Wildlife Habitat Info

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Vicki Culbreth
Vicki Culbreth
Environmental Education Coordinator
Email Vicki Culbreth
Phone: 770-641-3742
Hours & Location
Monday - Friday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

11570 Maxwell Road
Alpharetta, GA 30009

Community Wildlife Habitat Certification

Help Roswell maintain is Certified Community Wildlife Habitat designation! The City of Roswell became a certified Community Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation in 2013. You can help Roswell maintain that status by getting your own property certified as a wildlife habitat. You just need to provide food, water, shelter, and a place to raise young for native wildlife. Whether you have an apartment balcony or a 20-acre farm, you can create a garden that attracts beautiful wildlife and restore habitat.

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More About Wildlife Habitats

Why Is This Important?


As more of our natural landscape is converted into an urban playground, we are losing biodiversity. It has been estimated that 33,000 native animal and plant species are imperiled and functionally extinct, which means that their numbers are too small to serve their purpose in an ecosystem. Biodiversity is what provides us with clean air, pristine water, fertile soil, and buffers us against extreme weather events. We must remember that humans will not be able to survive on this planet alone – it is other species that provide the services that we depend on.

What Can I Do?


The best way to restore biodiversity is to create habitat and cultivate native plants. An artificial landscape of lawn and ornamental trees is a mostly sterile environment that lacks a diversity of insects. While many people think of insects as pests, they are actually the group of organisms most directly responsible for transferring energy from plants to the upper levels of the food web – namely, us. Take away native plants, and you take away these vital insects. Every time we plant a non-native ornamental instead of a native, we are reducing the amount of food in the ecosystem.

As a bonus, native plants are adapted to survive in our clay soils and drought prone climate. They require less maintenance and watering and can be just as beautiful as ornamental plants.

How Do I Get Started?


Contact 770-641-3742 if you have questions about this program.




Resources

Books

  • A Georgia Native Plant Guide by Tina M. Samuels
  • Native Alternative to Invasive Plants by C. Colston Burrell
  • Gardening with Native Plants of the South by Sally Wasowski
  • Peterson Field Guide: Caterpillars of Eastern North America by Daniel L. Wagner
  • Bringing Nature Home - How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants by Douglas W. Tallamy

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