|Join the cause! ~Certify your Town of Davie residence as a Wildlife Habitat online at www.nwf.org\wildlifegarden and receive free wildlife habitat plants to supplement your yard, from the Davie Native Plant Nursery located at 3801 S. Pine Island Road on November 18th from 3:30 to 5:30 PM. ~Just bring a copy of you certification (new certifications after November 1st, 2011 only please) and receive up to two wildlife friendly shrubs and one native tree as our appreciation for joining the effort to make the Town of Davie a Certified National Wildlife Habitat Town.~ We need 100 more residents to certify their yards. The nursery is a joint effort between the Town of Davie, the South Florida Audubon Society, and the Florida Forest Service. Call 954-797-1103 for more information.
What is a Community Wildlife Habitat?
If you love gardening and connecting with people in your community, the National Wildlife Federation can help you certify your community as a 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, community gardens, places of worship and businesses.
It is a place where the residents make it a priority to provide habitat for wildlife by providing the four basic elements that all wildlife need: food, water, cover, and places to rasie young.
The community also educates its residents about sustainable gardening practices such as reducing or eliminating chemical fertilizers and pesticides, conserving water, planting native plants, removing invasive plants and composting.
Community Wildlife Habitats are organized by a team of people, who not only help create habitat, but also hold workshops about gardening for wildlife and organize community events such as stream or trail cleanups.
The Town’s goal is to be a nationally recognized Wildlife Habitat Community
How Do We Earn Certification?
The Town earns points from each certified property towards certification as a wildlife habitat.To achieve this we need to acquire 500 points. There are points given for each wildlife habitat garden. Schools receive 5 points, parks – 3 points, and residents- 1 point. So far we have 284 points.
The Town of Davie’s community project is called Welcoming Wildlife Into Natural Davie (WWIND) and works closely with Broward County’s NatureScape staff.
WWIND is a group of volunteers who serve as mentors for individuals and groups as they create wildlife habitats at:
- Places of Employment
- Places of Recreation
- Places of Worship
Please call 954-797-1103 for information.
What You Need to Do
- It’s easier than you think!
- Provide elements from each of following areas:
- Food Sources - For example: Native plants, seeds, fruits, nuts, berries, nectar
- Water Sources - For example: Birdbath, pond, water garden, stream
- Places for Cover - For example: Thicket, rock pile, birdhouse
- Places to Raise Young - For example: Dense shrubs, vegetation, nesting box, pond
- A certified garden can be as large as you like or as small as you like. See picture below. It can be that easy.
Why Gardening with “Native” Plants is Encouraged
- Over long periods of time, plants adjusted to local soil types, weather patterns, and wildlife of a given region became the “native” plants of the region
- Life cycles of plants and animals in these regions complement each other naturally; however, with rate of change humans have introduced into areas, they have disrupted natural balance
- Wildlife in area fits best with plants native to area.
For More Detailed Information
Examples of what a small wildlife garden looks like can be found at the demonstration gardens that the Mayor and Town Councilmembers, the WWIND team, Town staff, volunteers, and organizations have built. They attract butterflies, other pollinators, birds, and various other wildlife.
Demonstration Garden 1
- Town of Davie Town Hall
- 6591 Orange Drive
- Davie, FL
- Location: Just outside the Planning & Zoning Department
Demonstration Garden 2
- Old Davie School & Museum
- 6650 Griffin Road
- Davie, FL
- Location: Beside the two houses behind the parking lot
Demonstration Garden 3
- East Davie Nature Park
- 5350 S.W. 58th Ave.
- Davie, FL
- Location: Along fence near playground
Liberty Park Garden 4
- Liberty Park
- SW 8th Street
- Davie, FL
- Location: Northeast Section
Demonstration Garden 5
- Falcon's Lea Park
- 14900 Stirling Road
- Davie, FL
- Ricky de la Pezulea, Anthony Rios, Anthony Blanco, Jordan Baker Robinson (and brother Dillon), Austin Yoder, Meaghan Markwell, Sarah Gruter (and sister Lindsay),Taylor Wellington, Christian Mayo, Colin Trenholm, Jared Shiller, Katelyn Privett, Josh Spencer, Katie Rodriquez, Abby Clanton, Naidej Troncoso, Monica Vollger, Megan Backman, Dakoda Dorsaneo (mine)
Demonstration Garden 6
- Rick and Rita Case Boys and Girls Club
- 7525 NW 33 Street
- Davie, FL 33024
Demonstration Garden 7