As part of its effort to educate and encourage residents about the importance and joy found in creating a friendly habitat that encourages nature to flourish in home gardens, the West Chicago America in Bloom Committee tries to bring programs like the celebration of Pollinator Week or the Monarch conservation efforts to the public.
The following information is from the National Wildlife Federation and provides ideas to create wildlife-friendly habitats for home gardens, and information about national certification:
Certified Wildlife Habitats
With the right elements, your garden can come to life as a haven for birds, butterflies, bees, and other animals. By certifying your garden, you’re confirming you’ve incorporated all the necessary elements to support a wildlife habitat.
Whether at your home, school, or workplace, a habitat garden provides a critical refuge for local and migratory species. As many species face the threat of dwindling habitat, every habitat garden is a step toward replenishing vital resources for wildlife. And when you certify, your $20 application fee supports National Wildlife Federation programs aimed at addressing the issues responsible for habitat decline. (Please note: This application fee is waived for schoolyard certification.)
Let those around you know you’ve made the commitment to support wildlife in your area—certify now and receive several benefits, including the opportunity to celebrate your success by purchasing an exclusive Certified Wildlife Habitat® sign.
To learn more about the requirements and benefits of certifying your wildlife habitat, visit http://nwf.org/garden.
*Content courtesy of the National Wildlife Federation.