Thursday, May 6, 2010

Certify your Own Yard as a Wildlife Habitat

Do you have a passion for gardening? Do you have a passion for conserving natural habitat for our local wildlife?

Then here's how you can have fun, reconnect with nature, educate your children, and be part of supporting Sammamish as a certified Community Wildlife Habitat.

A Community Wildlife Habitat is a community that provides habitat for wildlife throughout the community - in individual backyards, on school grounds, and in public areas such as parks, places of worship, and businesses - creating a place where residents, flora and fauna can all flourish.

Join your fellow Sammamish residents in certifying your own backyard as a wildlife habitat, and be recognized for creating havens for our local wildlife
. The certification process involves a simple online survey, and at the end of the survey you can conveniently pay the $20 certification fee (that covers the cost of a one year membership with the National Wildlife Federation) and choose from a range of yard signs to proudly display in your yard!

CLICK HERE to certify your own Backyard Wildlife Habitat today!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Our Local Public Wildlife Habitats

In late 2009, both the City of Sammamish Parks & Recreation Department and the Sammamish Plateau Water & Sewer District completed the certification of numerous sites as Certified Wildlife Habitats with the National Wildlife Federation, leading the way for other property owners (such as businesses, golf courses and places of workship) to follow their example.

Eight of our nine City Parks are now Certified Wildlife Habitats, adding a total of 393 acres, including:

- Pine Lake Park
- Beaver Lake Park
- Beaver Lake Preserve
- Bill Reams East Sammamish Park
- Ebright Creek Park
- Sammamish Commons
- Illahee trail
- Evans Creek Preserve

The Sammamish Plateau Water & Sewer District's headquarters office site and four of their well sites are also now Certified Wildlife Habitats, adding close to 20 acres. Wildlife observed at the District office include black-tailed deer, coyotes, a variety of birds (including mallards, California quail, red-breasted sapsuckers, pileated woodpeckers, rufuous-sided towhees, juncos and chickadees), as well as reptiles, amphibians, butterflies and other insects.

Photo credit: Janet Sailer