Having your Conservation Garden listed as certified wildlife habitat is a great way to show your support for several organizations working to protect wildlife by encouraging folks to make healthy choices on their properties that benefit wildlife. And by adopting these methods of making beneficial decisions you will be well on your way to creating welcoming habitats for your wildlife friends.
Here are several ways to get certified. Feel free to certify your Conservation Garden with one, several, or all of the following:
- The National Wildlife Federation has been certifying gardens for over 35 years. They have an extensive resource area for those wishing to gain some tips for improving habitats on their properties.
- The North America Butterfly Association Butterfly Garden and Habitat Program has an exhaustive resource area for butterfly gardeners, including garden ideas, host plant lists, suggested plants, and regional gardening guides.
- Canadian Wildlife Federation‘s certification is similar to that of the National Wildlife Federation, above
- Monarch Watch Waystation Program is a great way to create stopover spots for Monarch butterflies during their amazing migration and for breeding new generations.
In addition to these national programs, many states and local communities have their own certification programs. These are a great way to get to know your neighbors who share similar passions about wildlife. Checking with your state’s native plant society is a good place to begin your search for local certification.