies are the native plants and animals that share our built-up areas, waterways, backyards and parks.
Backyard Buddies are also the people who value native wildlife and want to protect it.
So you can be a backyard buddy.
Visit backyardbuddies.net.au to find out more, and to sign up to a free monthly e-newsletter called B-mail.
It's about native animals you're likely to see in your backyard each month, and provides simple tips on how to make your backyard a friendlier, safer
and more inviting space for native animals.
It's so much fun to see native animals up close, and there's a lot you can do to encourage them at your place.
It isn't difficult. All it takes is a few small additions, and you can see a huge increase in your very own Backyard Buddies.
Transform your backyard into a habitat haven
Add mulch - to encourage bugs which make great food for birds
Add rocks and logs - to give skinks and frogs somewhere to hide
Add a bird bath - as clean, fresh water will attract many buddies
Add a nest box - to give a great home to a bird
or mammal family
Add locally native plants - as this provides excellent food, shelter, and nest sites
Add an understory - to give small birds
somewhere to hide in the shrubs and plants that grow under trees but above your groundcovers
Add a frog pond - as frogs will love
it, and other buddies will love a drink and a splash
Add a cat run, or keep your cat indoors - to keep your backyard buddies safe
And you don't have to do it all at once!
Your backyard buddies will appreciate any improvements you make, and it's awesome to watch your backyard evolving over time.
But one thing is for sure - if you build it, they will come.