Due to habitat destruction, urban sprawl, climate change, pollution etc. wildlife habitat is quickly diminishing. In Washington, we currently have 46 species listed as endangered, threatened, or sensitive, and another 71 are listed as candidates. This list includes iconic wildlife species such as salmon, golden eagles, and several species of whales that visit our area. While this is disheartening, we as gardeners can affect positive change right in our own yards!
Gardeners have the power to create habitat by planting the right plants in the right place. We can make smart choices with our water consumption, and most importantly we can choose to manage our piece of the Puget Sound without the use of chemicals or pesticides. Even if outdoor space is limited to an apartment porch, container gardening provides an important respite for pollinators and other beneficials moving through urban areas. As a bonus, we get to create a sanctuary for ourselves too!
If you’re looking for resources on what to plant, the Audubon Society has a wonderful program to find native plants. Simply pop in your zip code for a list of plants that provide food and habitat for our bird & bug friends. Our Resources page also has lists for gardening tips and plant choices.
Healthy fact: watching and listening to birds is proven to calm the mind and bring down blood pressure in people. By engaging with wildlife we remind ourselves of a few of nature’s essential lessons; respect, compassion, nurturing, reciprocity, and peace. By choosing organic methods and abstaining from synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, we can protect our soils and waterways, and therefore protect wildlife habitat. Nature is a gift for young and old, and what an awesome honor it is to be stewards of this gift!
Thank you for being part of the solution and using the power of your garden for change. Be on the lookout for our blog on how to certify your space as wildlife habitat!
Need assistance going organic to restore wildlife habitat in your yard? Give us a call. We’d love to help.
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