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Backyard Habitat Education for Residents
The backyard wildlife habitat education program educate residents about how to create habitat for wildlife in their space - be it a large yard, row home or balcony. This program will help participants understand the role that yards and gardens can collectively play as habitat for wildlife, and will show how to make these spaces more attractive for birds, butterflies and many other types of wildlife.
The District of Columbia has many parks and natural areas where wildlife can flourish and where residents and visitors can go to experience nature. Although these places are abundant in the District, our native plants and animals are living in a changed landscape. Long ago, when the land in the District was undeveloped, forests, marshes and meadows dominated a landscape that is now occupied by buildings, pavement and exotic plants.
Since it is already a densely populated area, there are few places where new parks or green space can be created. Additionally, the habitat that is available to wildlife, in parks like Rock Creek, Watts Branch, Fort DuPont and the C&O Canal, is becoming less suitable for wildlife as invasive species continue to spread.
We hope to help property owners create good wildlife habitat, create aesthetically pleasing gardens and build community. The program includes educational hands-on workshops that started in spring 2009 and a backyard certification program that began in 2011.
This program will help to implement the DC Wildlife Action Plan by reducing threats to wildlife and increasing wildlife habitat on private land in the city.
More information about backyard wildlife habitat can be found ot Audubon At Home, the National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat Program, and the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council.