Naturalist David Mizejewski and host Molly Pesce help families across the country make the world a better place for wildlife one backyard at a time in 12 episodes from the popular Animal Planet TV show.
Viewers of all ages will be intrigued by this clever series that offers easy ways to turn even the smallest backyard into a haven for animals. Families may get some great tips for simple projects they can make together like bird feeders and toad abodes. Once you've completed the requirements for a habitat--food, water, shelter, and a place for raising young--you can even log on to Animal Planet to be awarded an official certificate, which will empower children along with wildlife.
Younger children may be eager to get out there and do the hands-on projects rather than simply watching how they're done but there's plenty to keep kids in this age group interested. They'll be fascinated by the "Digging Deeper" segment, which provides additional facts about the animals featured in that episode, and will enjoy learning more about creatures they may never have heard of, including the green anole--a six-inch lizard which is often mistaken for a chameleon.
Tweens may want to try their hand at some of the projects without the help of their parents, and the detailed directions on the Animal Planet Web site make that possible. They'll be reassured to see that effective habitats can be created even in urban environments, and will get a kick out of surprising facts like green frogs aren't always green and there are hundreds of different kinds of birds living in the middle of New York City. They'll also realize it's as important to learn how to keep some animals out of their backyard as it is to attract others.