Dear Homeowner: Help Local Wildlife Thrive

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Do you love looking at the wildlife in your yard? From butterflies to birds and bunnies to bees, here are several easy and impactful ways to participate and start helping your local wildlife, from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF):

Create a Habitat for your Local Wildlife. Think first of the birds, butterflies and bees that you can support in your garden habitat, then select plants that provide the kinds of food they need, such as nectar, berries or seeds. Plant according to your region, local environment and conditions, from sunny deserts to shady woodlands. Use NWF's "Plant Finder" to get a list of the plants native to your area that support wildlife.

Think Small. No yard? No problem! For those with small outdoor spaces, select pots and planters that allow you to plant a selection of blooming pollinator-friendly native plants.

Plant for Year-Round Diversity and Beauty. Wildlife needs food, water, cover and places to raise young all year. Choose a variety of plants that bloom at different times of the year, from native wildflowers to shrubs that produce berries. Evergreens provide year-round cover. Think vertically, too. Incorporate existing large trees and then underplant with smaller trees and shrubs for cover and nesting places.

Plant in Groups. This will result in more color, textural impact and eye-catching patterns throughout the garden bed or landscape. This technique also draws the eye into the garden, and the close plantings will prevent weeds and minimize the need for excess mulching. Clusters of blooming plants are more likely to attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.

Keep Water Sources in Mind. Adding bird baths or container water gardens help attract a variety of wildlife, from birds to tree frogs.

Certify your Garden. Celebrate by certifying your garden with the National Wildlife Federation and proudly display a sign! Show why you have designed your yard intentionally to help wildlife and encourage others to do the same. Certifying also spreads the wildlife gardening message to your entire neighborhood.

Bottom Line

Helping local wildlife thrive is important for several reasons:

  1. Biodiversity: Wildlife plays a crucial role in maintaining biodiversity, which is essential for a healthy ecosystem. A healthy ecosystem provides us with clean air, water, and soil, which are essential for human survival.

  2. Ecosystem Services: Wildlife provides many ecosystem services, such as pollination, pest control, and seed dispersal, which are critical for the productivity of our farms and forests.

  3. Economic Benefits: Wildlife also provides economic benefits through tourism and recreation. Many people travel to see wildlife in their natural habitats, and this can provide significant revenue for local communities.

  4. Ethical Considerations: As humans, we have a responsibility to protect and care for other species that share our planet. It is our duty to ensure that they have a safe and healthy environment to thrive in.

  5. Educational Opportunities: Wildlife also provides educational opportunities for people of all ages. By learning about local wildlife, people can develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for the natural world around them.

Overall, helping local wildlife thrive is essential for the health and well-being of both humans and the environment.


Earth Day Saturday April 22, 2023

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