I am looking foward to so many things at our new place! One of them is reclaiming the land that makes up our little patch of green.  Right now it’s kind of a hot mess; overgrown with brambles & invasive plants. The creek bed is full of debris.  All the trees desperately need the attention of a tree doctor. So much to do, and I’m looking forward to the project.  One of my goals is to get our place certified as a wildlife friendly habitat.

Certified Wildlife HabitatThe National Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife Habitat Certification™ Program 

NWF has helped people restore habitat and wildlife populations to our cities, towns and neighborhoods. Since 1973, the program has been teaching and encouraging people turn their own small piece of the Earth—their yards and gardens—into thriving habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife. In doing so, the Garden for Wildlife™ program helps wildlife and gives people a daily connection to the natural world, literally right outside their door.

Wildlife need our help. Human activity has changed and eliminated habitat, locally, and on the global scale, and birds, butterflies, and other wildlife are pushed into ever-shrinking wilderness areas.

You can make a difference. You can invite wildlife back to your own yard and neighborhood by planting a simple garden. Imagine your garden teeming with singing songbirds, colorful butterflies, flitting hummingbirds, and other small wildlife.

Wildlife Habitat Certification

Providing a sustainable habitat for wildlife begins with your plants. That’s why we call it a wildlife habitat “garden.” When you plant the native plant species that wildlife depend on, you  begin to restore your local environment. Adding water sources, nesting boxes, and other features enhances the habitat value of your garden to wildlife. By choosing natural gardening practices, you make your yard a safe place for wildlife.

Requirements for a Wildlife Habitat Certified Yard

Creating a wildlife garden reverses some of the human-caused habitat destruction that is hurting wildlife. It’s easier than you might think. Here is what your wildlife garden should include:

Food: Native plants provide nectar, seeds, nuts, fruits, berries, foliage, pollen, and insects eaten by an exciting variety of wildlife. Feeders can supplement natural food sources.

Water: All animals need water to survive and some need it for bathing or breeding as well.

Cover: Wildlife need places to find shelter from bad weather and places to hide from predators or stalk prey.

Places to Raise Young: Wildlife need resources to reproduce and keep their species going. Some species have totally different needs in their juvenile phase than they do as adults.

Sustainable Practices: How you manage your garden can have an effect on the health of the soil, air, water, and habitat for native wildlife as well as the human community.

Wildlife habitat

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