Coral Springs Community Wildlife Habitat Program
Do you have room for this Screech Owl in your backyard?
In July of 2017, the City of Coral Springs successfully become one of the few cities in the nation to be recognized as a Community Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). This truly is an important community effort and achievement, which required the help of many people to be successful. One of the most important aspects of this certification process was to have 300 single family homes certified as Backyard Habitats by the NWF. Thanks to your efforts, the City has a total of 313 certified wildlife habitats.
Starting a Backyard Wildlife Habitat
The City of Coral Springs in concert with the Florida Wildlife Federation and the National Wildlife Federation, is offering all Florida residents an opportunity to continue to take part in the Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program. The goal is to promote and expand gardening for wildlife in Florida.
Created in 1973, the nationwide program has certified the gardening efforts of people at over 22,400 sites nationwide, including more than 725 schools, and hundreds of businesses and communities. Florida is one of the fastest growing states in America and our wildlife habitat is shrinking at an alarming rate. Each time a developer replaces undeveloped land with lots for dwellings or commercial activities, creatures that once lived on that land must find other space that will support their needs. In urban areas especially, pockets of terrain suitable for sustaining animal life will help to ameliorate this displacement.
Wildlife needs four basic elements: food, water, cover and a place to raise their young. These things can be accomplished on a piece of ground as small as three by eight feet. The method for planning for and providing these basic elements can be simple and inexpensive, or a s elaborate as the property owner chooses. A Backyard Wildlife Habitat site provide for wildlife the four basic elements needed for survival.
If you have questions regarding the Coral Springs certification program and how you can get involved, please call 954-344-1117 or visit the National Wildlife Federation website for Backyard Habitat application form at www.nwf.org/backyard.