The City of Pembroke Pines has been certified as Community Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation Opens a New Window. (www.nwf.org). To maintain this certification, the City needs residents, businesses, and educational facilities to certify their properties as wildlife habitats. As of December 2022; 132 homes, 33 government properties, 12 businesses, and 39 educational facilities have been registered as wildlife habitats.
Whether you have a single-family home, a condominium balcony, HOA common area, or a 5-acre farm, you can create a garden that attracts wildlife and certify your home as a Certified Wildlife Habitat Opens a New Window. . Creating a wildlife habitat garden to attract birds, butterflies, and other neighborhood wildlife is fun, rewarding, and makes a big difference. It’s easier than you might think.
Here is what your wildlife garden should include:
- Provide Food: Native plants provide food eaten by a variety of wildlife. Feeders can supplement natural food sources.
- Provide Water: All animals need water to survive, and some need it for bathing or breeding as well.
- Create Cover: Wildlife need places to take shelter from bad weather and places to hide from predators or hunt for prey.
- Give Wildlife a Place to Raise Young: Wildlife need resources to reproduce and to protect and nourish their young.
- Sustainable Practices: Maintain your yard or garden in natural ways to ensure soil, air, and water stay healthy and clean.