Pollinators of all kinds are suffering a worldwide decline due to habitat loss, pesticides, invasive species, and other pressures. These pollinators play a critical role in sustaining plants and other wildlife by allowing plants to reproduce. Pollinators not only increase the quality of life for plants, but for humans too. Creating habitats for them is an important step in keeping them around.
Citizens’ Greener Evanston is on a mission to get Evanston certified as a National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Community Habitat for birds, bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Becoming a community habitat would make many education experiences available to Evanston residents and allow community members to be their own knowledgeable advocates for sustainability.
All wildlife needs the following four things to survive: food, water, shelter, and places to raise their young. In order to earn the NWF Certification you need only to provide those basic elements of life and reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides and herbicides on your property.
More than 40 Evanston homes have already earned the certification, and many homes are already using native plants and taking steps that could qualify them for the certification. The Canal Shores Golf Course has also completed the NWF Certification and become a community habitat.
There are many ways that you can help Evanston become a community habitat. You can get a wide variety of areas certified, from a church to an apartment balcony. If you don’t think you have the ability to grow a garden habitat, help by spreading the word or becoming a sponsor of the effort. This initiative is yet another way to make Evanston the Most Livable City.
If you are interested in getting involved in the community effort, visit the Citizens’ Greener Evanston habitat certification page, here.