Backyard Wildlife Habitat Workshop

The City of Coconut Creek would like to encourage you to help protect the monarch butterfly, and other wildlife, by creating a Backyard Wildlife Habitat. Join us for workshops dedicated to teach you how to create a habitat and how to protect wildlife.  Experts will be on hand to answer your questions.

Check back for upcoming events on Backyard Wildlife Habitats.

Creating Backyard Wildlife Habitats

It’s easy to get started, and you probably have some of the four required elements in your yard already. Whether you have a large or small yard, or even a small patio, you can create a garden that will attract butterflies, birds, and other wildlife. All you need for a successful Backyard Wildlife Habitat is the following:

Wildlife Food Picture

Plants produce the greatest supply of food for wildlife.  Trees, shrubs, grasses, and flowering-plants produce foods such as berries, seeds, acorns, nectar, sap, pollen, foliage, and nuts.  Planting native plants can serve to recreate the natural habitats upon which our local wildlife populations depend for survival.

Water can be supplied in many ways.  If you live on a canal, lake, or pond, you already have an area some wildlife can access.  A fountain, water garden, or small prefabricated pond can also serve as a water source.  For limited space, a birdbath, flower pots, shallow dishes, or irregular shaped boulders (that form puddles on the surface) will do nicely.

Ground Cover picture

Wildlife need protection from predators and coverage from extreme weather conditions.  Trees, plants and other vegetation that provide food can also supply protection and cover.

nesting box

Place for Wildlife to Raise Their Young
The same plants and trees that provide food and shelter, also provide places to raise the next generation of offspring.  Creating several layers of vegetation by planting trees, understory plants, groundcover, and grasses can both serve to protect the various species that call your yard home, while giving them spaces to court a mate, build a nest, lay eggs, burrow in or dig a hole and raise babies.

Once you have provided these elements for a Backyard Habitat, you can take the extra step to register your garden through the National Wildlife Federation and the City will reimburse Coconut Creek residents for the $20 registration fee. To be reimbursed by the City for your $20 NWF Backyard Wildlife Habitat Registration, please fill out and sign this form, and submit to Sharon Vollmer, Urban Forester, via email or mail to City of Coconut Creek, Attn: Sharon Vollmer, 4800 West Copans Road, Coconut Creek, FL 33063.

Mayors' Monarch Pledge

Mayor Becky Tooley is participating in a nationwide effort to advance monarch butterfly conservation by taking the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge.  Some essential components of this effort will be to urge homeowners to plant butterfly gardens, install more native plants, and create wildlife habitats. And, to reward you for doing your part and for exercising your ‘green thumb,' the City would like to cover the $20 registration fee to have your yard certified as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat.

Helpful Links

Information on how to create a
Certified Wildlife Habitat

List of Native Trees
and Plants

Mayors Pledge Link

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Mayor's Monarch Pledge

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