I want to send a big CONGRATULATIONS to my friend Debbie.
She has provided the essential elements for a healthy and sustainable wildlife habitat in her own backyard, earning the National Wildlife Federation's Certified Wildlife Habitat™ program.
The following is a 37-second, super-cute video Debbie took of a little visitor playing around in her backyard habitat.
Click here to certify your yard. The five requirements include:
- Food Sources—For example: Native plants, seeds, fruits, nuts, berries, nectar
- Water Sources—For example: Birdbath, pond, water garden, stream
- Places for Cover—For example: Thicket, rockpile, birdhouse
- Places to Raise Young—For example: Dense shrubs, vegetation, nesting box, pond
- Sustainable Gardening—For example: Mulch, compost, rain garden, chemical-free fertilizer
The picture to the right is Debbie beside the 6-by-11-foot, 18-inch-deep fish pond that she and her husband built in their backyard last year.
The couple put a lot of work into the pond, digging about two tons of dirt from what would be the fish pond with just a shovel a some elbow grease. Then, they bought about three tons of river rock and handwashed each stone so the pond water wouldn’t be dirty. They lined the hole with a rubber liner and stacked the rocks one-by-one.
Great job, Debbie!