Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Building Wildlife Habitats with the District Department of the Environment

Did you know DC has a Wildlife Action Plan? Key to that plan is improving wildlife habitat in private spaces. As the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife puts it:

Photo credit: mean louise
"Since it is already a densely populated area, there are few places where new parks or green space can be created. Additionally, the habitat that is available to wildlife, in parks like Rock Creek, Watts Branch, Fort DuPont and the C&O Canal, is becoming less suitable for wildlife as invasive species continue to spread. We hope to help property owners create good wildlife habitat, create aesthetically pleasing gardens and build community."

In conjunction with that plan, there's a fantastic sounding workshop series coming up. The sessions will combine presentations with hands-on work planting a garden designed for wildlife habitat. What's more, you'll get to take home live plants and a copy of one of our favorite books, Bringing Nature Home by Doug Tallamy.

This is all free, and not limited to residents of the District. Register here.

The Potomac Gorge Habitat
Saturday September 11, 9am-3pm
Palisades Recreation Center
5200 Sherrier Place, NW
Gardening for Birds and Butterflies
Saturday October 9, 9am-3pm
Langdon Recreation Center
2901 20th Street, NE
Gravel Terrace Habitat
Saturday September 18, 9am-3pm
Benning–Stoddert Recreation Center
100 Stoddert Place, SE

Creating Wildlife Communities in Small Spaces
Wednesday & Friday October 13 & 15 5pm-8pm
Hearst Recreation Center
3600 Tilden Street NW
Magnolia Bog Habitat
Saturday Sept 25, 9am-3pm
Douglass Recreation Center
1898 Stanton Terrace, SE
The Beauty and Bounty of Native Cherry Trees
Saturday October 30, 9am-3pm
North Michigan Recreation Center
1333 Emerson Street, NE