Tennesseans Staying at Home Encouraged to Create Wildlife Habitats in Their Yards

Mar 10, 2020

Two fledgling birds in a nest, leaning forward with beaks open wide.

Tennessee Wildlife Federation—in partnership with National Wildlife Federation—is encouraging residents to create wildlife habitats at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Creating a sanctuary for wildlife is a great activity for Tennesseans to get outside while still following the recommended guidelines for social distancing,” said Tony Lance, the Federation’s in-house certified wildlife habitat expert. “Providing a habitat for wildlife is simple and what you don’t already have laying around your yard can be ordered online.”

With thousands of residents staying at home and only time on their hands, now is the perfect time to join the record number of Tennesseans creating wildlife habitats.

Last year, Tennessee Wildlife Federation partnered with the National Wildlife Federation to help Tennesseans create wildlife sanctuaries in their own yards, big and small. As a result, nearly 300 wildlife habitats were created and certified—50 percent more than in 2018.

Whether you have a rolling rural property or a container garden on your balcony, providing wildlife the essentials is easy and could end up saving you time and money in the long run.

“Ninety percent of Tennessee’s land is privately owned, which means providing for our state’s diverse wildlife is largely up to us as individuals. By doing our part, we help keep Tennessee the most biologically diverse inland state in the country,” said Tony Lance, the Federation’s in-house certified wildlife habitat expert.

LEARN MORE>> Create and certify a wildlife habitat in your own yard

Featured photo by Kalley Cook

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