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Our featured map this week comes from San Diego, CA. The lawn has been replaced with native shrubbery, edible gardens, and flowering plants. They've created an extensive stormwater bioswale to divert rainwater into surrounding gardens and installed several habitat features like a bee house, nest boxes, and brush piles for wildlife. An extensive solar array allows this family to generate much of their electricity from the sun.  Visit them at : http://app.yardmap.org/map/L4994908

Our featured map this week comes from San Diego, CA. The lawn has been replaced with native shrubbery, edible gardens, and flowering plants. They've created an extensive stormwater bioswale to divert rainwater into surrounding gardens and installed several habitat features like a bee house, nest boxes, and brush piles for wildlife. An extensive solar array allows this family to generate much of their electricity from the sun. Visit them at : http://app.yardmap.org/map/L4994908

A new YardMap from Ada, ID demonstrates key features needed to provide habitat for wildlife. Though they do have patches of lawn, they also have shrubbery, flower gardens, and large, mature trees. These structural levels are essential. They also provide water in the form of a birdbath. As eBirders, another citizen-science project, you can see their most recent bird visitors on their YardMap. To learn more, explore their map: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L3581811

A new YardMap from Ada, ID demonstrates key features needed to provide habitat for wildlife. Though they do have patches of lawn, they also have shrubbery, flower gardens, and large, mature trees. These structural levels are essential. They also provide water in the form of a birdbath. As eBirders, another citizen-science project, you can see their most recent bird visitors on their YardMap. To learn more, explore their map: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L3581811

Home in Arizona boasts up to six habitat types, no small feat considering the surrounding terrain. This home has enhanced each of the various microclimates around the home, increasing the diversity of plant life and, as such, the diversity of wildlife. They use no synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, collect rain in rain barrels, and provide a number of other habitat improvements like nest boxes, bird baths, compost piles... Habitat in Arid climates: http://content.yardmap.org/learn/arid/.

Home in Arizona boasts up to six habitat types, no small feat considering the surrounding terrain. This home has enhanced each of the various microclimates around the home, increasing the diversity of plant life and, as such, the diversity of wildlife. They use no synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, collect rain in rain barrels, and provide a number of other habitat improvements like nest boxes, bird baths, compost piles... Habitat in Arid climates: http://content.yardmap.org/learn/arid/.

Schools have a vital role to play in creating wildlife habitat. Breck School does an exemplary job. They have three ponds with nesting boxes and observation platforms for students, a new native plant garden, a green roof on one of their buildings and bird feeders. To see what Breck has done, visit: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L3097408 To learn more about school gardens, see our new webpage for information and great links: http://app.yardmap.org/map#!/learn/cultivating-habitat/at-a-school/

Schools have a vital role to play in creating wildlife habitat. Breck School does an exemplary job. They have three ponds with nesting boxes and observation platforms for students, a new native plant garden, a green roof on one of their buildings and bird feeders. To see what Breck has done, visit: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L3097408 To learn more about school gardens, see our new webpage for information and great links: http://app.yardmap.org/map#!/learn/cultivating-habitat/at-a-school/

An arid environment creates the need for compatable habitat features. Plants that provide resources for wildlife but need little input in return are ideal in an Arizona residential landscape. This home owner in Santa Cruz, AZ has left the native shrubbery, primarily velvet mesquite, around their property along with some native cacti like ocotillo, catcus apple, cane cholla, and desert agave to name a few. Give it a shout-out by exploring and liking this map at…

An arid environment creates the need for compatable habitat features. Plants that provide resources for wildlife but need little input in return are ideal in an Arizona residential landscape. This home owner in Santa Cruz, AZ has left the native shrubbery, primarily velvet mesquite, around their property along with some native cacti like ocotillo, catcus apple, cane cholla, and desert agave to name a few. Give it a shout-out by exploring and liking this map at…

Our homes and communities are "works in progress". There's always something new that we can add or modify to make our outdoor space more habitable for us and wildlife. Habitat Network can be used as a tool to document what you have and what you plan on doing. This property hosts several great features for wildlife including habitat diversity, rock piles, logs, brush piles, a bee nest, nest boxes and several native species of plants. http://app.yardmap.org/map/L3988633.

Our homes and communities are "works in progress". There's always something new that we can add or modify to make our outdoor space more habitable for us and wildlife. Habitat Network can be used as a tool to document what you have and what you plan on doing. This property hosts several great features for wildlife including habitat diversity, rock piles, logs, brush piles, a bee nest, nest boxes and several native species of plants. http://app.yardmap.org/map/L3988633.

Nine habitat types across the property provide plenty of opportunity for bird diversity. To attrat and support birds, these landowners provide 7 nest boxes, several feeders and suet cages, and a couple of bird baths, one of which is heated and provides a water source throughout the long Wisconsin winters. A bat house and rock walls provide habitat for wildlife and compost and lack of pesticide and fertilizer use contribute to a healthy habitat.  http://app.yardmap.org/map/L4024199

Nine habitat types across the property provide plenty of opportunity for bird diversity. To attrat and support birds, these landowners provide 7 nest boxes, several feeders and suet cages, and a couple of bird baths, one of which is heated and provides a water source throughout the long Wisconsin winters. A bat house and rock walls provide habitat for wildlife and compost and lack of pesticide and fertilizer use contribute to a healthy habitat. http://app.yardmap.org/map/L4024199

Our featured maps this week are schools in Hardford, MD. These sites are taking the goal of providing both wildlife and children-life access to valuable green space. Like most schools there are recreational fields and extensive lawn, but this is balanced by features like bio-retention cells, forest, native meadows, ponds, bare earth for bees, edible gardens, and pollinator gardens. To explore these maps: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L5539011 and http://app.yardmap.org/map/L5625398.

Our featured maps this week are schools in Hardford, MD. These sites are taking the goal of providing both wildlife and children-life access to valuable green space. Like most schools there are recreational fields and extensive lawn, but this is balanced by features like bio-retention cells, forest, native meadows, ponds, bare earth for bees, edible gardens, and pollinator gardens. To explore these maps: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L5539011 and http://app.yardmap.org/map/L5625398.

New developments provide a "blank-slate" for homeowners to re-image their landscape. We regret that native habitat is lost and numerous flora and fauna are displaced in such developments, but we can reclaim this loss through careful management. This homeowner is on the right track; native trees, perennial flower beds line the home, shrubbery and a brush pile among the trees provide mid-story structure. To see more: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L4954706

New developments provide a "blank-slate" for homeowners to re-image their landscape. We regret that native habitat is lost and numerous flora and fauna are displaced in such developments, but we can reclaim this loss through careful management. This homeowner is on the right track; native trees, perennial flower beds line the home, shrubbery and a brush pile among the trees provide mid-story structure. To see more: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L4954706

It's the beginning of another school year! Consider adding a school to the Habitat Network Map. Schools can provide excellent habitat for wildlife while providing innovative outdoor classrooms for students and teachers to enjoy. Breck School in Minnesota has several water features, native plantings, nest boxes, bird feeders, and snags. These efforts go a long way to providing resources for birds, butterflies, bees, and other wildlife. http://app.yardmap.org/map/L3097408

It's the beginning of another school year! Consider adding a school to the Habitat Network Map. Schools can provide excellent habitat for wildlife while providing innovative outdoor classrooms for students and teachers to enjoy. Breck School in Minnesota has several water features, native plantings, nest boxes, bird feeders, and snags. These efforts go a long way to providing resources for birds, butterflies, bees, and other wildlife. http://app.yardmap.org/map/L3097408

Another excellent YardMap. They have features promoting a sustainable lifestyle--extensive vegetable gardens, composting system, solar hot water, and an on-site pond. At the same time they are supporting birds with layered habitat, various nest boxes, and native plants for foraging. To learn more: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L2943339

Another excellent YardMap. They have features promoting a sustainable lifestyle--extensive vegetable gardens, composting system, solar hot water, and an on-site pond. At the same time they are supporting birds with layered habitat, various nest boxes, and native plants for foraging. To learn more: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L2943339

This home in Ravalli, MT has excellent features to support wildlife. They have numerous native plants, including trees, shrubs and flowers, a heated bird bath, various feeding options, and nest boxes, which provide protection for local birds. Gardens, composts and diverse habitats support the humans in the household. To see more: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L2933869

This home in Ravalli, MT has excellent features to support wildlife. They have numerous native plants, including trees, shrubs and flowers, a heated bird bath, various feeding options, and nest boxes, which provide protection for local birds. Gardens, composts and diverse habitats support the humans in the household. To see more: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L2933869

We have so many options when we are designing our landscapes. This family has made a conscious effort to create bird habitat. Foraging plants like service berry, raspberries and crab apples--to name a few--are planted. Welcoming bird feeders, nest boxes, and bird baths are scattered around the property. And, they have a couple bees nests to boot! Check out the great photos of wildlife that are attracted to their sanctuary: (http://app.yardmap.org/map/L3106180)

We have so many options when we are designing our landscapes. This family has made a conscious effort to create bird habitat. Foraging plants like service berry, raspberries and crab apples--to name a few--are planted. Welcoming bird feeders, nest boxes, and bird baths are scattered around the property. And, they have a couple bees nests to boot! Check out the great photos of wildlife that are attracted to their sanctuary: (http://app.yardmap.org/map/L3106180)

Suburban and urban yards are important. There is surprising bird and wildlife diversity in urban areas, much of that can be attributed to homeowners like this one in Baltimore. We especially admire their diverse smaller gardens that they are managing for native plants. Though they have lawn, the space is minimal and they are avoiding applying chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. Explore The Shady Maple House: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L3578127

Suburban and urban yards are important. There is surprising bird and wildlife diversity in urban areas, much of that can be attributed to homeowners like this one in Baltimore. We especially admire their diverse smaller gardens that they are managing for native plants. Though they have lawn, the space is minimal and they are avoiding applying chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. Explore The Shady Maple House: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L3578127

We found this map while scanning our Forum--a place where users can make comments, share gardening ideas or stories, and engage with like-minded wildlife gardeners. This user asked, "When do I know if my map is complete?"!   Complete indeed! This map is supporting all eleven goals from our Planning Tool, has various habitat features such as snags, brush piles, trees, shrubs, a hibernaculum, native flowering plants, forest...the list goes on. This is high quality mapping and habitat. To see…

We found this map while scanning our Forum--a place where users can make comments, share gardening ideas or stories, and engage with like-minded wildlife gardeners. This user asked, "When do I know if my map is complete?"! Complete indeed! This map is supporting all eleven goals from our Planning Tool, has various habitat features such as snags, brush piles, trees, shrubs, a hibernaculum, native flowering plants, forest...the list goes on. This is high quality mapping and habitat. To see…

One of the best parts of creating habitat for wildlife is seeing that wildlife. This week's map highlight shows us how inviting well managed farmland can be to an incredible diversity of birds. With habitat features like brush piles, snags, and nest boxes placed appropriately across the pastures, forests, meadows, and savannas (all managed for wildlife), and sustainable hay and timber practices, this site has attracted the attention of over 100 species of birds! View the complete list here…

One of the best parts of creating habitat for wildlife is seeing that wildlife. This week's map highlight shows us how inviting well managed farmland can be to an incredible diversity of birds. With habitat features like brush piles, snags, and nest boxes placed appropriately across the pastures, forests, meadows, and savannas (all managed for wildlife), and sustainable hay and timber practices, this site has attracted the attention of over 100 species of birds! View the complete list here…

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