Certified Wildlife Habitat

To become an official Certified Wildlife Habitat, you need to provide food, water, cover and a place for wildlife to raise their young. You also need to garden in an environmentally responsible way. It’s that easy! I’ve included the criteria at the bottom of this email, or you can find out more details HERE. Once you meet the criteria, click the “Certify Now” button to apply online.

What food sources do I need to certify?

Your habitat needs three of the following types of plants or supplemental feeders: Seeds from a plant • Berries • Nectar • Foliage/Twigs • Nuts • Fruits • Sap • Pollen • Suet • Bird Feeder • Squirrel Feeder • Hummingbird Feeder • Butterfly Feeder

What water sources do I need to certify?

Your habitat needs one of the following sources to provide clean water for wildlife to drink and bathe:  Birdbath • Lake • Stream • Seasonal Pool • Ocean • Water Garden/Pond • River • Butterfly Puddling Area • Rain Garden • Spring

What kind of cover should I provide?

Wildlife need 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 • Water Garden or Pond

How can I give wildlife a place to raise their young?

You need at least two places for wildlife to engage in courtship behavior, mate, and then bear 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

What sustainable gardening practices do I need to certify?

You should be doing two things to help manage your habitat in a sustainable way. 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