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Md. Encourages Backyard Wildlife Habitat

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(AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Natural Resources officials say state residents can help battle the loss of wildlife habitat by providing food, water and shelter for birds, reptiles and other species in their backyard.

The Department of Natural Resources says habitat loss is the top global threat to wildlife and plants.

DNR officials say helping combat the loss of habitat can be as simple as placing nest boxes around your house or planting flowers and shrubs to attract wildlife.

Organizers say backyard wildlife habitat not only provides food and shelter for wildlife, but can beautify the landscape while helping control soil erosion and keeping sediment from running off into waterways.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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