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Audubon at Home Property Enrollment

Enroll your property now and help create habitat for birds and other wildlife one yard at a time!

Audubon at Home is a program that strives to increase food and water sources for wildlife, shelter and nesting opportunities, native plantings, and biodiversity while decreasing the spread of invasive plants, lawn size, water and pesticide use, and polluted runoff. Generally, the typical yard consists of a mowed grass lawn bordered by an assortment of shrubs, trees, and flowers. These grasses, shrubs, trees and flowers are often exotic to the region, and may not provide any benefits to native wildlife. In addition, homeowners often must apply large amounts of money, time, water, pesticides and fertilizers to maintain their yards appearance. Now, let us imagine just a portion of each yard differently.

On every property, whether an apartment balcony, a townhome, a suburban house or a rural farm, there is potential to create sustainable and natural habitats. In simple changes, and small steps, we can all take an active role in conservation that benefits not just nature, but mankind as well. Actions such as planting native plants, conserving water, and reducing pesticide use can lead to improvements in environmental health and habitat quality. So are you up for the challenge to see things differently?

30 yards will be enrolled in 2016 and registrations begin on March 11th at 8:00am.

Fee: $125 for one year

It is as easy as one, two three

  1. Enroll your property and determine the level of participation
  2. Commit to a series of action steps in your yard
  3. Receive technical help and incentives to help achieve your goals

AAH Program Description: Create Bird Friendly Habitat One Yard at a Time

  • Enroll your yard and decide at what level you want to participate
  • Volunteers will contact you to schedule your yard visit
  • Enjoy incentives to help you get started
  • Enjoy the abundant birds, butterflies and other wildlife that will be attracted to your yard
  • Opportunity to attend monthly educational programs on various topics to help you reach your goals
  • Once you have reached the level you are striving for you will receive your yard sign
  • Celebrate your success and the good you have done for our feathered friends and the environment

Participation Levels:

Silver:

  • Remove all Silver invasive plants
  • Plant 5% of plantable yard area with native plants
  • Participate in Hummingbirds@Home *Citizen Science Program
  • Select one item from *Wildlife Habitat and *Stormwater Management option

Silver Level Invasive Plants

  • Bush honeysuckles (Amur, Morrow, Tatarian) (Lonicera sp.)
  • Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata), o Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
  • Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria)
  • Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)

Gold:

  • Remove all Silver and Gold invasive plants
  • Plant 15% of plantable yard area with native plants
  • Include three vegetation layers
  • Participate in Hummingbirds@Home Citizen Science Program and one other *Citizen Science Program
  • Select two items from *Wildlife Habitat and *Stormwater Management options

Gold Level Invasive Plants

  • Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)
  • Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii)
  • Asian Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)
  • Bradford/Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana), Cutleaf teasel (Dipsacus laciniatus)

Platinum:

  • Remove all three levels of invasive plants
  • Plant 30% of plantable yard with native plants
  • Include all vegetation layers
  • Participate in Hummingbirds@Home Citizen Science Program and two other *Citizen Science Programs
  • Select three items form *Wildlife Habitat and *Stormwater Management options

Platinum Level Invasive Plants

  • Tree-of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima)
  • Japanese Knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum)
  • Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)
  • Common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
  • Glossy buckthorn (Frangula alnus)

*Wildlife Habitat, Stormwater Management & Citizen Science Options

Wildlife Habitat – create more

  • Install a wildlife water feature (bird bath or pond)
  • Provide avian nest or roost boxes for native species
  • Create a pollinator garden with a mix of forbs and grasses and three bloom times
  • Install native bee house that gets morning sun
  • Install a bat house
  • Keep cats indoors or in an outdoor enclosure
  • Keep a dead snag (at least 5 ft. tall) or brush pile
  • Pledge Lights Out – reduce outdoor lighting during spring and fall migration
  • Reduce bird window collisions by assessing problem windows and treating to reduce strikes 

Stormwater Management – take action

  • Have a large tree(s) for storm water absorption – it can be a non-native tree
  • Have a rain garden(s)
  • Have a rain barrel(s)
  • Impervious pavement is less than 10% of property – minus house
  • Pledge to reduce pesticides – No use of moderate/high-hazard yard/garden products for one year Grow Smart Grow Save app is available as a resource
  • Use a rain sensor on an existing irrigation system
  • Use a drip irrigation system
  • Pledge to PUP ( Pick-Up Dog Poop), which reduces pathogens in the water system
  • Mulch your beds to reduce water loss, erosion and herbicide use

Citizen Science – help scientists

  • Hummingbirds at Home – Help Audubon Scientists understand how climate change, flowering patterns and feeding by people are impacting hummingbirds
  • Project Feeder Watch – Monitor your feeders during the winter
  • Nest Watch – Monitor your yard for bird nests during the spring and summer
  • Journey North – Help track the monarch butterfly migration each fall and spring as the monarchs travel to and from Mexico
  • Celebrate Urban Birds – Collect data on what influences the location of birds in urban areas
  • Great Backyard Bird Count – count birds at your feeder in February

How does Audubon help you accomplish these goals?

  • Volunteers and staff conduct an initial yard assessment to help you identity what you have in your yard and garden and what level of participation that you would like to work towards
  • 30 participants will receive $100 worth of native plants from Scioto Gardens to help get you started on your yard transformation
  • Membership to Audubon
  • Initial yard visit
  • Wild Birds Unlimited: 10% off
  • Scioto Gardens: 10% off
  • Natives in Harmony: 10 % discount and rotating specials
  • Timber Press Books – 30% off Doug Tallamy Books, Bringing Nature Home and The Living Landscape
  • Monthly Education programs held at the Audubon Center
  • Periodic Workshops or Lectures to further your knowledge
  • Visit the A@H garden at the Center to get ideas and talk to volunteers
  • Good Nature Organic Lawn Care: $50 off of a late summer/fall Slice Seeding, or $10 off a specialized service (soil test, aeration, or pelletized compost topdress), when signed up on a full fertilization program.
  • Kurtz Brothers: special offers on mulch and native plants

Once you are enrolled in the program you will be contacted to set up your initial home visit.

Rewards for completing your level of participation: Subject to Change

Silver

  • Invitation to a celebration party at the Center
  • 2 free tickets to Birds Bands and Beer = B3, September 16, 2016 at the Audubon Center
  • EcoFlora – 2% off for the year
  • Yard Sign

Gold

  • Invitation to a celebration party at the Center
  • 4 free tickets to Birds Bands and Beer = B3, September 16, 2016 at the Audubon Center
  • Timber Press books – 20% off and free shipping over $50
  • EcoFlora – 5% off for the year
  • Yard Sign

Platinum

  • Invitation to a celebration party at the Center
  • 6 free tickets to Birds Bands and Beer = B3 September 16, 2016 or  4 free tickets to Flight of Fancy in the spring (2017) at the Audubon Center
  • Timber Press books – 30% off and free shipping over $50
  • Free Daily Saver Membership at Wild Birds Unlimited, Sawmill Location
  • EcoFlora – 10% off for the year
  • Yard Sign

Enrollment Link for Audubon at Home Program

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