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Do Your Part by Helping Matthews Maintain Its Community Wildlife Habitat Status

Do Your Part by Helping Matthews Maintain Its Community Wildlife Habitat Status
Are you a wildlife lover?  Are you a bird watcher?  Do you love to see butterflies in your yard? Do you have a Matthews mailing address (28104, 28105 or 28106)? If you answered yes to any of these questions, YOU can be part of Matthews Naturally.  

In 2012, Matthews became the 4th community in North Carolina and the 64th community in the United States to earn the distinction of becoming an Official Certified Wildlife Habitat® through the North Carolina Wildlife Federation.

matthews-naturallyMatthews Naturally is an on-going local initiative spearheaded by Habitat and Wildlife Keepers (HAWK), a chapter of the NCWF, in partnership with the Town of Matthews. Their purpose is to help maintain our Wildlife Habitat Certification year after year by helping to educate and encourage local residents to restore habitat in commercial and residential areas.

Whether you have an apartment balcony or a 10-acre farm, a schoolyard or a business park, or anything in between, you can do your part by helping keep Matthews a welcoming haven for local wildlife. You can easily create a backyard habitat that attracts beautiful wildlife and helps restore natural habitat throughout our community by providing food, water, cover and a place for wildlife to raise their young.

You are not only helping wildlife, but you also helping Matthews earn points toward maintaining the status of being a Certified Community Wildlife Habitat whenever you register your habitat online.

GFW-MonthWant to be part of this?  Provide food, water, shelter and places to raise young – in your yard, at a school, business or a place of worship. Then go to www.nwf.org/gardenforwildlife to certify your site. Cost is $20 which includes your personalized certificate, a subscription to our e-newsletter Wildlife Online – Habitats Edition, a full year’s membership in NWF including subscription to National Wildlife® magazine, 10% off NWF catalog merchandise, and more.  You can even purchase an official sign announcing your place is a certified wildlife habitat.

Do you have more questions?  Contact Debbie at fostdebbie@gmail.com or Jill at jpalmer53@earthlink.net for more information.

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