|Nithi Thillai promotes "Redmond Wild" at the Saturday Market - an organization encouraging|
low maintenance wildlife habitat outside Redmond homes, businesses and schoolyards.
Wildlife is abundant in Redmond neighborhood backyards, easements, parks, and roadsides but the City still isn't recognized nationally for our rich habitat which serves these "critters." Kirkland, Sammamish, Tuckwilla and Bellevue are all certified as "Community Wildlife Habitat" by the National Wildlife Federation. According to Nithi Thillai of Redmond Wildlife, "the Federation needs to certify 90 more homes (condos and apartments, too) for "wildlife habitat" in Redmond before our city is certified. Nithi rents an apartment and composts food.
There's no reason why Redmond isn't on this list other than the campaign is new. Certification is a simple one page questionnaire about the food, water, and shelter sources in your backyard, the places to raise young, and use of sustainable practices like native plants, compost, etc. It gets you thinking a little more about the birds that travel through.
Getting certified is all about awareness of how we can create resources and corridors of viable habitat for wildlife travel throughout Redmond - one backyard at a time. Once the questionnaire is mailed you will get a fee year membership to the National Wildlife Federation, a certificate, and a coupon from the Woodland Park Zoo. Apply here: http://www.redmondwild.org/certify-your-space
Redmond Wild website: www.redmondwild.org Phone: 206-819-4217
Report and Photo by Bob Yoder