Establishing Wildlife Habitat

Wildlife habitat continues its downward spiral but you can make a difference right in your own backyard! 

Construction and development cause a loss of habitat, and native species of plants and wildlife are facing tougher climate conditions as the Earth warms. Some states no longer have a favorable climate for their official State tree or flower. And the news keeps coming daily of more and more 500-year storms (Did you know that Houston, TX, has had 3, 500-year floods in the last 3 years?!)

But there is hope, and you are the solution! We all need to do something right now to make a difference, no matter how big or small. And the good news is gardening can help…

Gardeners play an important role in creating habitat, and reducing climate change. Conservation practices are not new to gardeners, but they are made even more important now given the inevitability of climate change.  Aside from being smart with your water consumption, saying NO to pesticides and chemicals, and reducing your use of carbon-rich natural resources (i.e. gasoline for your car), Earthdance Organics can help you create an oasis that takes care of our fragile environment. Do not fret if you have a small space. Container gardening is a suitable substitute for a large yard.

Watch the birds and other wildlife in your own yard. Native plants are not only sustainable for bees, but they attract different bird species to your garden. A wonderful website; http://audubon.org/native-plants. Just pop in your zip code, and it gives you the best native plants for your area that will provide food and habitat for our bird friends. Healthy fact: watching and listening to birds is proven to calm, and bring down blood pressure in humans! Did you know that the State Bird for Washington State is the American Goldfinch? What a beautiful bird…

Megumi Aita/Audubon Photography Awards

Children need to play outside, and connect with wildlife. Digging in the dirt and creating habitat for wildlife strengthens our children’s growth. Let us not forget the essentials of what nature teaches our children (and adults); respect, compassion, nurturing and peace to name a few. Nature is a gift for young and old, and what an awesome honor to be stewards of this gift!

As a habitat steward, Earthdance Organics can help you get certified! Once you have the 4 essentials for wildlife; food, water, cover and places to raise young, you are eligible for a Certified Wildlife Habitat certificate, and a beautiful outdoor sign to proudly display in your yard from the National Wildlife Federation–the largest conservation organization in America.

The following is an article about gardening for climate change from the National Wildlife Federation’s website; http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/National Wildlife/Gardening/Archives/2014/Gardening-for-Climate-Change.aspx.

Thank you for being part of the solution!

“WHEN ONE SITS IN THE HOOP OF THE PEOPLE ONE MUST BE RESPONSIBLE BECAUSE ALL OF CREATION IS RELATED. AND THE HURT OF ONE IS THE HURT OF ALL. AND THE HONOR OF ONE IS THE HONOR OF ALL. AND WHATEVER WE DO EFFECTS EVERYTHING IN THE UNIVERSE.”    —NATIVE AMERICAN PRAYER

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