The National Wildlife Federation has recognized Diane Tegarden and Wade Webb of Pasadena who have successfully created an official Certified Wildlife Habitat site.
Tegarden and Webb created a garden space that improves habitat for birds, butterflies, frogs and other wildlife by providing essential elements needed by all wildlife – natural food sources, clean water, cover and places to raise young.
“Providing a home for wildlife in our communities – whether it’s at home, or in schools, businesses or parks – is the demonstration of a healthy and active ecosystem. There is no more rewarding way to stay connected to nature right outside your door,” said David Mizejewski, naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation.
“We believe in the preservation of natural spaces and habitat and love watching the hummingbirds, blue jays, mockingbirds, crows, wild green parrots and tiny brown birds. There are also lots of butterflies and bees that come to our backyard to feed and prosper,” Tegarden said. “We have designed our yard to encourage local wildlife, including opossums, raccoons and squirrels to make their homes in the thirteen huge trees we have on the property. The animals have eucalyptus, Norfolk pine, two peach trees, an avocado tree, a palm, several oaks and a variety of shade trees that provide food, shelter and shade.
“I hand water our organic garden to keep water consumption at a minimum, making our yard a haven for the declining bee and butterfly populations,” Tegarden said.
NWF’s Certified Wildlife Habitat program has been helping people take personal action on behalf of wildlife for more than 40 years. The program engages homeowners, businesses, schools, churches, parks and other institutions that want to make their communities wildlife-friendly.
This new certified habitat joins NWF’s roll of more than 150,000 certified habitats nationwide. Wildlife habitats are important to year-round wildlife residents as well as species that migrate, such as some birds and butterflies. Each habitat is unique for both beauty and function.