Garden for Texas Wildlife!
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Texas Conservation Alliance is teaming with National Wildlife Federation to certify YOUR “garden for wildlife” habitat. Keep reading for details on how to get started.
By creating a natural garden, with native plants, you are providing essential elements of wildlife habitat: food, water, cover, and a place for wildlife to raise their young. Add a water source - such as a birdbath - and follow sustainable gardening practices, and not only will you have a wildlife-friendly garden, it will qualify as a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat.
Here is what your wildlife garden should include:
Food: Native plants provide food eaten by a variety of wildlife. Consider planting shrubs that produce berries, or use a feeder to supplement natural food sources.
Water: All animals need water to survive, and some need it for bathing or breeding as well. Even small water features help wildlife.
Cover: Wildlife need places to take shelter from bad weather and places to hide from predators or hunt for prey. Shrubs, wildflower gardens, rock walls all help to protect wildlife.
Places to Raise Young: Wildlife need resources to reproduce, and to protect and nourish their young. Nesting boxes for birds, milkweed for caterpillars, or ponds for frogs all make a place to raise young.
Sustainable Practices: Maintain your yard or garden in natural ways by not using chemicals, to ensure soil, air, and water stay healthy and clean.
Turn 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 neighborhood wildlife!
When you are ready to certify
Every habitat garden is a step toward replenishing resources for wildlife in Texas. Follow the link below to complete the certification process, which includes a $20 application fee. Your application fee supports NWF programs to prevent the decline of habitat for bees, butterflies, birds, amphibians and other wildlife. It also supports work for local wildlife right here in Texas. And, Texas Conservation Alliance receives a percentage of the signs sold!
Once certified, you can share your accomplishment and commitment to helping wildlife with your whole neighborhood by purchasing and posting an exclusive Certified Wildlife Habitat® sign. The processing fee and sign purchase directly support the National Wildlife Federation's programs to protect wildlife and wildlife habitat.
Visit http://www.nwf.org/statesgarden to complete the certification process.