This show is not intended for the experienced gardener, but rather a more popular audience. It's great for kids and it's a nice introduction to ecology, family gardening, and making a commitment to conserving wildlife. Even the more experienced gardener can't help but think about the potential their own yard has at attracting wildlife. After just seeing a couple of episodes, my kids are really motivated and excited about working towards our own NWF Wildlife Habitat certification.
At its essence, your yard needs to provide elements from each of the following areas:
- Food: native plants, seeds, fruits, nuts, berries, nectar planted or provided in feeders
- Water: birdbath, pond, water garden, stream
- Cover: thicket, dense shrubs, rockpile, birdhouse
- Places to Raise Young: Dense shrubs, vegetation, nesting box, pond
- Sustainable gardening practices: mulch, compost, rain garden, chemical-free fertilizer
I'll keep you posted about our progress. Check out http://www.nwf.org/ for more information about their certificate program. Their website is an excellent resource for information on wildlife gardening, starting community and school gardens, and Green Hour (which I LOVE). Also, the NWF website has native and invasive plant lists, bird and wildlife field guides, and life lists you can view or print out.