Local wildlife like birds, butterflies, salamanders and bees rely on native plant communities for habitat.
But habitat loss and fragmentation due to development, non-native invasive species, pollution and climate change mean wildlife is struggling.
Rockville property owners can help wildlife, take action to counter climate change and earn National Wildlife Federation certification by creating wildlife-friendly landscapes that incorporate habitat elements in their yards or grounds.
Certified wildlife habitats must provide food, water, cover and places for wildlife to raise young. The program encourages sustainable gardening practices like using native plants, reducing pesticide and fertilizer use, removing non-native invasive plants, and composting.
Certified habitats help create corridors for wildlife to thrive, increase biodiversity and build climate resilient landscapes throughout the community.
In 2016, Rockville was recognized by the National Wildlife Federation as the 88th certified Community Wildlife Habitat in the United States. To find resources and learn more about earning certification, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/backyardhabitats.