Calabasas a ‘wildlife habitat’

The City of Calabasas is putting out the welcome mat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife by registering as a Community Wildlife Habitat with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).

By joining the program, the city says it is making a long-term commitment to wildlife preservation and sustainable gardening practices, such as conserving water, removing invasive plants, planting native plants, and reducing the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers.

“We’re very excited to be part of this effort to improve habitat for wildlife,” Calabasas Mayor Mary Sue Maurer said.

“It is a program that ties together other work we’ve already done to protect all creatures including banning anti-coagulant rodenticides, restricting the use of throwaway polystyrene containers that break apart and are ingested by birds, and restoring cement channels into natural flowing creeks that attract wildlife,” Maurer said.

Since 1973, the National Wildlife Habitat has provided guidelines for making landscapes more hospitable to wildlife.

Through its wildlife habitat program, NWF has certified more than 200,000 sites including yards, schools, businesses, community gardens, parks and places of worship.

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