The Audubon at Home Wildlife Sanctuary Program (AAH) helps people create and maintain natural habitat (for birds, amphibians, reptiles and the insects that support them), around their homes and community space. Our own backyards provide an opportunity for conservation, even as natural habitat is decreasing. Key components of the program include conserving water, removing invasive plants, using native plants where appropriate, reducing the use of commercial fertilizers and pesticides, and providing habitat via shelter, water and food.
Interested parties can learn more by going to Audubon’s website and requesting a site visit. An Audubon “Ambassador” will walk with you through your yard looking at ways to enhance its wildlife value.
Over time, participating households monitor changes in their property and observe the use of their gardens by different species. Once at least 10 sanctuary species, identified from an AAH-provided list of more than 30 key species, have been observed, one’s property can be certified as a Home Wildlife Sanctuary. There’s a nice sign you can choose to purchase for your garden by way of outreach to your neighbors.
Please consider having a site visit to your property, and spending this next year observing how wildlife uses our property. AAH Ambassadors would love to walk through your yard with you and discuss your habitat enhancement ideas.
Additionally, there are VCE service hours available to Master Gardeners who become Ambassadors and make site visits to share their expertise. If you’re interested in participating, contact with Alda Krinsman or Alyssa Ford Morel.
If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services, or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Arlington County Cooperative Extension five days prior to the event at 703-228-6400 or *TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours (8:00 am–5:00 pm) to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.