If have room in your backyard, consider making a wildlife brush pile habitat. It's exactly that: A pile of sticks, branches, twigs and other natural materials built up into a pile. It provides habitat during the cooler months for all sorts of wild animals. It's also a place for insects to call home; these insects become valuable food for wild animals. Even just covering your flower garden with raked leaves provides a warm habitat for smaller animals, all while insulating flowerbeds to be ready for next year.