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National Wildlife Federations certifies new wildlife habitat at Spratley Gifted Center
National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization, is pleased to recognize that the Spratley Gifted Center has successfully created a Certified Wildlife Habitat® through its Garden for Wildlife program. NWF celebrates the efforts of the Spratley Gifted Center to create a garden space that improves habitat for birds, butterflies, frogs and other wildlife by providing essential elements needed by all wildlife – natural food sources, clean water, cover and places to raise young. Certification also makes the Certified Wildlife Habitat® part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, a national effort to restore critical habitat for pollinators.
“We are so excited to have another passionate wildlife gardener join us and create a Certified Wildlife Habitat. Over the last 40 years, nearly 200,000 wildlife gardeners have joined NWF’s Garden for Wildlife movement and helped restore wildlife habitat right in their own yards and neighborhoods,” said David Mizejewski, naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation. “Whether you garden in a suburban yard, an apartment balcony or a 10-acre farm, a schoolyard or a business park, or anything in between, everyone can create a home for local wildlife. Turning your space into a Certified Wildlife Habitat is fun, easy and makes a big difference for neighborhood wildlife,” he added.
The Spratley Gifted Center’s habitat consists of over 100 native plants that will attract many types of butterflies, birds, and insects. The students planted and harvested fall crops in their learning gardens and are looking forward to planting more this spring. They are in the process of adding a picket fence with arbors, a weather station, and a pond. Students will be able to create field investigations and connect with nature in the habitat area.
“The students have been very passionate regarding every aspect of creating our schoolyard habitat,” said Michele Ferrel, fourth grade teacher and sponsor of the Ecology Club at Spratley. “Students are reconnecting with nature and becoming great stewards of our environment.”
NWF’s Garden for Wildlife program encourages responsible gardening that helps pollinators and other wildlife thrive. It encourages planting with native species like milkweed and discouraging chemical pesticide use. With nearly 200,000 locations and growing, NWF’s Certified Wildlife Habitats and Community Wildlife Habitats recognize individuals, schools, groups and whole communities committed to providing habitat for wildlife, including pollinators. Each of the nearly 200,000 certified locations provides food, water, cover and places to raise young. This makes yards, schools, businesses, places of worship, campuses, parks, farms and other community-based landscapes into wildlife sanctuaries. For more information on gardening for wildlife and details on how an entire community can become certified, visit www.nwf.org/habitat or call 1-800-822-9919.
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