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Start Early. Plan Now.

Dear Friend of Wildlife,

Winter is a great time to start thinking about how to improve your garden for birds and other backyard wildlife. Start planning your garden now and make a haven for wildlife by including the elements of a Certified Wildlife Habitat®! It’s as easy as providing sources of food, water, cover, and places to raise young and maintaining your garden in a natural, sustainable way.

Here are the some options that may work for you.

The Urban Balcony
  • 1 shallow dish with water = water
  • 1 roosting box = cover
  • 1 large flower pot with 3 native plants, including milkweed = 3 food sources, place to raise young, cover, sustainability
  • Eliminate chemical pesticides = sustainability
The Suburban Haven
  • 1 tree = food, cover, place to raise young
  • 1 hummingbird feeder or native nectar plant = food
  • 1 berrying shrub = food, cover, place to raise young
  • 1 birdbath = water
  • Organic mulch or ground cover = sustainability
  • Limit water use = sustainability
The Natural Grounds
  • 1 wooded area = food, cover, place to raise young
  • 1 garden pond = water, cover, place to raise young
  • 1 native wildflower patch = food, cover, place to raise young
  • 1 berrying shrub = food, cover, place to raise young
  • Remove invasive exotic plants = sustainability
  • Reduce or eliminate lawn = sustainability
Each garden achieves the same goal: 3 food sources, 1 water source, 2 places for cover, 2 places to raise young, and 2 sustainable gardening practices. Does your garden provide these things? Certify it as a Certified Wildlife Habitat®!

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By providing food, water, cover and places for wildlife to raise their young you are eligible to have your yard recognized as a Certified Wildlife Habitat. When you certify, you’ll join over 215,000 gardeners across America who provide safe places for wildlife like birds to thrive. Creating a wildlife habitat garden not only helps wildlife, it gives you a beautiful place to experience nature every day.

Certify today!

Thank you for all you do for wildlife.

David Mizejewski Sincerely,

David Mizejewski
NWF Naturalist
P.S. Your $20 application fee will help further protect and restore key habitat for bees, butterflies, birds, amphibians and other wildlife nationwide. Plus, your certified garden will count toward meeting the goals of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, which will help support pollinators responsible for one third of our food supply.

Benefits of Certification

- LIMITED TIME OFFER: The National Wildlife Federation hummingbird fleece blanket, our FREE gift to you!*

- Personalized Certified Wildlife Habitat

- One year membership to NWF**

- One year subscription to National Wildlife magazine

- Monthly Garden for Wildlife e-newsletter

- 10% off the NWF catalog

Proudly Display Your Accomplishment
CWH Plaque
Certified Wildlife Habitat® Plaque

Once you are certified, help neighbors (and wildlife!) easily recognize your yard as animal-friendly with this stylish sign.

Made from rust-free recycled cast aluminum, this durable 8"x14" sign is available for wall ($89) or lawn mounting ($99). When you certify, select the lawn or wall plaque bundle at checkout.
*While supplies last. Substitutions may apply. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. Excludes Schoolyard Habitat certifications.
**Excludes Schoolyard Habitat certifications.

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