It's Spring. Find avaialble native plants at www.nwf.org/sitecore/content/Home/Garden-for-Wildlife/About/Native-Plants/Find-Available-Natives
resourcecentral.org/gardens/ for Garden-In-A-Box info.
City and County of Denver announced on November 29 its intention to certify as a community habitat via NWF, in partnership with Colorado Wildlife Federation, Denver Water and Denver Public Schools. They intend to reach certification by the end of 2019. When individuals and homeowner/neighborhood associations in th City and County of Denver certify their gardens, this contributes to the points required for Denver to reach community certification status.
To certify go to www.nwf.org/garden
Colorado Wildlife Federation is partnering with National Wildlife Federation to participate in NWF's acclaimed certified wildlife habitat/garden for Colorado. You can help protect pollinator populations and other species by creating a wildlife habitat garden. Plant a simple garden that provides 5 key elements: Food, Water, Cover, Places to Raise Young and Sustainable Practices.
This wonderful program provides official recognition for properties that meet these 5 key elements.
This program can recognize your yard, balcony container garden, schoolyard, work landscape and roadside greenspace. You will be helping to replenish resources for pollinators and other wildlife in Colorado.
Join the more than 200,000 Certified Wildlife Habitats and certify today!
Here are links for resources and also to learn how to certify your habitat /garden.www.nwf.org/en/Garden-for-Wildlife/About/Resources
Impact of Certified Wildlife Garden Habitats --
Butterfly Gardening Tip Sheet --
Bird Feeder Tip Sheet --
Regional Nectar Plant List for Monarchs --
Regional Milkweed Plant Lists for Monarchs --
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has declared June Colorado's polliinator month. " Bees, and other pollinators, are crucial for our ecosystem and the starting point of the food chain that serves countless species, including humans! The out-sized work of bees makes them truly fantastic creatures."
Colorado Resolution 1029 desginates first "Pollinator Highway" -- Interstate 76. It directed Colorado Dept. of Transportation to coordinate with local governments , willing landowners and other groups to use Integrated Vegetative Management strategies to develop pollinator habitat where appropriate -- maintenance needs of pollinator habitat are very low.
Idea for water features: place a hanging basket in the water feature. I found last year that so long as a shade annual in the basket receives constant water in the water feature it has thrived.
For anyone who is unfamiliar with cheatgrass, below is a photo so you can identify this invasive scourge that spreads quickly and ruins native habitat. If you see it in a small patch and seeds have not disbursed, pull it out by it shallow roots.
Want to plant bulbs that squirrels will not dig up? For fall planting try Allium and Daffodils. Perhaps you can hide a few tulip bulbs inside a group of Allium and Daffodils but no guarantee that will work.
Go to NWF's Facebook for a video interview of naturist David Mizejewski who gives tips on providing water for wildlife during summer and how to have a wildlife water feature while eliminating mosquitos.
See the Denver Zoo's new pollinator garden, The Pollinator Pathway. This is National Wildlife Federation's 200,000th certified wildlife habitat!
Here is a link to the CBS news story about honeybees wearing tiny backpacks to try and solve the mystery of why worker bees permanently leave their hives. http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/bees-wearing-tiny-backpacks-deployed-to-solve-mystery
© Kathy Boucher, Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) above. Its life zone in Colorado is from the plains to montane. It is a host plant to the Monarch butterfly - milkweed is the only plant that Monarch caterpillars eat. Colorado has four native types of milkweed.
White-lined sphinx moth (Hyles lineata) (right)
Below: Pollinator Pathway at the Denver Zoo - installed spring 2016- is NWF's 200,000th certified garden habitat ! You can see the colorful Blanketflower (Gaillardia aristata). This Colorado native grows well in the foothills and montane zones. It blooms from June through early fall.
Woodhouse's frog in garden habitat (Colorado)