About Operation Habitat
The City Of Plantation is on a mission to increase awareness and support for the value of water conservation, environmental stewardship and education about providing habitats for the little critters that share our earth through “operation habitat”.
You can actively help in your City’s efforts to become a National Wildlife Federation (NFW) certified Community Wildlife Habitat. We need 200 residences, five schools and six workplace/common areas to become certified by the NWF as wildlife habitats.
If you qualify – and most do – the NWF will officially certify your property as a backyard or schoolyard or common area habitat, and the City Of Plantation will be credited with points towards our goal of becoming a nationally recognized community wildlife habitat.
You will receive a wildlife habitat certification number and a year’s subscription to National Wildlife magazine from the National Wildlife Federation.
Call the NWF at 800-822-9919 with questions, or certify online at www.nwf.org/bwh.
Create a Habitat
Chances are that if you’ve got a home or place of business, then you probably already have a wildlife habitat and just don’t know it. Even if you don’t have a natural passion for horticulture, you can create an interesting, relaxing oasis to watch the energetic birds and butterflies on just a little spit of land. By creating landscaped islands and natural corridors of plants, you will be invited to the out-of-doors oasis of calm that will fill your senses – and you will be doing your part to help support the little critters that share our earth.
Just like us, all critters have needs:
Put out a bird feeder and fill it with sunflower seed, or plant a shrub with berries and flowers for birds, butterflies and small animals. Provide food in the form of foliage or flowers that you are willing to have eaten by larval butterflies (caterpillars) or adult butterflies. Nectar, fleshy fruit and berries, nuts and acorns are all treats for wildlife.
Even a small water feature or puddle area will be used by wildlife. Bird Baths and Fountains – empty and clean every few days to prevent mosquito breeding and bacterial contamination. Simply scrub with a brush. No soap or bleach please!
- Canals and Streams
- Lakes and Wetlands
- Water Gardens and Ponds
Shrubs – Ahhhh! A shady spot for wildlife to sit and rest
Trees – provide a bird’s eye view of the world
Ground Cover – snakes and worms enjoy sliding under the cool cover
Log Pile – a natural hang-out for lizards and such
Rock Pile/Wall – insects love rock climbing and spelunking
Meadow – butterflies like some wide-open spaces
- SFWMD Water Conservation
- South Florida Water Management District
- Florida Irrigation Society
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Compost – tree leaves and grass clippings are free fertilizer!
- Drip or Soaker Hoses – an inexpensive solution to help establish plants
- Organic Practices
- Reduce lawn areas – grass lawns require the most water in a landscape
- Xeriscape – native shrubs, plants, and trees require less care to remain healthy: www.afnn.org
Connect with Nature
- Educate Children
- Create an Outdoor Explore Classroom
- Creative Activities
- Put away the fertilizer
- Plant Native Species
- Learn about Butterflies
- Learn about Birds: ABC Birds and Audubon Society of Florida
- Learn about Amphibians
- Garden for Wildlife
- Shade Brigade
- NWF Wildlife Steward program
- Waterway Cleanup
- Ocean Cleanup
- Plant For Tomorrow
- Fun Links