Most wildlife experts agree that feeding wild animals is not only unnecessary, but could be harmful, since those animals can lose their ability to forage for food. One way to help these animals is to provide them with a source of water, especially during drought conditions or the harsh winter months. A small birdbath or a large container of water on the ground can be a lifesaver. Just be sure to regularly replenish the water and keep it away from bushes, where predators could attack. If you plan to offer water to birds and wildlife in the winter months, invest in a small heating device designed for birdbaths; it'll keep the water thawed just enough for them to enjoy a good drink.