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This week's map highlight from Sarasota, FL boasts incredible blossoms around the yard, attracting and providing resources for a number of visiting bird and butterfly species. Lots of variation in plant structure and diversity, along with healthy management practices, like leaving leaf litter on-site and never using fertilizers or pesticides, this site is prime habitat for wildlife sightings. See more pictures from this site at http://app.yardmap.org/map/L5170337.

This week's map highlight from Sarasota, FL boasts incredible blossoms around the yard, attracting and providing resources for a number of visiting bird and butterfly species. Lots of variation in plant structure and diversity, along with healthy management practices, like leaving leaf litter on-site and never using fertilizers or pesticides, this site is prime habitat for wildlife sightings. See more pictures from this site at http://app.yardmap.org/map/L5170337.

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

Never doubt the ecological and wildlife impact of small lots. Here's a property in urban Virginia that is only 1,749 sqft or 0.04 acres but has over 60 plant species and in the last 30 days has seen approximately eight bird species. The diversity of plants combined with refraining from using herbicide, pesticide, or synthetic fertilizer makes this an ideal site for hosting urban wildlife. To see more details, check out their map: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L4815988.

Never doubt the ecological and wildlife impact of small lots. Here's a property in urban Virginia that is only 1,749 sqft or 0.04 acres but has over 60 plant species and in the last 30 days has seen approximately eight bird species. The diversity of plants combined with refraining from using herbicide, pesticide, or synthetic fertilizer makes this an ideal site for hosting urban wildlife. To see more details, check out their map: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L4815988.

This suburban home owner in Franklin, OH has set the goal of being "lawn-free" in the coming years. They are on track to complete this ambitious plan with their expanding flower beds, brush piles, and native flora. Also, they made an intentional decision to keep their cat indoors and avoid using chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides--all excellent decisions that support wildlife. To see more, visit their map: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L3280521

This suburban home owner in Franklin, OH has set the goal of being "lawn-free" in the coming years. They are on track to complete this ambitious plan with their expanding flower beds, brush piles, and native flora. Also, they made an intentional decision to keep their cat indoors and avoid using chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides--all excellent decisions that support wildlife. To see more, visit their map: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L3280521

A new map from Lane, OR. has an impressive list of bird sightings, 22 species, and a resident population of brown bats. Their property consists of more than 30% forest and more than 30% wetland habitat. Both provide necessary resources for wildlife. They refrain from  pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers considering their location to the river. Lastly, they minimize their own footprint by growing their own food, composting, and using solar power.http://app.yardmap.org/map/L4617764

A new map from Lane, OR. has an impressive list of bird sightings, 22 species, and a resident population of brown bats. Their property consists of more than 30% forest and more than 30% wetland habitat. Both provide necessary resources for wildlife. They refrain from pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers considering their location to the river. Lastly, they minimize their own footprint by growing their own food, composting, and using solar power.http://app.yardmap.org/map/L4617764

With 24 species of birds spotted at this site (http://app.yardmap.org/map/L5042158) in the last 30 days, this week's map highlight from Worcester, MA boasts some wonderful habitat that attracts some exciting diversity. Added to the brush piles, snags, and other habitat features are native plants, like Witch Hazel, Mountain Laurels, and Trout Lily's and good management practices that keep pesticides and fertilizers out of their environment. The combination creates a suite of resources, free…

With 24 species of birds spotted at this site (http://app.yardmap.org/map/L5042158) in the last 30 days, this week's map highlight from Worcester, MA boasts some wonderful habitat that attracts some exciting diversity. Added to the brush piles, snags, and other habitat features are native plants, like Witch Hazel, Mountain Laurels, and Trout Lily's and good management practices that keep pesticides and fertilizers out of their environment. The combination creates a suite of resources, free…

A Yardmapper in Windsor, VT reminds us that nature is not a place to visit, it is our home! They have integrated orchards, berry bushes, compost bins and rain barrels with native plants, brush piles, bee nests and birdhouses in a diverse mosaic of native environment. They protect their home, and all the homes they provide, by not using pesticides or fertilizers, and they reduce the use of fossil fuels by reducing the size of the lawn. http://app.yardmap.org/map/L3595323

A Yardmapper in Windsor, VT reminds us that nature is not a place to visit, it is our home! They have integrated orchards, berry bushes, compost bins and rain barrels with native plants, brush piles, bee nests and birdhouses in a diverse mosaic of native environment. They protect their home, and all the homes they provide, by not using pesticides or fertilizers, and they reduce the use of fossil fuels by reducing the size of the lawn. http://app.yardmap.org/map/L3595323

To support birds, pollinators, and wildlife to your yards and gardens you need native plants that produce the insects for birds to eat, pollen and nectar sources, and valuable cover options. Insects, like many animals, require specific habitats to reproduce. Along with host plants to lay eggs and provide food for larvae, they need a pesticide free environment and practices that ensure survival. http://app.yardmap.org/map/L2855094 shows how its done! Many great plant selections to explore!

To support birds, pollinators, and wildlife to your yards and gardens you need native plants that produce the insects for birds to eat, pollen and nectar sources, and valuable cover options. Insects, like many animals, require specific habitats to reproduce. Along with host plants to lay eggs and provide food for larvae, they need a pesticide free environment and practices that ensure survival. http://app.yardmap.org/map/L2855094 shows how its done! Many great plant selections to explore!

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/.

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

Here's a YardMapper who loves Chimney Swifts! To support these beautiful birds, they have multiple nesting areas, native habitat to attract their favorite insects and they avoid using any synthetic chemical pesticides or herbicides on their property, which is essential when supporting insect-eating birds. Migration is underway, these swifts will be heading back to this property in Wilson, TN soon! To see more: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L3161303

Here's a YardMapper who loves Chimney Swifts! To support these beautiful birds, they have multiple nesting areas, native habitat to attract their favorite insects and they avoid using any synthetic chemical pesticides or herbicides on their property, which is essential when supporting insect-eating birds. Migration is underway, these swifts will be heading back to this property in Wilson, TN soon! To see more: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L3161303

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…

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…

Petite parcels can still pack a powerful punch with habitat resources for small animals. This week's highlight comes from Wellington, Ontario and shows us how even the smallest of yards or gardens can have a big impact on habitat improvement. This 22,000 square ft site boasts 136 habitat features that are sure to bring a bit of comfort in the Canadian cold. Visit, explore, and like this map at http://app.yardmap.org/map/L4225599.

Petite parcels can still pack a powerful punch with habitat resources for small…

This amazing map, from Philippine Science High School in Quezon City, Philippines, shows us some interesting habitat from one of our international sites. The plants are well labeled and provide insight into the diversity of vegetation found around the world. Explore this map of the high school (http://app.yardmap.org/map/L6095572) and the photos that go with it then share photos of the habitat you provide so others may be as inspired: http://content.yardmap.org/learn/to-take-nice-photos/

This amazing map, from Philippine Science High School in Quezon City, Philippines, shows us some interesting habitat from one of our international sites. The plants are well labeled and provide insight into the diversity of vegetation found around the world. Explore this map of the high school (http://app.yardmap.org/map/L6095572) and the photos that go with it then share photos of the habitat you provide so others may be as inspired: http://content.yardmap.org/learn/to-take-nice-photos/

This home in St Clair, IL, provides great habit for birds. There are native trees (their favorite), a nice patch of elderberry bushes, a wildflower garden, and bird baths for fresh water. All these resources are critical in an area that has extensive industrial agriculture. The owner also refrains from using synthetic pesticides and fertilizers which minimizes the birds exposure to chemicals and keeps their insect food supply more reliable. To see more: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L3188960

This home in St Clair, IL, provides great habit for birds. There are native trees (their favorite), a nice patch of elderberry bushes, a wildflower garden, and bird baths for fresh water. All these resources are critical in an area that has extensive industrial agriculture. The owner also refrains from using synthetic pesticides and fertilizers which minimizes the birds exposure to chemicals and keeps their insect food supply more reliable. To see more: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L3188960

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