Certify Your Yard as Wildlife Habitat!
Updated: Apr 30
Here is something you can do now, from your own home, to help out our club, the neighborhood and the creatures who live amongst us. Certify your front or back yard as a Wildlife Habitat.
Our club has joined with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, the City of Los Angeles, and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) to create habitat for local plant and animal life. Many of you already have yards and gardens that qualify the five criteria the NWF has defined for certification: providing food, water, cover, young and sustainability. Certifying is as easy as clicking HERE, answering the five simple questions (these are examples of required criteria), and submitting your application. Certified yards will get a free subscription to National Wildlife magazine and a certificate to post in your yard. Don't fill all the requirements? We can help. Click HERE, to send an email to Calli for guidance on how to create a wildlife friendly habitat in your garden. It may be as simple as adding a bird bath, or a few new native plantings. Want to read about Patty Lombard's experience certifying her yard? Read it HERE on the Larchmont Buzz. Why do this? Show that we, individual gardeners, can make a difference in the larger city and the environment. Gain a deeper connection to nature. Learn to identify local wildlife. Preserve and expand our biodiversity. Reduce water use and chemical fertilizers. Reinvigorate ecology in urban Los Angeles!
Please try to certify your garden by May 31st. Send an email to Calli if you've completed the certification process so we can get a count, and thank you for participating in the program! Our small club is jump-starting this program here in Los Angeles, already partly in progress across the United States. We need 300 yards to qualify the Greater Wilshire area and put us on the wildlife map! Share the pdf with friends and neighbors (they don't have to be in the HPGC) to get more people to join the effort.