Manors has been recognized Nationally as a Community Wildlife Habitat. In
our Island City, we have a habitat every 1/4 mile
. This means birds, butterflies and other wildlife can find food
and water and shelter without having to travel a great distance.
If you think your yard will qualify,go to http://nwf.org and fill in the
form to certify your property. There is a $20.00 donation to NWF
for this process. NWF uses those funds to continue to provide
free educational materials to Wilton Manors and other communities.
When you certify with
your application fee of $20, you'll receive all these great benefits:
A personalized certificate that recognizes your NWF
Certified Wildlife Habitat™.
A free NWF membership which includes a full year's
subscription to the award-winning National
Wildlife® magazine and 10% off all NWF catalog purchases.
A free subscription to the quarterly e-newsletter, Habitats,
full of insightful tips and information on gardening and attracting
wildlife year after year.
Your name listed in NWF's National registry of
certified habitats...to recognize all you've done for wildlife.
You can also certify through Florida Yards and
Yards & Neighborhoods, a University of Florida Extension program,
partners with national, state and local agencies to teach Florida
friendly landscaping. There is no charge to certify - it just
requires that a Master gardener come to your property to access your
points. Yards are evaluated based on a checklist
of Florida-friendly landscaping practices.
To be certified as a “Florida Yard,” an FY&N team will inspect each
landscape at no cost and award points, using a checklist, based on the
practices that are currently being implemented. Your yard measures up,
if your property receives a minimum of 36 inches (points) out of a
possible 96 inches. Properties that pass the inspection receive a sign
to post that reads “Certified Florida Yard”. As a follow up, the
FY&N county leader will provide each property manager, condominium
or home owner association with a list of recommendations on how they
can bring areas that score low up to standard.
For help in making your yard more Florida-friendly, contact your
county’s Extension office: or select from their online
Dr. John Pipoly
Urban Horticulture Extension Agent
Broward County, 954-370-3725
Extension Education Division
3245 College Avenue
Davie, Florida, USA 33314
Fax: (954) 370-3737
If you think your yard is ready for an evaluation, you can assess it
yourself with the FYN checklist
and then ask your county’s FYN program to schedule a yard visit.
Wilton Manors NatureScape Program also offers
free programs each month that will help you select proper plants,
provide the right care to reduce water use and provide a habitat.
Programs are held at the Library where there is a wealth of free
information. See the NatureScape
Don't have a yard - but want to
be registered as a Good Neighbor?
Here is information on the latest program offered by the NWF
YOU CAN REGISTER EVEN IF YOUR YARD IS ALREADY CERTIFIED AS A HABITAT