A Community Wildlife Habitat is a community that provides habitat for wildlife throughout the community--in individual backyards, on school grounds and in public areas such as parks, community gardens, places of worship and businesses. It is a place where the residents make it a priority to provide habitat for wildlife by providing the four basic elements that all wildlife need: food, water, cover and places to raise young. The community also educates its residents about sustainable gardening practices such as reducing or eliminating chemical fertilizers and pesticides, conserving water, planting native plants, removing invasive plants and composting. It hosts workshops about gardening for wildlife, and holds community events such as stream or trail cleanups to make the community healthier for wildlife and people alike. A Community Wildlife Habitat project creates a place where people, flora and fauna can all flourish.
To maintain Kirkland's certification, the Kirkland Wildlife Habitat Team is required to participate in community projects and educational events, and to get additional homes, schools, churches, businesses, and parks certified.
For most residences with a reasonable amount and variety of vegetation other than lawn, certification is not difficult and can involve little or no cost, other than a small certification fee that provides you with a certificate and a year’s membership in the National Wildlife Federation, including a subscription to “National Wildlife” magazine.
Please review the Backyard Habitat Certification information, and note the simple requirements for Food, Water, Cover and Places to Raise Young. If you want to see the detailed requirements before signing in on the third web page, click "Habitat Elements" before clicking "Ready? Certify Now". The “water” requirement can be met with an inexpensive or home-made birdbath.
The above online link allows you to certify instantly with just the National Wildlife Federation for $20. To certify jointly with the NWF and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, please call John or Beth at (425) 889-9507 and request a special form. This option costs $25, has additional "sustainable gardening" requirements, but it also provides you with a weatherproof certification plaque that you can display in your yard.
To learn about habitat attributes and how to create them, read the Attracting Wildlife Flyer. To view a list of native plants for this area, together with their growing conditions and the wildlife they attract, read the Native Plant List Flyer.
If you successfully certify your yard, please notify out Project Team firstname.lastname@example.org