garden for wildlife

I went for a stroll around Hyde Park today and noticed something I've never seen before: really cool yards certified by the National Wildlife Federation. Here's more info on the NWF's Certified Wildlife Habitat program:
A Community Wildlife Habitat is a community that provides habitat for wildlife throughout the community--in individual backyards, on school grounds and in public areas such as parks, community gardens, places of worship and businesses.

It is a place where the residents make it a priority to provide habitat for wildlife by providing the four basic elements that all wildlife need: food, water, cover and places to raise young.

The community also educates its residents about sustainable gardening practices such as reducing or eliminating chemical fertilizers and pesticides, conserving water, planting native plants, removing invasive plants and composting.

It hosts workshops about gardening for wildlife, and holds community events such as stream or trail cleanups to make the community healthier for wildlife and people alike. A Community Wildlife Habitat project creates a place where people, flora and fauna can all flourish.
The program sounds like a fun - and awesome - way to protect the environment. Keep on rockin' those green thumbs, Austinites.


  1. this is awesome. I hope to see these more and more..... way to go austin.

  2. Love the blog entry! Did you know my backyard is a certified habitat?

  3. I didn't know that, Claudia! That's so cool :)

  4. Thanks for the plug for our program! Making your yard or garden more environmentally friendly is a great way to make a difference for the local critters. It's also a great way to get some outdoor time, especially for kids. Austin rocks!

    --David Mizejewski
    NATURALIST, National Wildlife Federation
    HOST, Backyard Habitat on Animal Planet
    AUTHOR, Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife


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