Explore Wonderful Yardmaps and more!

This week we honor one of the very first Habitat Mappers! In the early days, Habitat Network was YardMap and thanks to the vision and expertise of our lead programmer, it has evolved into an full-featured international tool for conservation. As we move into the next phase of the program we would like to say Thank You for all that you given to the world of conservation.

This week's map is a wonderful example of an urban park created by a Habitat Network users in one of our urban focal cities, Boston (http://content.yardmap.org/learn/boston/). Located right on the waterfront, this park, and all the greenery growing there, provides several important ecological features for the city. To see this map in detail log into Habitat Network, http://app.yardmap.org/map/L5261726

this week's map highlight creates a dazzling mosaic, sure to appeal to passing birds and pollinators. On the ground, with an incredible diversity of native plants and sustainable practices, like no use of synthetic pesticide, you can certainly see why. This residence supports birds and pollinators and is using the new Planning Tool to document the management decisions made towards those goals. For smart choices about insecticides, see our article…

The featured site this week comes from Mecosta, Michigan. This mapper has done an excellent job capturing the curves of their gardens using the mapping tool. Just by looking at the map you get a real sense of how the habitats are laid out. Though there is a lot of lawn, there are multiple patches of habitat creating excellent stepping stone sections for wildlife to use while moving around the landscape. To learn more about this map, explore: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L5107317

Do you have more than one map? Perhaps you've mapped a local park, school, or natural area along with your personal residence. To aggregate the data you've collected use our Groups tool. This week's map highlight is actually three maps that come together in a group and mapped over 18 acres, 13% of which has great habitat value. The data readout also provides a comparison of your landscaping to the national averages so you can have a goal to beat. http://content.yardmap.org/learn/groups/

No plot of habitat is too small. This week's map comes from IN and consists of just over 1,000 sqft of native habitat outside of an office building in a bustling urban metropolis. Dotted hawthorn, coneflower, fewleaf sunflower, wild indigo, mountain mint, penstemon, button eryngo, little bluestem, and more. To see this map up close: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L5146423. To learn more about the role offices can play in creating habitat: http://content.yardmap.org/learn/at-the-office/

This week's map highlight is an international gem from Nova Scotia. Over 50% of the property is forested providing access to essential food and nesting resources for native wildlife. The property supports clean water with an extensive storm-water management system that helps purify before it entering on-site ponds. To see more of this site, login to Habitat Network: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L5119412

Our map this week comes from Cobb, GA. and is in a suburban neighborhood with a yard that has an equal amount of forested area to lawn. This mapper took placing objects seriously and completed the characteristics for most of them, painting a clear picture of their landscape and management practices. To learn about the importance of objects on YardMaps, explore our new LEARN article: http://content.yardmap.org/learn/adding-objects-to-yardmaps/. To see the map…

YardMaps are works in progress, just like our properties! Here is a YardMap that was created back in 2013.They have an impressive collection of trees and shrubs.This yardmapper recently logged in and edited his/her map, continuing to document his/her work: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L2146761

Great things happen when old agricultural land is converted back into wildlife habitat. The landscape comes alive with native grasses, flowers, shrubs, trees, and animals. As stewards of our properties we can create sanctuaries for ourselves and wildlife by making simple, intentional choices. This property reminds us of the resilience of our landscapes–monoculture can become dynamic and varied with time and energy. See more…

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