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"Today's challenges to our natural world are out-pacing wildlife's natural ability to adapt. Global warming, the loss of habitats, and the increasing disconnect of people from nature are creating a perfect storm of weakened natural systems, human-caused climate disruptions, and growing public apathy. National Wildlife Federation's vision is to restore the balance of nature and protect wildlife for our children's future."
A Plan to Restore America's Wildlife, NWF

Get Wild About Piedmont!

On October 2, 2013, Piedmont became the first community in the state of Oklahoma to be designated by the National Wildlife Federation as a Community Wildlife Habitat. A Community Wildlife Habitat is a community that provides habitats for a variety of wildlife throughout the city - in individual backyards, at businesses and places of worship, on farms, and in public areas such as parks and community gardens. It is a place where residents make it a priority to provide habitats for wildlife by providing the four basic elements that all wildlife need - food, water, cover and places to raise young - and use wildlife-friendly gardening techniques. We invite you to meet the five basic elements and certify your backyard or business also!

If you live in Piedmont it is likely that you already meet most, if not all, of the following requirements for certifying your property as a wildlife habitat:

1 source of water such as a birdbath, stream, lake, seasonal pool, rain garden, water garden or pond, or a butterfly puddling area.

3 sources of food such as a plant with seeds, nuts, pollen, nectar, berries, sap, fruits, foliage or twigs, suet, bird feeder, squirrels feeder, hummingbird feeder, or butterfly feeder.

2 places for cover such as a wooded area, dense shrubs or thicket, evergreens, meadow or prairie, ground cover, bramble patch, brush or log pile, rock pile or wall, water garden or pond, roosting box, burrow, or a cave.

2 places to raise young such as mature trees, dead trees or snags, dense shrubs or thicket, a meadow or prairie, water garden or pond, wetland, roosting box, burrow or cave, host plants for caterpillars.

2 sustainable gardening practices (at least one practice from two of the three categories)
a)   soil and water conservation:     limit water use, drip or soaker hose for irrigation, mulch, rain garden, capture rain water from roof, reduce erosion, xeriscape / water-wise landscaping, riparian buffer
b)   control exotic species:     use native plants, remove non-native plants and animals, practice integrated pest management, reduce lawn areas
c)   organic practices:     compost, eliminate chemical pesticides, eliminate chemical fertilizers.

Certification is a simple process. Go to www.nwf.org/certifiedwildlifehabitat to complete the online application form. (Information you provide on your application is not made public.)

In return for the $20 application fee, you will receive a personalized certificate suitable for framing, and a full year's membership in National Wildlife Federation which includes a subscription to National Wildlife magazine, a subscription to the NWF's e-newsletter Wildlife Online, and 10% off NWF catalog merchandise.

If you received a ladybug with seeds, click here for more information.

photos by Louise C. Basham

Wild About Piedmont     -     Piedmont's Community Wildlife Habitat Project
phone: 405 202 3984     -     email: habitat@piedmont-ok.com