Did you know you can certify your yard as a wildlife refuge? It’s true! Your garden has the potential to attract and host many species of wild fauna. You can start small and work with what you have!
What is a certified wildlife habitat?
Did you know you can certify your yard as a wildlife refuge? It’s true! Your garden has the potential to attract and host many species of wild fauna.
The process is surprisingly simple, and by the end you’ll have a bustling community right outside your door.
Why are they important?
These patches of green provide important refuge to wildlife, especially in densely populated neighborhoods and urban areas.
These refuges offer food, water, and habitat for native species of birds, pollinators, and other critters to help them raise their young and thrive.
How to get started.
You don’t need much space to begin your journey! Places as small as a balcony or doorstep are enough to help native wildlife pass through, refuel, and even hang out for a while.
Leaving out a dish of water for thirsty insects and birds is a step in the right direction! You may also plant native wildflowers for food and forage or leave out a nesting box for birds that need a home.
You can have your yard certified after meeting a few criteria. The National Wildlife Federation offers a certification program with guidelines and helpful tips curated for 38 different U.S. states.
Some requirements include having at least 3 food sources, 1 water source, 2 cover spaces, and 2 nesting areas.
To become a certified wildlife habitat, you must also practice sustainable gardening practices such as using organic compost (try making your own!) and conserving water.
Information from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commision, National Wildlife Federation, and City of Fort Lauderdale Green Your Routine.