ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – The borough is launching a brand new partnership with New Jersey Audubon and the National Wildlife Federation’s Community Wildlife Habitat™ program to develop into more healthy, greener, and extra wildlife-friendly, the persevering with efforts by native residents and the governing physique to proceed the group’s dedication to pure magnificence and a pleasant setting.
The partnership notices the borough’s dedication to creating wildlife habitats all through the group, whereas additionally educating and creating consciousness with its residents.
“By joining the National Wildlife Federation’s Community Wildlife Habitat program, Atlantic Highlands is sending a clear and powerful message to communities all over America that people working together can create healthy habitats and healthy communities, and make a difference in their own community and beyond,” stated Patrick Fitzgerald, Senior Director of Community Wildlife.
Healthy habitats and wholesome communities go hand-in-hand, he stated. Too usually communities undergo from air pollution, disinvestment, or different challenges that separate individuals from the pure world. When human communities undergo, wildlife suffers as effectively.
At Thursday’s Borough council Meeting, Council member, Lori Hohenleitner launched a decision which obtained unanimous approval that lends official assist to the venture.
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Begun by native residents and headed by Elaine Egidio, Atlantic Highlands Gardening for Wildlife hopes to convey collectively various group organizations and people to work towards a sustainable setting. Meant to present habitat and sources at a group degree, in order that wildlife, together with birds, butterflies, bees, and different pollinating bugs can flourish, this system encourages residents, companies, and organizations to take part by certifying their properties: from personal gardens to public parks; from schoolyards to churchyards; from a container backyard to huge acreage.
Ms. Egidio identified that “Nature gifts us with our existence. We are provided food, shelter, items in our homes, our schools and our places of employment. We are gifted weathers, seasons, air to breathe. This project is my way of giving back in appreciation. I look forward to meeting more of our Atlantic Highlands’ community, as we become a community that co-creates our natural world.”
Since 1973, the National Wildlife has supplied thousands and thousands of individuals with the essential pointers for making their landscapes extra hospitable for wildlife. To date, via this program, the Federation has licensed greater than 250,000 websites together with yards, faculties, companies, group gardens, parks, and locations of worship. Each of those websites offers the essential parts all wildlife wants to thrive: meals, water, cowl and locations to elevate younger, whereas integrating sustainable gardening and landscaping practices.
In 2012, New Jersey Audubon joined the National Wildlife Federation’s state affiliate and the 2 organizations work intently collectively towards the aim of wildlife conservation and habitat restoration.
At current solely 5 communities in New Jersey have reached certification, and one other 13 are working in the direction of that aim.
Gena and Ted Loud have already had their backyard at their Third Avenue dwelling licensed was a National Wildlife Federation Community Wildlife Habitat™ and the explanation why are evident in these pictures from final season. The Louds raised the Monarch butterfly, a pastime additionally loved by Ms. Egidio.
Any outside house can develop into licensed, even an house balcony! By certifying, the resident helps pollinators and songbirds, with the additional advantage of enjoyment watching native crops bloom and the guests who come to sip the nectar and munch on the leaves.
To develop into licensed as a National Wildlife Federation Community Wildlife Habitat™ Atlantic Highlands is asking on its residents to certify their very own property at NWF.org/Certify and be a part of training and outreach efforts to find out how residents can create a more healthy wildlife-friendly group. For upcoming occasions or extra details about Atlantic Highlands Gardening for Wildlife, go to ahnj.com (Open Space) and Facebook. For extra details about the National Wildlife Federation’s Community Wildlife Habitat community, go to www.nwf.org/group.
For data on the native program and the way residents and companies, in addition to church buildings, golf equipment and organizations can develop into concerned, contact Marilyn Scherfen at [email protected] or by calling 732-291-8053.