The habitat program

Natural habitats in home gardens

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  • Sign identifies Sunset's editorial test garden in Menlo Park, California, as a certified wildlife habitat. Seed and nectar plants keep birds and butterflies happy here.

    The habitat program

    Thomas J. Story

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How to certify your garden

For details about backyard wildlife habitats and the certification process, order the National Wildlife Federation's booklet, Wildlife Habitat Planning Guide for Backyards and Beyond ($14.95, including shipping. NWF, Backyard Wildlife Habitat, 11100 Wildlife Center Dr., Reston, VA 20190; 585/461-3092). To apply for certification, request an application by mail from the NWF, or download one here. To help the certification process, include the following with your application:

Snapshots, which allow the naturalist-reviewers to see what's described in the application

Common names of plants and animals in your garden

The wildlife food and water that your garden supplies in each season


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