Bee a Wildlife Action Hero, Garden for Wildlife
What's Your Vision of Wildlife Habitat?
The term “wildlife” traditionally refers to non-domesticated animal species. Now, according to Wikipedia the definition for “wildlife” has come to include “all plants, fungi and other organisms that grow or live wild in an area without being introduced by humans”.
Cause and Effect
We worry about some of our past gardening practices and the serious impacts they’ve had on our land, waterways, and our wildlife. We know that some chemicals we've used in our gardens can alter how children develop with life-long effects, cause our pets to be at twice the risk of developing malignant cancer, reduce hatching success and cause birth defects in our birds, and harm our earthworms and beneficial insects and pollinators. We know that runoff from rain and watering adds to contamination of our groundwater and watersheds. We know that wildlife native habitats are decreasing at an alarming rate.
We’re gardeners and we keep beautiful yards and landscapes that our friends and neighbors love to visit. And, we take great pride in our specimens that win those coveted blue ribbons! But, it’s equally important to remember that we have an obligation to our “wildlife”; to protect their environment and increase their habitat so that they can thrive and prosper.
With this in mind, we’re asking every NGC member and guest to “Bee a Wildlife Action Hero, Garden for Wildlife” Help gather your clubs, friends and associates and encourage them to Commit to Garden for Wildlife. Show them the way in your own backyard, and also in your public places and with your Junior Gardeners at their homes and schools! Practice sustainable gardening, and provide food, water, cover, and a place for wildlife and pollinators to raise their young.
Because of NGC’s prominent reputation along with the strength of our membership, we’ve been invited to be an Inaugural Network Partner of the National Pollinator Garden Network and The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. These are awesome programs to support our pollinators and their critical role in the health of our environment.
For more information, contact
Becky Hassebroek, Chairman: Bee a Wildlife Action Hero, Garden for Wildlife