Hi from Toni & Marc, National Wildlife Federation Habitat Ambassadors!
Hope you are enjoying signs of spring. We are having our annual ‘Parade of Certified Wildlife Gardens’ on Sunday, June 28. If you have a certified yard in Worthington that you would like to show or if you would like to volunteer to help host a yard (greet people, hand out fliers), please email back. Hours are 10-1 and/or 1-4.
It’s fun and easy to get certified. Requirements are: 3 forms of Food (berries, seeds, etc), 1 form of Water (bird bath counts), 2 forms of Cover (bushy areas, etc), 2 Places to raise young (trees, host plants, etc) and 2 forms of Sustainable Gardening Practices (controlling exotic species, organic practices, conservation, etc). You can download the application as a .pdf to find out more about the requirements or certify online at www.nwf.org/certify.
In 1972, US Foresters from Massachusetts discovered that you could effectively scale down a habitat to a small area. It doesn’t take a large space in your yard to make an effective habitat. If neighbors join together, you can earn a Certified Wildlife Community. The City of Dublin has earned enough points to be qualified for official registration. We hope to see more cities going greener! Ohio website: www.backyardhabitat.info
+ National Wildlife Presentations: – Thurs, 3/7, 7-9pm, Certify Your Backyard! Old Worthington Library, Meeting Room, 820 High St , Worthington, 43085, sponsored by Library – Mon, 3/23, 7-8:30pm Beautify Your Backyard! Grandview Heights Library, Meeting Room, 1685 W. First Ave, Columbus 43212, sponsored by Grandview Garden Club
+ Toni’s latest nature article:
- ‘Buy for Ohio Birds’ (Indicators of our air quality) Click below, then click on February-March, 2009 and go to Page 8 http://www.columbusaudubon.org/newsletter/SS_2009_FebMar.pdf
+ Nature ‘Stuff’
- Sat, 3/14, 10am Attracting Birds to your garden with Native Plants, Tom Sheley, Sharon Wood Spring Hollow Lodge, 1069 W Main St, Westerville, scroll down at http://www.for-wild.org/chapters/columbus/ – Weds, 5/6, 7pm – Dr Jaret Daniels, “Butterflies of Ohio’ guide author, will speak at Cox Arboretum MetroPark, 6733 Springboro Pike, reservations requested, walk-ins welcome, see www.metroparks.org – Fri-Sun, 5/1-5/3 -Paul Knoop, Ian Adams, Guy Denny and Dr. Jaret Daniels, author of Butterflies of Ohio, Shawnee State Park, special discounted lodge and cabin rates, see www.flora-quest.com