In cooperation with the Delaware Nature Society, the Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware in Lewes have created an environment which has received the Certified Wildlife Habitat designation from the National Wildlife Federation.
This designation recognizes that UUSD has fulfilled the requirements of the NWF’s Garden for Wildlife program, including creating gardens and landscape features that support birds, butterflies, bees, frogs and other local wildlife. Each Certified Wildlife Habitat organization must provide natural sources of food, water, cover and places to raise young, and be maintained in a sustainable way that incorporates native plants, conserves water and does not rely on pesticides.
Unitarian Universalism’s Seventh Principle encourages respect for the interdependent web of all existence, and caring for the immediate habitat is an expression of this principle.
The UUSD members seek to strengthen the connection between spiritual practice and Earth-consciousness, and engage in community action on environmental issues. UUSD was awarded the status of Green Sanctuary by the national Unitarian Universalist Association, a program which helps to bring congregational culture into greater alignment with long-term, environmentally aware faith practice. When UUSD’s new home at 30486 Lewes-Georgetown Highway was designed in 2015, many energy-efficient features were incorporated, including 103 solar roof panels which generate an average of 97 percent of the needed electricity.
“Anyone, anywhere can restore wildlife habitat right in their own yards and communities,” said NWF naturalist David Mizejewski. “Whether you garden in a suburban yard, an urban area, or a rural plot of land, you can make a difference for local wildlife. Creating a Certified Wildlife Habitat environment is the perfect grassroots way to think globally and act locally to help birds, butterflies, bees and other wildlife.”
Celebrating 45 years this spring, the Garden for Wildlife movement has recognized more than 217,000 gardens and landscapes across the U.S., encompassing more than 2.5 million acres that support wildlife.
To certify a wildlife-friendly space in a yard, school or anywhere else in a community, the Delaware Nature Society will provide one free site visit and consultation. For more information, go to www.denature.org/cwh.