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Gardening: Resources for enriching the plants and animals in your backyard.

Scavenger Hunt

Can you find the four elements of wildlife habitat in your yard?

Use this checklist to determine if your backyard could be certified as a haven for birds, butterflies and other wildlife by providing the five elements that wildlife need survive. Simply check off the elements as you see them in your yard!

1. Food for nourishment
__ Birdfeeder
__ Shrubs or trees that produce fruits, acorns, seeds or berries
__ Wildflowers that produce nectar
__ Healthy insect populations to feed birds and other wildlife

2. Water for drinking and bathing
__ Birdbath
__ Pond
__ Shallow dish

3. Cover to protect wildlife against the elements and predators
__ Densely branched shrubs
__ Hollow logs
__ Rock piles
__ Brush piles
__ Stone walls
__ Evergreens
__ Meadow grasses
__ Pond

4. Places to Raise Young
__ Mature trees or grassland areas
__ Host plants for caterpillars
__ Pond for amphibians
__ Brush or rock pile
__ Burrows or dens

In addition to the four habitat basics, it’s also important to use sustainable gardening practices.
__ Growing native vegetation
__ Minimizing chemical pesticides
__ Building healthy soil
__ Composting

Congratulations! If you checked boxes in each of the above categories, your yard could become a certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat site through National Wildlife Federation's Backyard Wildlife Habitat™ program. If you would like to learn more about how to get certified, please visit our website at or call us at 1-800-822-9919.