Every year we watch the cardinals and their babies at our bird feeders in the backyard. They have a nest somewhere close.
This spring we started a row of amazing flowers along the front edge of our yard. These are much more interesting than that strip of grass was. We've seen more birds, caterpillars and butterflies than we've ever seen in our yard. Little yellow finches nibbling at the flower seeds. Blue birds swoop through.
We use the worms from our yard to turn our kitchen scraps into compost and then turn that into the dirt in the flower beds and around the bushes.
We planted 2 peach trees, 2 apple trees, a fig tree, blueberries and even a pomegranate! Yum. So our awesome new shrubs and trees will feed us people too.
This summer we certified our yard with the National Wildlife Federation. When we read the qualifications, they seemed to be describing our place! A friend of ours nearby certified their yard a while ago and I always thought it would be cool to have our own certification number! We ordered the yard sign too.
nwf.org Garden-for-Wildlife - Create-a-Habitat
"creating a certified wildlife habitat to discovering wildlife in your neighborhood and sharing the findings, there are many ways you can make a difference."