Create a Habitat

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Create a habitat and receive a

You only need 4 easy elements: water, food, cover and a place to raise young. Whether you have a large or small yard, or even a small patio, you can create a garden that will attract butterflies, birds, and other wildlife.

Wildlife Food Picture

Plants produce the greatest supply of food for wildlife. Trees, shrubs, grasses, and flowering-plants produce foods such as berries, seeds, acorns, nectar, sap, pollen, foliage, and nuts. Planting native plants can serve to recreate the natural habitats upon which our local wildlife populations depend for survival.

Water can be supplied in many ways. If you live on a canal, lake, or pond, you already have an area some wildlife can access. A fountain, water garden, or small prefabricated pond can also serve as a water source. For limited space, a birdbath, flower pots, shallow dishes, or irregular shaped boulders (that form puddles on the surface) will do nicely.

Ground Cover picture

Wildlife need protection from predators and coverage from extreme weather conditions. Trees, plants and other vegetation that provide food can also supply protection and cover.

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Place for Wildlife to Raise Their Young
The same plants and trees that provide food and shelter, also provide places to raise the next generation of offspring.  Creating several layers of vegetation by planting trees, understory plants, groundcover, and grasses can both serve to protect the various species that call your yard home, while giving them spaces to court a mate, build a nest, lay eggs, burrow in or dig a hole and raise babies.

Claim your Solar Fountain

Once you have provided these elements for a Backyard Habitat, take the extra step to register your garden through the National Wildlife Federation. The City will give you a free solar fountain - - it's perfect for your birdbath, or other small water feature. To claim your solar fountain, send your certification for your Wildlife Habitat to Sharon Vollmer, Urban Forester, via email.

Mayors' Monarch Pledge

Our City Mayor is participating in a nationwide effort to advance monarch butterfly conservation by taking the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge. Some essential components of this effort will be to urge homeowners to plant butterfly gardens, install more native plants, and create wildlife habitats. And, to reward you for doing your part and for exercising your 'green thumb', you can claim a FREE solar fountain. Send your proof of your pledge to Sharon Vollmer, Urban Forester, via email.

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