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Over the past three years the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has “wildlife” certified more than 154,000 backyards/gardens in the United States. Whether it is a 20-acre farm or a family’s balcony in a major metropolitan city, NWF has developed a simple checklist to help people diversify their backyards and support wildlife.
So how do you make your backyard more eco-friendly for wildlife?
Provide food sources: native plants, seeds, fruits, nuts, berries and nectar.
Provide water sources: a birdbath, pond, water garden, stream
Provide cover: thicket, rock pile, birdhouse
Examples of places to raise young: dense shrubs, vegetation, nesting box and ponds
Not only does NWF certify backyards and gardens, they also have programs that will certify habitats at school, work, even a place of worship.
Take a “green minute” and sign up for the certification program today at NWF.org/CertifiedWildlifeHabitat.
It is just one small step you can take to help wildlife in your community.
by Pat Byington, editor of The Green Register