Wild About Nature? Get Your Yard Certified
Anyone can create a welcoming haven for local wildlife. In fact, wildlife habitat gardens support twice as much wildlife as conventional lawns and non-native plant gardens. Turning your yard, balcony container garden or work landscape into a Certified Wildlife Habitat to attract birds, butterflies, and other neighborhood wildlife is fun, easy, and can make a lasting difference. Here is what your wildlife habitat should include:
Food: Native plants provide food eaten by a variety of wildlife. Feeders can supplement natural food sources. Click here to enter your zip code and discover some great native plant options for your area.
Water: All animals need water to survive, and some need it for bathing or breeding as well. Offer bird baths year-round with heated bird baths in winter.
Cover: Wildlife need places to take shelter from bad weather and places to hide from predators or hunt for prey. Recycled Christmas trees make great cover for birds - just lie the tree somewhere in the yard and allow the birds to take refuge.
Places to Raise Young: Wildlife need resources to reproduce, and to protect and nourish their young. Trees, shrubs, and bird houses are all great options. Have a dead tree in your yard? Leave the trunk or as much of the tree as you can. Woodpeckers need dead wood for their nests. Dead snags also make great lookout spots for birds.
Sustainable Practices: Maintain your yard or garden in natural ways to ensure soil, air, and water stay healthy and clean. Avoid the use of ANY poisons, as these travel up the food change and damage far more than what you're intending. With more native plants, less watering and weeding is needed.
Certify your space to show your commitment to wildlife. It’s easier than you might think. Wild Birds Unlimited is a Champion Sponsor of the NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat Program. Learn more on how to certify your wildlife habitat by clicking here, https://www.wbu.com/certify-your-yard