with a water feature
Nature is alive, right in your own backyard
Outdoor wildlife is a common thing you will see around a water feature. Depending on
where you live and what type of local animals you have in your surrounding area, they will find
your water feature and ultilize in their survival outdoor lifestyle. It is exciting to see a animal
right in your own yard enjoying the natural visual setting of the water feature.
Drinking the water keeping hydrated
Cooling off by splashing in the water
Finding shelter in the plants
Birds are the most common of all the animals
to find a water feature. They fly down and take
a drink from a stream or take a splash bath to
cool off. There are many different types of birds
that will enjoy your water feature.
Deer - If you live close to a wooded area, a deer
might come and drink from your stream.
Deer live in the woods around neighborhoods.
We have clients that have non fenced yards.
Deer come into their yards and sip water from
the stream exploring the water feature.
What a great photography moment that is!
How do animals Benefit
from a water feature
Snails can be found in a pond. They are very
unique and have a interesting shell. Snails can
travel around the pond and in the waterfall.
These little creatures can be found anywhere.
I took the photo with the snail by the waterfall
at one of my public waterfall displays at a gas
station in a busy area !
Aquatic turtles can find your pond and make
it a new home. The will bask in the sun on a
rock or log. Turtles are very hardy and will
hibernate in the winter and return to the pond
in the spring. They live for many years.
Clients of ours that have turtles have named
the turtles in their ponds.
Frogs find your pond and make a very nice
interesting amphibian. A Bullfrog will get
as big as softball. They ribbit and croak and
look great sitting on a lily pad. I have seen
huge bullfrogs and tree frogs by a pond.
They hibernate in the winter around the
pond and come out in the spring.
Newts & Salamanders
Newts and Salamanders can be found by a
water feature. The are amphibian and like
moisture. In between a rock or under a log
they can be found. They are about 3 to 4
inches long. Not that common these days,
but I have seen them by water features that
I have built in the past.
Ducks can find your pond. They fly from lake to
lake and will notice your pond in their travels
and will stop by to visit. Swimming in the pond
or splashing in the waterfall beautiful mallard
ducks will enjoy your water feature. We had a
big family visit Pond Paradise's larger pond
twice a day for a few years.
Lizards can be found here on Long Island in
certain towns. I have seen small lizards from
Rocky Point to Lindenhurst. Story has it that
when the Italian people first came to these
towns, they took lizards from in Italy and put
them in their yards to feel like they were back
home. Italy has areas that have colder climates
and these lizards survived and acclimated to
our winters here. These small lizards have
multipliedand survived over the years.
Basking in the sun andsplashing in the
waterfall, they look great.
When I saw these lizards for the first time,
I was very surprized. I have a lot experience
in theherpetologyfield and have studied and
own reptilesover the years.I really think this
benefits the water featuresappearance and surroundings. You can feel like youare on a
tropical island in a Pond Paradise .
Alligators!! Hopefully Not!! lol
Watch the wildlife explore your water feature. Animals will visit your yard
and will appreciate the natural setting of your water feature.
The animals will drink from the cascading waterfall or blend in with
the natural surroundings. The wild animals that visit your yard will return
and make your yard a part of their lifestyle.