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BOWIE CENTENNIAL GARDEN AND FIFTH ANNUAL CERTIFIED WILDLIFE HABITAT TOUR

BOWIE CENTENNIAL GARDEN AND FIFTH ANNUAL CERTIFIED WILDLIFE HABITAT TOUR

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Backyard Habitat of Maria Arnold,
Bowie resident and member of
Bowie Gardens 4 Wildlife Group


Saturday, June 11


On Saturday, June 11, visit a variety of certified habitats in Bowie. Schools, a park and homes are on this year's tour. Download the flyer by clicking here for details on the sites, locations and times they are open. This year's tour is sponsored by the Bowie Centennial Committee, the Bowie-Crofton Garden Club and Bowie Gardens 4 Wildlife. For information on how to create and certify your own habitat and help pollinators and other wildlife find places to live, eat and raise young, visit www.cityofbowie.org/habitat. Contact Tiffany Wright with any questions at 301-809-3043 or twright@cityofbowie.org.


Start your own backyard habitat to promote and sustain wildlife.  Come out Saturday, June 11th to learn more about practicing better gardening habits, meet your neighbors and have a great time.


Backyard Habitats Annual Habitat Tour Each year, Bowie Gardens 4 Wildlife hosts a Backyard Habitat Tour.  A few residents open their yards and habitats to the public to show the ways they are providing for wildlife and using sustainable landscaping practices. They are available to chat about what has and hasn't worked for them and can give pointers on how to get started in your own backyard.


This year's tour, the Bowie Centennial Garden and 5th Certified Habitat Tour, is on Saturday, June 11, 2016. Four homes, three schools and the smallest City park are all open this year for residents who want to learn how to help pollinators and other wildlife survive.  for details on the times and locations. Continue reading below to see why certifying your yard is so critical for wildllife in Bowie.


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Photo Courtesy of Bowie Resident, 
John Teasdale


The National Wildlife Federation cites habitat loss as the primary threat to survival of wildlife in the United States. This is mostly caused by human activities that hinder the ability of wildlife to find food, water, cover, and/or places to raise their young.  

 
According to NWF, the three major kinds of habitat loss are:

  • habitat destruction (e.g., clearing forests, filling wetlands);

  • habitat degradation (e.g., invasive species, pollution); and 

  • habitat fragmentation



Habitat fragmentation is especially problematic in urban and suburban areas like Bowie. Roads and development chop up the large contiguous forests, fields and migratory paths that used to be available to wildlife.



Bowie Gardens 4 Wildlife GroupTo try to give birds, butterflies and other wildlife in Bowie a reprieve from the stress of habitat fragmentation and degradation, the City has joined NWF's program where residents and communities can collaborate to help provide the requirements of all wildlife: food, water, cover, and places to raise young. The Bowie Gardens 4 Wildlife group is helping Bowie become a National Wildlife Federation (NWF) certified Community Wildlife Habitat. 


To achieve this goal, the City must meet education and community project requirements and have a minimum of 200 homes, 6 community sites (office buildings, parks, places of worship, homeowner associations, etc.), and 5 schools certified by NWF. Property owners who provide the four basic elements of habitat can apply for certification at the National Wildlife Federation website.  


NWF reviews applications and mails certificates indicating the property is a Certified Wildlife Habitat. NWF provides a 1-year membership in return for an application fee. Every certification in 
Bowie supports our community goal!


Community Certification Progress: Bowie has achieved 247 of the 300 points needed. We are very close to our goal but need your help. Please certify your yard, school, or community site. Here are certification totals for Bowie as of Nov. 2015: 

  • 189 homes at 1 point each

  • 6 community sites at 3 points each

  • 8 schools at 5 points each


Interested in turning your yard into a backyard habitat?  Click here to view a brochure that details how to get started.



Bowie Centennial Garden and Fifth Annual Certified Habitat Tour – June 11, 2016 See how your neighbors are welcoming birds and butterflies to their homes at the annual habitat tour on Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 9 - 4 p.m. More information...


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