That was the headline of an article by Collin O’Mara, President and CEO of The National Wildlife Federation and former secretary of Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, last week in Delaware Online. After reading it I felt very proud of my adopted state!
“Fortunately, the First State is emerging as a leader in creating urban wildlife habitat. More than a thousand Delawareans have certified their property as a Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation in partnership with our State Affiliate the Delaware Nature Society. This is more than twice the national average per capita. This Thursday, the City of Newark became the 78th certified Community Wildlife Habitat in the nation and the second in Delaware after Townsend and the good folks in Slaughter Beach hope to be third.” wrote O’Mara.
When sad news comes out about the quality of our water or declining bee and monarch populations, people often ask, “What can I do about it?” Our answer would be “Become part of NWF’s Certified Wildlife Habitat family?” American Beauties Native Plants has been a supporter of the National Wildlife Federation since it’s inception. Native plants are an important ingredient in creating wildlife habitat. My garden is certified and having the NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat sign out front has been a great way to get our neighbors interested too.
Fall is here and winter isn’t far away. Wildlife needs you now. Join the crowd and get certified today! Here are the four steps you need to begin and links to read more.
Planting native plants or hanging feeders in safe places are two easy ways to start. Native shrubs and trees provide the foliage, nectar, pollen, berries, seeds and nuts that many species of wildlife require to survive and thrive.
Wildlife need sources of clean water for drinking, bathing, and reproduction. Water sources may include natural features such as ponds, lakes and rivers or human-made features such as bird baths, puddling areas for butterflies, installed ponds or rain gardens.
Wildlife need places to hide to feel safe from people, predators, and inclement weather. Native vegetation is a perfect cover for terrestrial wildlife. Shrubs, thickets and brush piles provide great hiding places within their bushy leaves and thorns.
Creating a wildlife habitat is about creating a place for the entire life-cycle of a species to occur, from tadpole to frog, from caterpillar to butterfly.
Bringing Life to Your Garden!
Have fun out there,