- Anyone can create a wildlife habitat
Matthews Naturally is an initiative spearheaded by Habitat and Wildlife Keepers (HAWK), a chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, and in partnership with the Town of Matthews.
It is based on the Wildlife Habitat Certification program created by the National Wildlife Federation.
Once certified as a Community Wildlife Habitat, Matthews will join 60 other communities in the country with that designation. Matthews will be the fourth Community Wildlife Habitat in North Carolina and the largest certified habitat and North and South Carolinas.
As of July 1, 2012 there are 148 homes, 5 educational setting and 8 public parks and businesses certified. Our “points” with NWF are up to 207 of the 250 we need to become certified as a Community Wildlife Habitat
To certify the town HAWK members have done projects such as the gardens and signage at Squirrel Lake Park, invasive plant removal on the greenway and many talks to groups. We’ve held monthly educational meetings at the Matthews Community Center on a wide variety of topics. To help out you can do your part by certifying your yard or business. This is easy to do. All you need to do is provide food, water, cover and places to raise young for wildlife. Once you’ve done that log on to www.nwf.org/gardenforwildlife. There is a $20.00 fee with addtional benefits such as newsletters and a one year subsciption to one of NWF’s magazines. You’ll enjoy the benefits of your wildlife habitat as well as you begin to find and watch wildlife frequenting your yard.
Enjoy our website as you go through the pages for more informtion on certifying.