On our recent stay in NYC we spotted many areas bearing a sign ”Certified Wildlife Habitat”. We found out that this is a certification by the National Wildlife Association. The idea behind the certification is to create habitat for wildlife and to restore local environments. As the NWA website states, A Certified Wildlife Habitat garden provides:
- Food – ”Native plants provide nectar, seeds, nuts, fruits, berries, foliage, pollen and insects eaten by an exciting variety of wildlife. Feeders can supplement natural food sources.”
- Water – ”All animals need water to survive and some need it for bathing or breeding as well.”
- Cover – ”Wildlife needs places to find shelter from bad weather and places to hide from predators or stalk prey.”
- Places to raise young – ”Wildlife needs resources to reproduce and keep their species going. Some species have totally different habitat needs in their juvenile phase than they do as adults.”
- Sustainable practices -”How you manage your garden can have an effect on the health of the soil, air, water and habitat for native wildlife as well as the human community.”
These features are very similar to what we are trying to achieve with the Nature Cots. It is nice that the features are stated very clearly so that everyone will understand the basic needs of wildlife. Maybe we should have something like this in Finland too?