Sustainable spaces: The backyard

Life in the outdoors is the best.

That’s why when we’re at home, we spend most of our time in the backyard, which is also a Certified Wildlife Habitat®.

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As part of the Certified Wildlife Habitat®, chickadees and blue birds will nest, hatch and fledge in the same bird box (pictured above), one after the other.

The National Wildlife Federation has an easy way for those who wish to turn their yards or gardens into a Certified Wildlife Habitat®.

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Great places to sit and watch “nature TV”

We worked hard to create a yard that served as a welcoming space for flowers, birds and animals. Watching our garden is like watching “nature TV” because you can sit on the porch and observe nature unconditionally. It’s been a delight to watch a sunflower grow as tall as the roof, as well as listened to chickadees and blue birds, who will nest, hatch and fledge in the same bird box, one after the other.

WATCH a video of the stream.

Birds aren't the only animals seen in the backyard; turtles enjoy the protected habitat, too.
Birds aren’t the only animals seen in the backyard; turtles enjoy the protected habitat, too.

Examples of other species we see are:

Flora

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Talk about tall!
  • Purple coneflower
  • Mahonia
  • Butterfly bush
  • Black eye susies
  • Stick verbena (a favorite of the goldfinches)
  • Lantana
  • Fig

Birds

  • Cardinal
  • Blue bird
  • Carolina chickadee
  • Robin
  • Goldfinch
  • Ruby throated hummingbird
  • Sparrow
  • Wren
  • Coopers hawk
  • Red wing hawk
  • Crow
  • Nuthatch
  • Was delighted to spot a pileated woodpecker and indigo bunting
Butterflies & Moths
  • Monarch
  • Black swallowtail
  • Yellow swallowtail
  • Hummingbird moth

Interested in registering your backyard as a Certified Wildlife Habitat®? Want to gift the outdoors person in your life a certificate for their backyard habitat? Check out more at the National Wildlife Federation.

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