Tuesday, October 30, 2012

How to Create A Wildlife Habitat


Steps To Get Wildlife Habitat Certification


The National Wildlife Federation has a program that encourages folks to create a natural habitat for wildlife.  If the space is a  small condo patio, or acres of farmland and woods, it can be certified if all of the elements of  a habitat are present. Does the school have an outdoor nature lab?  It can be certified as a Wildlife Habitat. Setting aside land for wildlife use is good for the environment.  It can enhance the neighborhood, and  make others aware that steps are being taken to preserve nature.

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Certified Yard
The requirements to get this certification are to provide an environment that can sustain wildlife with food, shelter, and water.

Food Sources for wildlife should be varied in nature, from seeds and berries, to nuts and nectar.  The birds and pollinators will be drawn to a variety of plants such as native berry shrubs and trees to nectar from fruit.  Small animals like mice, squirrels, raccoons, and opossums will also be attracted to these foods.
  
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Growing seeds in the form of perennials is also available.  Plants like coneflowers and  black-eye Susan present a great stage for birds and pollinators.

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Water features in the yard are vital for wildlife. Ponds are a big attraction, but small fountains, and birdbaths are quite inviting.  Ponds provide a habitat for frogs, and they in turn, eat mosquitoes.


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Shelter for wildlife is important for animals to hide from prey, or to protect nests of the young. Shrub rows, evergreens, and even wood piles provide these needs. Trees and Bird houses allow birds a place to build nests.
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100_1440The Backyard Wildlife Habitat is available with a questionnaire submitted to National Wildlife Federation.  It is easy to make this environment for wildlife and bring an awareness to the neighborhood of your steps to protect the wildlife.  Envision a habitat for wildlife, enrich your life , and enjoy.  
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