We’ve talked before about the process of certifying your wildlife habitat with the National Wildlife Federation, but aside from the pretty sign, is there a benefit to you for doing this?

In a word, yes!

But before we go into that, did you know that there are many other ways to certify your habitat garden?

Here’s a few:

  1. 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.
  2. Canadian Wildlife Federation‘s certification is similar to that of the National Wildlife Federation
  3. Monarch Watch Waystation Program is a great way to create stopover spots for Monarch butterflies during their amazing migration and for breeding new generations.
  4. Many state divisions of the National Audubon Society have habitat certification programs. For example, here is Pennsylvania’s and Oregon’s. Check with your local Audubon to find the program for your state.
  5. Many townships and cities have habitat certification programs specific to your immediate area. Your local nature center will probably be the best place to get this information.

While I have several friends who have certified their gardens in ALL of the above ways, you probably want to pick just one to start with.

The Benefits of Wildlife Habitat Certification