The National Wildlife Federation has a certification for Community Wildlife Habitats. Community Wildlife Habitats are communities that use their public areas as a place to provide wildlife with food, water, cover and places to raise young. In addition to providing these basic needs for the wildlife, “the community also educates its residents about sustainable gardening practices such as reducing or eliminating chemical fertilizers and pesticides, conserving water, planting native plants, removing invasive plants and composting.”
Education is only part of Community Wildlife Habitats. Residents also partake in stream/trail/beach clean ups.
An example of a Community Wildlife Habitat is Zionsville, Indiana (the second in the US). The town has 195 certified wildlife-friendly areas, including Zionsville Middle School and the parks department. Stonegate Elementary School will complete its schoolyard habitat this fall with help from the Indiana federation.
Larry Schweiger, National Wildlife Federation president and chief executive officer, will make the road sign presentation. The public is invited. (From the Indy Star)
Check out the NWF website to find out how you can start a Community Wildlife Habitat and see which certified and registered communities are near you!