- E-Magazine Feb.2, 2010 as Suburban Habitat Restoration
- Fullerton Observer July 2009, page 20
- Santa Monica Daily Press as Creating Refuge One Backyard at a Time, June 11, 2009 (pdf, page 4)
- Orange Coast Voice as Saving Wildlife Habitat, September 2008, page 11
- Southern Sierran, July 2008
Suburban Habitat Restoration: One Backyard at a Time
by Sarah S. Mosko, Ph.D.
Whether you fret over dwindling rainforests or attribute disappearance of neighborhood cats to displaced coyotes, most of us recognize loss of wildlife habitats as a growing environmental concern.
As an alternative to hand-wringing, the National Wildlife Federation offers ordinary citizens the means to take action by establishing a Certified Wildlife Habitat in their own backyard. It’s not only enjoyable but very easy. I know because I did it in a matter of weeks despite starting out a gardening illiterate unable to name one in ten plants in my own yard.
Here’s how the program works. A yard has to qualify in all five areas outlined below, but each offers a wide range of options and only one to three is required per category. Then there’s a two-page checklist to fill out – works on the honor system – and a $15 processing fee. That’s it.