Allen’s backyard designated as an official wildlife habitat

Allen's backyard designated as an official wildlife habitat Sharon Allen of Vermillion has put out the welcome mat for all kinds of birds, butterflies, and other wildlife, while helping to protect the local environment.

The Allen property is now certified as a National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Backyard Wildlife HabitatTM site.

Joining more than 28,000 property owners in the U.S. and Canada, Allen is providing habitat by cultivating trees, shrubs, and flowers that offer food and cover for wildlife, thus attracting butterflies, birds, frogs, and small mammals. This effort promotes common-sense conservation by reducing or eliminating the need for fertilizers, pesticides, or irrigation water.

Allen, a master gardener, writes The Garden Corner column for the Plain Talk.

The Backyard Wildlife Habitat program offers individuals, families and organizations an easy and enjoyable introduction to nature that can yield a lifelong commitment to conservation. It is one of many NWF efforts to educate, inspire, and assist people in protecting wildlife and the environment.

Since the program's start in 1973, Backyard Wildlife Habitat sites have sprouted in urban, suburban and rural sites everywhere, from post offices, schools, and places of worship, to hospitals, community park, and municipal facilities. The majority can be found at residential properties like the Allen yard.

Easy step-by-step instructions on how to create a Backyard Wildlife Habitat site may be ordered with Visa or MasterCard by calling (716) 461-3092 or by sending a check (payable to the National Wildlife Federation) to NWF � Backyard Habitat Program, 11100 Wildlife Center Drive, Reston, VA 20190. The cost of the packet is $12.95 (including shipping and handling) plus any applicable state and local taxes. For general information on the program, please visit its web site at www.nwf.org/habitats/ or call (703) 438-6100.

Backyard Wildlife Habitat information packets are also available at all 200-plus Wild Birds Unlimited stores in the U.S. and Canada. The Backyard Bird Feeding Specialists at Wild Birds Unlimited can help property owners meet the qualifications to certify their property as an official National Wildlife Federation Backyard Wildlife Habitat site. For locations, visit www.wbu.com.

The nation's largest member-supported conservation group, the National Wildlife Federation unites people from all walks of life to protect nature.

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