Care for our local environment and
Live in Harmony with Nature
Certify your backyard by providing these elements:
Your habitat needs three of the following: Seeds from a plant Berries Nectar Nuts Fruits Sap Pollen Suet Bird Feeder Squirrel Feeder Hummingbird Feeder Butterfly Feeder
"Restoring habitats where commercial and residential development have degraded natural ecosystems, can be your way of giving back to wildlife."
habitat needs one of the
following sources of clean water for wildlife to drink and bathe: Birdbath Lake Stream Seasonal Pool
Ocean Water Garden/Pond River Butterfly Puddling
"Wildlife needs sources of clean water for many purposes,
3. Cover and Shelter
needs at least two places to
find shelter from the weather and predators: Wooded Area Bramble Patch
Ground Cover Rock Pile or Wall Cave Roosting Box Dense Shrubs or
Thicket Evergreens Brush or Log Pile Burrow Meadow or Prairie
"Providing places of cover not only help wildlife feel safe from people and predators, it can also help your overall garden if you "branch out" to attract other helpful pollinators, such as bats or bees."
4. Places to Raise Young
You need at least two places for wildlife to engage in courtship behavior, mate, and raise their young: Mature Trees Meadow or Prairie Nesting Box Wetland Cave Host Plants for Caterpillars Dead Trees or Snags Dense Shrubs or a Thicket Water Garden or Pond Burrow
"Creating a wildlife habitat is about creating a place for the entire life-cycle of a species to occur."
5. Sustainable Gardening
You should be doing two things to help manage your habitat:
Soil and Water Conservation: Riparian
Buffer Capture Rain Water from Roof Xeriscape
(water-wise landscaping) Drip or Soaker Hose for Irrigation Limit Water Use
Reduce Erosion (i.e. ground cover, terraces) Use Mulch Rain Garden
Controlling Exotic Species: Practice Integrated Pest Management Remove Non-Native Plants and Animals Use Native Plants Reduce Lawn Areas
Organic Practices: Eliminate Chemical Pesticides Eliminate Chemical Fertilizers Compost
"Replacing grass lawns with native wildflowers, shrubs, and trees will increase the beauty of your property and provide a nurturing refuge for wildlife. How you manage your garden can have an effect on the health of the soil, air, water and habitat for native wildlife - as well as the human community."
When you certify with your application and fee of $20, you'll receive all these great benefits: (Certify online at:http://www.nwf.org/gardenforwildlife/certify.cfm)
A personalized certificate that recognizes your NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat.
A free NWF membership which includes a full year's subscription to the award-winning National Wildlifeฎ magazine.
A free subscription to the quarterly e-newsletter, Habitats, full of insightful tips and information on gardening and attracting wildlife year after year.
Your name listed in NWF's National registry, and
You can also buy a sign ($25) to post on your habitat, making a statement in support of productive and diverse habitat.
For a Certification Package, more Information, or to volunteer:
Whidbey Island Wildlife Habitat Project
Thank you to our partner organizations: