Happy Habitat

Wildlife-Ready Yards and Gardens

Spring brings beautiful birds and butterflies to wildlife-friendly locations all along their American migration routes. Each year, residents may welcome these courageous visitors with a needed haven of essentials: food, water, cover and places to raise their young.

“We marvel at the beauty of the birds, squirrels, rabbits and butterflies that come to the feeders, plants and birdbaths in our yard,” says one family who’s qualified their yard as a Certified Wildlife Habitat with the National Wildlife Federation. “It’s one of the best ways we know to relieve the stress of a hurried, daily life.” Honeybees, other pollinators and frogs add to the chorus of approval of native flowers and large and small ponds. For natural habitat how-to guides and tips, visit www.NWF.org/backyard.

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