Sunday, June 17, 2012

NWF Backyard Wildlife Habitat

Why not display your sign?
I've had my sign for quite awhile, but it graces an edge of my (inside) study in the Piedmont.

I saw this sign, prominently displayed on a mailbox) on a garden tour today (this garden wasn't on the tour).  But, it had me thinking about it.

The National Wildlife Federation's Backyard Wildlife Program (based here in the U.S.) is a long-running program, and it's evolved into quite a nice one -- encouraging native plants to support native wildlife (unlike in the earlier years of their campaign).

It's a bit of a gimmick, certainly; you as the homeowner go down a checklist about your garden, pay something for the sign, and bingo, you're a certified wildlife habitat.  But it's encouraging, too, so I'm supportive of their efforts --  they've tried to go beyond yards to neighborhoods and communities (college campuses, too).  These are all good things!

4 comments:

  1. The home I just moved into has been certified since the first years of the program. We just put up a sign a few months ago :)

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  2. This is really cool actually! I would rock the sign, just to support my community and the fact that I could be a certified wildlife habitat.

    -Tony Salmeron
    Tree Removal Charlotte

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  3. I've always been a fan of the NWF Backyard Wildlife Habitat program. And I should put my sign out!

    What gave me pause recently was their interest in partnering with Scotts-MiracleGro. A bit of strange bed-fellows, I thought. But they dropped that connection after supporters complained.

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