Certified Wildlife Habitat in neighborhood

Certified Wildlife Habitat

Creating a wildlife habitat to attract birds, butterflies, and other neighborhood wildlife is fun, rewarding, and makes a big difference. It’s easier than you might think.

By creating a natural garden with native plants, you are providing essential elements of wildlife habitat: food water, cover, and a place to raise their young. Add a water source—such as a birdbath—and your garden will not only be wildlife-friendly, but it will quality as a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat.

Food:  Native plants provide food eaten by a variety of wildlife. Feeders can supplement natural food sources.

Water:  All animals need water to survive, and some need it for bathing or breeding as well.

Cover:  Wildlife need places to take shelter from bad weather and places to hide from predators or hunt for prey.

Places to Raise Young:  Wildlife need resources to reproduce, and to protect and nourish their young.

Sustainable Practices:  Maintain your yard or garden in natural ways to ensure soil, air, and water stay healthy and clean.

Want to learn more or get involved? The Charlotte Wildlife Stewards are a local chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Foundation. They are a wealth of information, resources, and support. Subscribe to their newsletter to learn about upcoming events and programming.

Earning certification for your neighborhood involves additional outreach and education requirements. You can read more about the program on The National Wildlife page.