I just received my Humane Backyard sign from the Humane Society! It was a donation premium with an associated pledge to provide:
1.) Natural sources of food for wildlife, including native plants.
2.) Water for wildlife through natural or manmade sources.
3.) Shelter and safe places for animals to raise their young.
4.) Avoid the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.
5.) Be aware of the harm free-roaming pets can inflict upon wildlife, and take steps to ensure that my companion animals will not pose threats to wild animals.
6.) Use humane, nonlethal approaches for resolving any conflicts with wildlife.
This 12" x 12" metal sign is going to be posted in my more visible front yard, in hopes it will inspire my neighbors to participate. Perhaps it will also notify the city inspectors that those "weeds" I occasionally get cited for are important plant resources for pollinators, birds and other wildlife. Regardless, I am thrilled to be part of this program as I continue to shrink my lawn by planting supportive habitat.
I found this program through the library... I read, The Humane Gardener, by Nancy Lawson, which is an excellent resource for beginning to experienced gardeners. Everyone can do a little to support our natural environment, see: www.humanebackyard.org Also included in the package are some helpful info sheets & a pair of gardening gloves.