With more than 97 percent of Illinois under private ownership, it is critically important that the habitat that remains on these lands are well-managed and that new wildlife habitat be developed where possible. How homeowners and private landowners manage their land directly affects wildlife populations in Illinois. Your efforts can have a positive impact even if wildlife inhabit your land only seasonally or temporarily. Providing safe spaces for wildlife to find food, water, and shelter will encourage many species to visit your yard.
There are many ways to improve wildlife habitat on your property. Some of these include: