We Oregon Greniers are now officially a “Certified Wildlife Habitat” with the National Wildlife Federation, whose mission is to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future. And they mean all kinds of wildlife, from tiny insect pollinators to birds, frogs, squirrels, deer, elk — you name it! In striving to protect wildlife, they are also teaching people about the importance of habitat. By providing food, water, and a place to raise their young, you help wildlife and can also qualify to become an official Certified Wildlife Habitat.
To qualify, you have to provide at least three food sources. These can be food provided naturally by plants (e.g., seeds, nuts, berries, fruits, nectar and pollen sources) or supplemental feeders that you provide (e.g., bird seed, suet, hummingbird feeders). You also have to provide one water source (e.g., birdbath, shallow dish, butterfly puddling area, water garden or pond, etc.). And you need to provide at least three places that provides cover habitat for wildlife to raise their young (e.g., mature trees, dense shrub thickets, bird nesting boxes).
Whether you have an apartment balcony, a small yard, or a 20-acre farm, you can do your part to help wildlife and reap the benefit of hours of entertainment as you observe wildlife in your yard! Check out the National Wildlife Federation wildlife garden program. We did and we’re proud to be a part of this program!