Our Mission: Grow a network of habitat for songbirds and pollinators in gardens across the Rocky Mountains and beyond, save water for our streams and rivers, and restore our joy in nature every day.
2014 Habitat Hero Awards Are Open!
Does your garden, landscape or park provide habitat for songbirds and pollinators? And is it located in the Rocky Mountain region, especially Colorado and Wyoming?
If so, it may qualify for the Habitat Hero Award. The award is open to gardeners, landscape designers and managers of public parks, landscapes and working lands in the Audubon Rockies region.
Habitat Hero awardees receive the beautiful all-weather garden sign above, the Habitat Hero Birdwatchers Pre-Planned Garden designed by Lauren Springer Ogden, a copy of our Colorado Wildscapes book; and are featured in our programs, blog and website, and in our newsletter.
What is a Habitat Hero Garden?
It’s a diverse landscape based on plants native to our area or adapted to our region, rich in nectar, seeds and berries. It’s healthy, water-wise and alive with songbirds and pollinators.
More specifically, a Habitat Hero garden:
- Includes diverse layers, shelter and nesting opportunities for wildlife.
- Provides natural food (a Habitat Hero garden is based in plants that provide food for wildlife in different seasons, especially those native to your area).
- Offers water for drinking and bathing.
- Does not spread invasive species.
- Is water-wise, energy-saving, and does not rely on regular use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
How Do you Apply for The Habitat Hero Award?
It’s not hard. Answer two questions and supply up to five photos of your garden according to the guidelines below. Send your application to us via email to: email@example.com
Narrative: Answer these two questions (short answers are fine!):
- What motivated you to create a wildscape garden?
- What makes your wildscape special? For example, the story of creating it? The plants you use? Birds and other pollinators it attracts?
(Please send the answers in a Word document as an attachment. Include your contact info—name, address, email and a contact phone number in the document, as well as whether you are a member of National Audubon, and if so, which chapter.)
Photos: submit up to five low-resolution photos in jpg format showing how your garden meets the Habitat Hero objectives. Include brief captions, and a written acknowledgement that you give the Habitat Hero program permission to use your photos for educational purposes. (Note that contributed photos will not have any monetary value.)
We love to see favorite native and regionally adapted plants; birds, butterflies and other pollinators on plants; water features; and before/after garden shots. Please do not send photos of people.
- Wildscapes that show the greatest habitat diversity in providing food, shelter and water for wildlife.
- Wildscapes that reflect creative solutions in saving water and using a variety of regionally appropriate plants.
DEADLINE: Entries accepted from April 15 through October 15, 2014. Habitat Hero finalists will be announced in November, 2014.
Submit narrative & photos via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.