Town of Davie Earns National Wildlife Certification
The Town of Davie has just become the 67th community in the nation and the 9th in the state of Florida to obtain the status of a National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Certified Community Wildlife Habitat.
The Community Wildlife Habitat team used the acronym WWIND (Welcoming Wildlife into Natural Davie). This hardworking team had booths at Earth Day festivals, Orange Blossom festivals, a 2-day Green Festival and at recycling events. At each event, they reach out to residents about the project and gardening for wildlife. They also sold native plants and worked with local native plant nurseries.
Six different demonstration gardens were created at town parks and at the Davie Town Hall complex. At the time of certification, 14 schools, Town Hall, 1 business, a Boys and Girls Club, one farm, and 16 parks had become NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat sites.
“The driving force behind this initiative was the Town’s Mayor, Judy Paul”, says Davie Urban Forester Tim Lee who is involved with the project. Mayor Paul, a pioneer in wildlife conservation, was one of the first in Davie to have a Certified Habitat at her home, and whose idea it was to form the WWIND team. Chris Richter was the Town’s liaison who organized WWIND and is currently active in their efforts.
The Mayor is ecstatic over Davie’s certification and said, “This certification substantiates the commitment the Davie community has in preserving and protecting our environment. Congratulations to the volunteers who make up the WWIND Team, we could have not done this without you,” the Mayor added.
For more information about the WWIND team and how you can create a Certified Wildlife Habitat, contact Urban Forester Tim Lee at 954-797-1038.