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Bits & Pieces: Welcoming wildlife to your backyard

Ann Welch ann4plus1@yahoo.com
Ann Welch ann4plus1@yahoo.com

National Wildlife Federation offers several ways to encourage wildlife to visit your yard and garden this spring. Butterflies returning from winter migration are looking for food sources and songbirds are on the lookout for nesting sites. Offering wildlife food, water, shelter, and places to raise their young will allow you to certify your garden as a Certified Wildlife Habitat with the NWF. When you create a peaceful refuge for neighborhood wildlife here are some of the things you can enjoy:

*New growth—it’s fun to see new buds on trees and this is welcoming to many species who use the plants for food and nesting materials.

*New life—Many mammals and birds have breeding seasons that coincide with warmer weather. Favorable weather and food abundance helps vulnerable young survive.

*Birds use trees as sites to attract mates, and frogs can be heard croaking from ponds as they return to lay eggs.

To certify your yard as a Wildlife Habitat contact the National Wildlife Federation. For the $20 application fee you will receive the following benefits:

*Personalized certificate;

*Listing in NWF’s National Registry of certified habitats;

*One year membership to NWF;

*6 bi-monthly issues of National Wildlife magazine

*Eligibility to purchase beautiful yard signs, and;

*Limited time offer: an insulated lunchbag.

The National Wildlife Federation is one of our country’s premier conservation organizations. The $20 application for the certification of your backyard habitat will help the NWF continue its important conservation and education efforts.

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