Make your yard a Certified Wildlife Habitat®

Get a certified wildlife habitat.  Just 6 easy steps. 1) Provide food - nectar, fruit, seeds from plants. 2) Supply water - water gardens, bird baths. 3) Create cover - rock piles, evergreens. 4) Provide places to raise young - trees, shrubs. 5) Garden sustainably - reduce chemical use for clean water for people and wildlife. 6) Get certified - click to learn more...
National Wildlife Federation Delmarva Power an Exelon Company SUEZ in Delaware

Delaware Nature Society partners with the National Wildlife Federation to bring the Certified Wildlife Habitat® program to Delaware. The Certified Wildlife Habitat program at Delaware Nature Society is supported in part by Delmarva Power and SUEZ in Delaware.

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Why Create a Certified Wildlife Habitat®

Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies on Milkweed

Butterflies, birds, and other wildlife are in decline
in part due to habitat loss and pesticides.

Running a lawnmower for emits 11 times more pollution
than a new car. (EPA 2014)

Household lawns cover 40 million acres - more than any commercial crop - and account for 10 times more herbicide
per acre than agribusiness.

Your gardening choices can make a difference!

When you have a Certified Wildlife Habitat, it helps:

Support Wildlife

Because 87% of Delaware land is privately owned, backyard conservation is key to supporting local wildlife. Lawns compete with and exclude native plants needed by native insects, birds, and animals for food, water, cover, and a place to raise their young.

Article: End of the
Monarch Butterfly?

Clean Water

The biggest threat to our water is contaminated runoff from yards, farms, roads, and construction sites. Certified Wildlife Habitats help to ensure cleaner, safer water for people and wildlife by reducing the use of fertilizers and pesticides, and by reducing storm water runoff and lawn watering.

Clean Air

Reducing lawn area means less
mowing so reduces air pollution. You can also protect air quality and saving energy on heating and cooling when you plant native trees! Deciduous trees (trees that shed their leaves seasonally) around a home can save 10-50% on summer
cooling costs. Evergreen trees can
save 20% on winter heating.

Educate Others

Landscaping for wildlife and clean water is a philosophy to be shared. When neighbors see the beautiful plants, birds, and butterflies in your yard, they may be inspired to create their own Certified Wildlife Habitat. Once you certify, get the sign for $5 to proudly tell your friends and neighbors about your habitat.

Save Money

Native plants, when appropriately
located, require less water, fertilizer, and pesticides than exotic plants because they are often better adapted to the local environmental conditions, which is money directly back in your pocket!

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