Tom and Elena Marsh, who live in Swiss Colony neighborhood, have met the requirements from the National Wildlife Federation to create a backyard certified wildlife habitat.
In order to become certified, a property must provide the four basic elements that all wildlife need: food, water, cover and places to raise young.
In addition to providing for wildlife, certified habitats conserve natural resources by reducing or eliminating the need for fertilizers, pesticides, and/or irrigation water.
Friends of Rickman Store are helping to implement the project with a series of “Gardening for Wildlife” programs. The next progam is set for Monday, Aug. 15, 5 to 7 p.m. “Meet Me At Spring Valley.”
Horticulturist Bill Messina will outline plants favored by birds, butterflies and other wild critters. A tour of the nursery will follow.
Spring Valley is a NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat nursery and has a wide selection of natives. Meet at Spring Valley Nursery, 57 Saunders Road, at 5 p.m.
Pick up a brochure and certification form in the lobby of the Macon County Public Library or at Rickman Store.
Contact Debby at (828)349-5201 for details.