Will Benton County Be Oregon’s First Community Wildlife Habitat?

By Donna Schmitz | April 11, 2014
bee © R. Schmitz
Bees play are important pollinators and their needs should be considered in your garden plans. © R. Schmitz


The Benton Soil and Water Conservation District has joined the community effort to become Oregon’s first Certified Community Wildlife Habitat.  We invite you to join the Backyard Wildlife Connections Team in achieving this goal. In order for Benton County to be certified, we need 200 backyards, six common areas, and five schools to register with the National Wildlife Federation. Here’s how you can help:

TRANSFORM your outdoor space into wildlife friendly habitat by providing these four basic elements (it’s easy!):  Food – Water – Cover – Places to raise young

GET CERTIFIED by visiting www.nwf.org/gardenforwildlife and registering your habitat*. Whether you register or not, this site gives helpful tips for transforming your yard into a wildlife-friendly place. (*$20.00 application fee to NWF)

BENEFITS for wildlife and YOU!

Upon certification of your wildlife habitat you will receive:

  • A personalized certificate including your name and the name of your wildlife habitat
  • A one-year membership to NWF which includes subscription to National Wildlife magazine
  • A subscription to Wildlife Online – Habitats newsletter
  • Inclusion in NWF’s national Registry of Habitats
  • Inclusion toward Benton County’s certification as Oregon’s FIRST Community Wildlife Habitat by NWF

Check out the Oregon Outdoors story on the backyard wildlife habitat certification program.

hummingbird © R. Schmitz
Some hummingbirds, like this one, live in Benton County year-round! © R. Schmitz

About the Author

Donna Schmitz

Donna has over 25 years of experience in natural resource management. Currently she assists Benton County landowners who seek solutions to reduce soil erosion, improve water quality and wildlife habitat.

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