Animal Organizations

Plant Conservation Galapagos

The National Wildlife Federation will also send a press release to your local newspaper to announce your certification, but only with your permission. A yard becomes eligible for certification with five basic elements as required by the Wildlife Federation. Once these five steps have been met, you will fill out an application and pay a $15. 00 processing fee. There are approximately more than 70,000 backyards certified at this time. A certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat will nurture wildlife year round.

Wildlife Decals

Milkweed is the only source of food for caterpillars of monarch butterflies. Monarch butterflies cannot reproduce without milkweed. As we've replaced natural habitat (that included milkweed) with suburban lawns and agricultural areas, we've destroyed milkweeed plants. Gardeners can help reverse this trend and aid declining monarch butterfly populations by planting milkweed in their yards. Almost every year we find monarch caterpillars on our milkweed. We also find milkweed bugs, another species dependent on milkweed. Second, I've added nesting boxes. These often attract bird families. It's helpful to have several with each in a different location so that birds may choose the spot they like best. Some nesting boxes (birdhouses) are a cute garden ornament. If birdhouses are spaced far enough apart and food is plentiful, you may see more than one nesting pair.