Wild About Nature? Get Your Yard Certified
Anyone can create a welcoming haven for local wildlife. In fact, wildlife habitat gardens support twice as much wildlife as conventional lawns and non-native plant gardens. Turning your yard, balcony container garden or work landscape into a Certified Wildlife Habitat to attract birds, butterflies, and other neighborhood wildlife is fun, easy, and can make a lasting difference. Here is what your wildlife habitat should include:
 
Food: Native plants provide food eaten by a variety of wildlife. Feeders can supplement natural food sources.
 
Water: All animals need water to survive, and some need it for bathing or breeding as well.
 
Cover: Wildlife need places to take shelter from bad weather and places to hide from predators or hunt for prey.
 
Places to Raise Young: Wildlife need resources to reproduce, and to protect and nourish their young.
 
Sustainable Practices: Maintain your yard or garden in natural ways to ensure soil, air, and water stay healthy and clean.
 
Certify your space to show your commitment to wildlife. It’s easier than you might think. Wild Birds Unlimited is a Champion Sponsor of the NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat Program. Learn more on how to certify your wildlife habitat by clicking here, 
7 Simple Actions To Help Birds
1) Make Windows Safer, Day and Night

2) Keep Cats Indoors

3) Reduce Lawn, and Plant Natives #BringBirds Back-Reduce Lawn and Plant Natives

4) Avoid Pesticides #BringBirdsBack-Avoid Pesticides

5) Drink Coffee That's Good for the Birds

6) Protect Our Planet from Plastic#BringBirdsBack-Use Less Plastic

7) Watch Birds and Share What You See#BringBirdsBack- Do Citizen Science

July Nature Happenings

  • NABA National Butterfly count.
  • Garter snakes give birth to seven – 30 young during July or August.
  • Except for goldfinches and late bluebirds, bird breeding and nesting season ends this month.
  • Thistle plants begin to seed; goldfinches gather thistledown for nesting material.
  • Mallards and wood ducks molt into “eclipse” plumage and are unable to fly for several weeks.
  • Fall migration starts this month with returning shorebirds.
  • Blackbirds begin to flock and appear at feeders.
  • Treefrogs begin singing and mating through July.
  • Second broods of squirrels are born.
  • Fawns begin traveling with adult females.
  • Butterfly milkweed in bloom. Look for Monarch Butterfly adults, eggs and larva.
  • Keep your feeders and bird baths clean and your seed fresh.
  • Final brood of hummingbirds begin to appear at feeders.
  • Delta Aquarids Meteor shower peaks in late-July.
Fun Facts About Lesser Goldfinches
Like their cousin the American Goldfinch, Lesser Goldfinches will delay breeding until the greatest number of thistle, dandelion and other composite flowers are seeding.
- The Lesser Goldfinch is believed to be monogamous with its mate during the breeding season and will bring food to the nest for her while she incubates their eggs.
- Some known predators of the Lesser Goldfinch include the Sharp-shinned Hawk, American Kestrel, Northern Pygmy-Owl, and Loggerhead Shrike.
- The oldest banded Lesser Goldfinch recaptured in the wild had lived 5 years and 8 months.
- Due to their almost exclusive diet of seeds, the Lesser Goldfinch drinks frequently and will stay close to reliable sources of water during dry periods.



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