Gardening for Wildlife forum: Certified Wildlife Habitat anyone???

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Name: Kim
Beaver Falls, PA (Zone 6a)
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klc
Sep 21, 2014 9:14 PM CST
Has anyone had their yard etc certified by the National Wildlife Federation?? If so, what things did you do to create the proper habitat and what do you attract??

It is a "bucket list" goal to get my small "city-ifed" yard certified Whistling
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Sep 22, 2014 1:28 PM CST
And, on the flip side, how intrusive (or not) is the NWF if you do become certified? And what are the advantages of becoming certified? I'm always a bit reluctant to invite in any organized agency into my personal space. But certainly willing to consider the plus side.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 25, 2014 3:02 PM CST
Bonehead said:And, on the flip side, how intrusive (or not) is the NWF if you do become certified? And what are the advantages of becoming certified? I'm always a bit reluctant to invite in any organized agency into my personal space. But certainly willing to consider the plus side.


I agree
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
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Name: Kim
Beaver Falls, PA (Zone 6a)
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klc
Sep 25, 2014 3:50 PM CST
I've never heard anything "bad" about the NWF....and I think the advantage (at least to me) would be personally knowing you did something good for the nature in your area. I have not heard of the NWF even coming to your home....think it's all done by pictures etc....

Here is the info on what you would do to get certified....

http://www.nwf.org/How-to-Help/Garden-for-Wildlife/Certify-Y...
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 25, 2014 5:05 PM CST
I've been to the site & what bothers me is that nowhere do they say, in advance of you filling out the certification form, what the cost is. Why aren't they up front about it?
Secondly, they tell you right on there how to create a wildlife habitat so why don't you just do it? Do you *need* that "official certification paper" so badly. If I create the habitat on my property then why do I need someone to take my money & tell me I did it? I know I did it & that's all I need. I'm just sayin'......
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Kim
Beaver Falls, PA (Zone 6a)
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klc
Sep 25, 2014 5:57 PM CST
Gee...I didn't mean to start a stink Crying

I merely asked if anyone had certified their yard..... I thought it was kind of a neat thing...... Shrug!
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 25, 2014 6:05 PM CST
You're not starting a stink & I'm not making one either. I'm merely expressing my opinion. Please don't take my words harshly. If we were talking in person, there would be body language & tone of voice to convey intent. It does bother me that they do not declare the fee up front. I really hate it when I go to a site & they want you to fill out something & when you get to the end THEN they ask you for money. If I had known beforehand, I would have saved myself some time & grief & not filled out the form in the first place. I have learned to be wary when such is not declared free right off the bat.

It is totally your right to think it's a neat thing. If you think it's neat & you do it, then good for you & I think it's neat that you did something you considered neat. Go for it if you want to. Thumbs up
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Sep 25, 2014 6:12 PM CST
I think it's great to have certified yards (with signs posted) to help raise awareness and get more people interested in doing whatever they can do to help wildlife in their own yards. That being said, we've created 10 acres of wildlife habitat here with no plans to certify. For the most part, where we are only the animals would see the signs. Big Grin
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Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Sep 25, 2014 6:15 PM CST
Thanks for the link, Kim. I went through the questionnaire and since I have acreage, I would be a slam-dunk for certification through no particular effort of my own. I have a large diversity of native plants providing both food and shelter, a year-round creek, wetlands, brush and rock piles, etc. As it all appears to be self-reporting, I think the purpose of the signage would be to heighten awareness, and I can see that in a city or suburban setting that would be much more effective than in a rural area. Going through the certification process may encourage folks with smaller lots to create a missing link (e.g., brush piles or water source) and posting an 'official' sign may start a conversation with neighbors about the importance of preserving wildlife habitat.

Ann, I was similarly surprised to find the fee structure at the end of the questionnaire, but there was no particular pressure to purchase, and by completing the questionnaire, one would have a better idea of what might be missing to be certified even if you choose not to do so. I wasn't offended.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Herbs Dragonflies Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry
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Bonehead
Sep 25, 2014 6:16 PM CST
Cross posted with Chelle, same basic sentiment.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 25, 2014 6:26 PM CST
Like you, I have acreage & already have the needed requirements Deb. I also agree that in a neighborhood setting, the certification sign might raise awareness & create conversations.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Herbs Dragonflies Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry
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Bonehead
Sep 25, 2014 6:35 PM CST
Kim, let us know if you do move forward with certification. I would be interested to follow it from beginning to end - you may uncover hidden advantages/disadvantages that would be helpful for others to know about. And, I second Ann that no disrespect/angst was intended.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Kim
Beaver Falls, PA (Zone 6a)
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klc
Sep 27, 2014 8:02 PM CST
Since we are coming up on winter, I'll put "action" on hold and plan what I want to do next spring... I always put feeders out in the winter for the birds...

I keep updating....
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 27, 2014 8:24 PM CST
Feeders for the birdies in the winter is a great thing to do. Do you have bushes very close by for cover for them in case a hawk flies overhead? Oh & if you had a heated birdbath or some kind of water source that doesn't freeze.....
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Sep 27, 2014 8:49 PM CST
Monarch Watch has "Monarch Waystation" certification.
http://www.monarchwatch.org/waystations/

For those in Texas, there is the Texas Parks and Wildlife, "Texas Wildscape Backyard Habitat" cerification.
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/wildlife_diversity...
wildflowersoftexas.com
texasnatureonline.com


Name: Kim
Beaver Falls, PA (Zone 6a)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Orchids Region: Pennsylvania Birds Ferns Dog Lover
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klc
Sep 28, 2014 5:49 AM CST
We do have hawks in our area...in fact one was on my fence when I got home the other morning (I work nights) but there is trees in the neighbor's yard so the birdies are safe. Putting in some kind of small tree is in the "plan"...dogwood maybe.

Been wanting to get a heated birdbath but the prices are STEEP!! Grumbling
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 28, 2014 7:35 AM CST
I know, the prices are steep. You might try looking at heaters for animal bowls -- think outside the box --- water has to be kept from freezing for virtually every farm animal out there, chickens, goats, you name it. Here are some links:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Farm-Innovators-Heated-Pet-Bowl-1-...

http://www.southernstates.com/catalog/p-2523-farm-innovators...

http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/api-all45%3Bseasons-el...

There are some that are just the element parts that you stick in the water but I can't find them at the moment.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Kim
Beaver Falls, PA (Zone 6a)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Orchids Region: Pennsylvania Birds Ferns Dog Lover
Butterflies Container Gardener Frogs and Toads Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Garden Ideas: Level 2
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klc
Sep 28, 2014 4:36 PM CST
Thank you!! I will look at those and see what I can find!! Green Grin!
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 28, 2014 5:04 PM CST
I tip my hat to you.

Even if you have to set it on the ground like the dog bowl one, the poor birdies get awfully thirsty in the winter. I recently moved to north Fl. from the lower end of the state where there are no freezing days & several times our birdbaths have frozen here. Broke my heart the 1st time I saw them bright & early in the morning from my kitchen window desperately trying to get water out of the frozen birdbath. At least here I can go out & pour some water in it & it will thaw it enough they can drink until the whole thing thaws out. I notice they never need water so early in the morning in all the other seasons but when it has been a very cold night, they sure need to drink early, early.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Kim
Beaver Falls, PA (Zone 6a)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Orchids Region: Pennsylvania Birds Ferns Dog Lover
Butterflies Container Gardener Frogs and Toads Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Garden Ideas: Level 2
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klc
Sep 28, 2014 5:41 PM CST
Where were you in South FL....
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying

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