Certify your yard as a Wildlife Habitat!
In 2016, a group of neighbors worked together to have Druid Hills certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a certified wildlife habitat. To achieve this designation, 125 homes and all 7 pocket parks in Druid Hills were certified in that initial year. In addition, several nature-supporting projects were completed and documented.
Wildlife certification of your yard is easy and rewarding!
It is done by completing an on-line checklist documenting how your yard/garden/porch provides wildlife food, water, shelter, and places to raise young. With our woods and streams, many of us fulfill these requirements naturally. There is a $20 application fee, and benefits include a one-year NWF membership and newsletter subscription plus discounts on garden merchandise. More info is here or contact Pam Woodley at firstname.lastname@example.org, 404-884-5283.
For Druid Hills to maintain this status, we need to have a certain number of new properties self-certified as having the four elements needed to support wildlife:
We also need to document a certain number of supportive neighborhood projects, which is always easy in Druid Hills because we are such a nature-focused community! Our park workdays, native plant sale, Trees Atlanta partnership, newsletter articles on pollinator gardens, and other events just have to be documented each year and we are re-upped for another year. We are grateful to live in a neighborhood that treasures its natural beauty so much.