What You Can Do
Whether you own fifty acres in the backcountry or live in an apartment building, anyone can participate in the National Wildlife Federation's program to make your small piece of Earth wildlife-friendly.
In order to be certified, you must provide from a selection of options regarding food, water, shelter, places to raise young, and use sustainable garden practices. The requirements are outlined on the NWF website and certification application.
The goal is to attract beneficial insects, such as butterflies and bees, as well as birds, bats and other small animals to your yard and endeavor to establish a balanced, safe micro-ecosystem for them. Participants are encouraged to learn about and utilize organic and natural products in lieu of pesticide and herbicides, such as composting and worms, and organic gardening practices.
Visit the National Wildlife Federation website at www.nwf.org and learn what steps you can take make your property a safe and welcome place for wildlife, birds, bees and butterflies.
What the Result Will Be
Whether it's on a farm or ranch, in a city park, or in your backyard, chemical pesticides and non-organic fertilizers upset the fragile balance of nature. Natural solutions are better for micro-ecosystems, your health, and the planet as a whole, and in most cases are gentle remedies that restore balance. The idea is create a small, balanced ecosystem where all species of plants, animals, insects and birds can find a safe haven.
If you meet some basic requirements, you can receive a sign for your property and bring your efforts to the attention of your neighbors.
Our bed and breakfast operation near the North Fork of the Flathead River recently received NWF certification. It is an interesting and constructive way to make a difference!