Create and Certify your Wildlife Habitat Garden!
a small amount of planning and effort, you can
create wildlife habitat in your yard, on your
balcony, at your school, or along roadsides!
The Arizona Wildlife Federation is teaming with
National Wildlife Federation to certify YOUR
"garden for wildlife" habitat. With NWF's
Habitat program, folks are
encouraged to plant native shrubs, flowers, and
trees that produce berries, seeds, and sap, to
create an Eco-friendly environment for birds
NWF and AWF will certify
your yard, balcony container garden,
schoolyard, work landscape, or roadside
greenspace into a Certified Wildlife Habitat.
It is fun, easy, and makes a big difference for
a wildlife garden might sound challenging at
first. But with the right plants and
surroundings you can welcome wildlife into your
backyard, schoolyard, roadside, or balcony.
can even build a "bat-birdhouse"
in your backyard to give bats a place to nest.
Having bats around may sound scary to some, but
they help combat the mosquito population!
When you certify your habitat, a
portion of your application processing fee
supports Arizona Widlife Federation and the
National Wildlife Federation's programs to help
stop the decline of habitat for bees,
butterflies, birds, amphibians and other
wildlife. [Note: the application fee is waived
for schools Pre-K to Grade 12.] Habitat loss is
one of the leading causes of species decline
Providing a sustainable habitat
for wildlife begins with your plants. That's
why we call it a wildlife habitat "garden".
When you plant the native species that wildlife
depend on, you create habitat and begin to
restore your local environment. Adding water
sources, nesting boxes and other habitat
features enhances the habitat value of your
habitat "garden" for wildlife. By choosing
natural gardening practices, you make your yard
a safe place for wildlife and help reverse some
of the human-caused habitat destruction that is
hurting wildlife everywhere.
habitat is easier than you might think! Keep
reading to find out what your wildlife garden
Plant shrubs that flower and produce berries.
Native plants provide nectar, seeds, nuts,
fruits, berries, foliage, pollen and insects
eaten by an exciting variety of wildlife.
Plants with colorful flowers will especially
attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Bird and
squirrel feeders can supplement natural food
sources. Leaving the seed pods on plants as
long as possible helps winter
All animals need water to survive and some need
it for bathing or breeding as well. Create a
water bath by hollowing out the top 2 or 3
inches of a tree stump or placing pebbles or
small rocks in a plant saucer, garbage can lid,
or other saucer-shaped object.
Wildlife need places to find shelter from bad
weather and to hide from predators. Create a
rock garden or strategically place a broken
flower pot or roofing tile as a "toad abode".
Leave dead trees or tree branches, which often
have hollows birds and wildlife can nest or
hide in, and also attract good food sources
such as insects, mosses, lichens and fungi.
Native plants that can withstand full sun offer
butterflies a place to warm up.
to Raise Young:
secure places to raise their young, such as
nests for birds. Inspect your yard for nooks
and crannies that you can enhance as places for
bird or bunny nests. Build a bird or bat house.
Leave a brush pile or plant dense shrubs to
How you manage your
garden can have an effect on the health of the
soil, air, water and habitat. These are
important for the human community as well as
for wildlife! Limit water use by mulching,
planting native species, not overwatering,
watering early and late in the day, and using
drip or soaker hoses. Avoid use of chemicals
such as pesticides. Get rid of invasive
non-native plants that crowd out the natives.
Use compost rather than inorganic fertilizers.
Capture rain water from the roof.
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