Creating & Managing a Certified Wildlife Habitat May 1, 2012 14:40

Close up of the Anna Pell House American Bullfrog

American Bullfrog in the Anna Pell House pond

I gave the attached PowerPoint presentation, "Creating & Managing a Certified Wildlife Habitat:  The Challenges & Joys of Gardening With and For Nature via National Wildlife Federation Guidelines", this past week at Newport in Bloom's 30th Anniversary annual Spring Gardening Workshop which was a part of Newport Arboretum Week.

I have included my notes from the presentation here in the following paragraphs to further illuminate the subject.

Why is it important to do this?  Many people equate wildlife habitats with large land tracts such as national parks, public spaces or African game reserves.  There is a tremendous loss of green space in built-up urban environments and small size plots such as household gardens, rooftop gardens, patios and even porch gardens become important.  An economy of scale can be created with numerous small habitats and wildlife corridors can be formed in the urban environment.  The collection of these small habitats evolves into sustainable gardening practices on a much larger scale which can have a potentially significant positive environmental impact.  Continue reading