The best way of attracting wildlife is to plant native vegetation such as grasses, wild strawberries, native flowers, and other plants that are natural to the area. Native plants have evolved over time to thrive in the local climate and soil conditions. By planting native vegetation, you are providing food and shelter for a variety of animals and insects. Water is another essential need for all wildlife. I have buried a shallow planting tray for water in a shady area and I refill it daily from spring to fall. I also built a small, shallow shelter at the spot and lined it with moss.
The City of Saskatoon website offers resources on different wild animals that might be encountered. One brochure they have features the white-tailed jackrabbit, find it here.
For some reason, the white-tailed jackrabbit has adapted well to cities, and is one of Saskatoon’s more common wild mammals. These adaptable creatures can be found in a variety of habitats. I like to think that wildlife in urban areas is as important as wildlife in the countryside, as animals are otherwise losing natural habitat where they can bed down, nest, find food and water. You can help rebuild biodiversity and keep Saskatoon Wild by providing simple habitats.