Our property is a Certified Wildlife Habitat
Lisa and I are very proud that our 10-acre property in central New Jersey recently qualified as a certified wildlife habitat with The National Wildlife Foundation. It serves as an oasis for birds, butterflies, deer, wild turkeys, raccoons, rabbits, groundhogs, chipmunks, the occasional fox, and other creatures, fostering a harmonious relationship between us and wildlife.
One of my greatest joys everyday is observing and interacting with all the animals that call our property home.
To be a Certified Wildlife Habitat required the following elements:
Food: Native plants play a vital role in providing sustenance for a diverse range of wildlife. By incorporating flora indigenous to your region, you can ensure a steady supply of nourishment. Additionally, bird feeders and strategically placed food sources can supplement natural food availability, ensuring that animals are well-fed throughout the year.
Water: Water is a fundamental necessity for all living beings, and wildlife is no exception. A wildlife habitat should offer accessible sources of water, not only for drinking but also for other essential activities such as bathing and breeding. This can be achieved through the use of bird baths, shallow ponds, or even strategically positioned water features.
Cover: Just as humans seek shelter from inclement weather or hide from potential dangers, wildlife also requires safe havens. Incorporating various forms of cover, such as dense vegetation, brush piles, or even birdhouses, provides wildlife with protective spaces to weather storms, hide from predators, or hunt for prey.
Places to Raise Young: One of the most rewarding aspects of nurturing a certified wildlife habitat is witnessing the miracle of life as creatures reproduce and raise their young. To encourage this vital cycle, your habitat should offer resources like nesting boxes, dense shrubs, or even dedicated areas where animals can build their nests, lay eggs, or care for their offspring.
Sustainable Practices: An essential aspect of maintaining a thriving wildlife habitat is practicing sustainable techniques. By adopting environmentally-friendly approaches to yard or garden maintenance, you contribute to the preservation of healthy soils, clean air, and uncontaminated water. Avoiding harmful chemicals, implementing composting, and conserving water are just a few ways to ensure the long-term sustainability of your habitat.
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