Inaugurating a movement
IN 1972, U.S. FOREST SERVICE RESEARCHERS Richard DeGraaf and Jack Ward Thomas published a study showing that the tools wildlife managers use—providing food, water, cover and places to raise young—also work on a smaller scale in backyards. The following year, in a National Wildlife® article (above), they detailed the steps homeowners could take to create such wildlife havens. Reprinted thousands of times, their article launched the National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat® program—which to date has certified more than 270,000 properties, from tiny patios to entire communities.
Read the full article, Invite Wildlife to Your Backyard.
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