The Audubon Park Garden District applied to become a certified Community Wildlife Habitat with the National Wildlife Federation.
“The Audubon Park Garden District wants to promote the creation and conservation of wildlife habitats through community-wide collaboration and public education. We are building a thoughtful and healthy urban environment for people and wildlife, right down to our pollinators,” Audubon Park Garden District Jennifer Marvel wrote in a blog post.
According to the National Wildlife Federation “a Community Wildlife Habitat is a community that provides habitat for wildlife throughout the community—in individual backyards, on school grounds and in public areas such as parks, community gardens, places of worship and businesses.”
The program educates the public, while also improving the environment, making it more favorable for wildlife, whenever possible. APGD has sent in their application and will now need to earn points towards certification.
“It fits the values that APGD stakeholders bring to our community. Yes, we are an urban environment and most of our individual properties are basically tiny, but that doesn’t mean we all can’t help where we can. Even the tiniest areas without any plantable spots can bring in pots, water and the right plants to provide food, water, shelter and nesting materials for pollinators and butterflies. Everyone can literally certify,” Marvel told Bungalower.
Marvel says starting next year APGD will being workshops and a full-scale education campaign around the certification.