What's a Certified Wildlife Habitat®?
The Certified Wildlife Habitat® was developed by the National Wildlife Federation, the nation's leading conservation organization to create a haven for local birds, butterflies and other wildlife. The initial findings from studies of certified habitats across the country demonstrate that wildlife gardening, if adopted on a wider scale, can help boost biodiversity: the variety of life that gives ecosystems their resiliency.
How You're Helping Wildlife
Rapid and large-scale changes to our lands and waters mean wildlife are losing the habitats they once knew. Private residential property makes up approximately one-third of the urban landscape and studies show that the impact of wildlife gardening is substantial. Every habitat garden is a step toward replenishing resources for wildlife such as bees, butterflies, birds, and amphibians—both locally and along migratory corridors.
Certified Wildlife Habitat® yards must meet certain standards in order to make a difference.Design Now
Native plants provide food eaten by a variety of wildlife. Feeders can supplement natural food sources.
All animals need water to survive, and some need it for bathing or breeding as well.
Wildlife need places to take shelter from bad weather to hide from predators or hunt for prey.
Places to Raise Young
Wildlife need resources to reproduce, and to protect and nourish their young.
Maintain your yard or garden in natural ways to ensure soil, air, and water stay healthy and clean.
Download a list of the requirements to understand what it takes to have your yard meet the requirements for your wildlife garden.Download list
The Certification Process
When you opt to have Tilly create a Certified Wildlife Habitat® for your yard, your designer will make sure your final landscape design plan meets all of the program requirements. National Wildlife Federation will then reach out to offer additional membership benefits, compliments of Tilly.
What You Get From Certification
If you opt into the National Wildlife Federation's program after you receive your certification, you will become a member of the National Wildlife Federation's Garden for Wildlife™ community and receive the following benefits:
A one-year membership to the National Wildlife Federation and subscription to National Wildlife® magazine
10% off the National Wildlife Federation catalog merchandise, including nesting boxes, feeders, birdbaths, and other items to enhance your wildlife garden
Subscription to monthly Garden for Wildlife e-newsletter with gardening tips, wildlife stories, and other resources
Exclusive option to purchase garden signs designating your garden as a Certified Wildlife Habitat® with the National Wildlife Federation
Learn more about the impact wildlife gardens can make on the National Wildlife Federation's website.