As the heat intensifies during the peak of summer, many small streams and ponds that animals depend upon dry up and become scarce, forcing them to expend energy searching for new water sources.
You can alleviate this stress, and enjoy some outstanding wildlife watching in the process, by adding a water feature to your yard. A simple birdbath will offer a thirst-quenching option for our avian friends.
If you want to assist terrestrial critters too, you can place a watering basin directly on the ground. Chose a site in the open but near cover such as a shrub. As with bird feeders, the key to success is to be consistent with filling it and keeping it clean. Plan on scrubbing and rinsing it several times a week to keep it clean and inviting.