It's Mammal Monday and we're celebrating Ranger Rick, the raccoon mascot of the National Wildlife Federation! Vienna VA is working to become the next Wildlife-Friendly Certified Community, which means that we'll have businesses, schools, churches, and homes throughout our town who have committed to making their property "wildlife friendly".
What does "wildlife-friendly" mean? It means that your property has food, water, cover, and places for wildlife to raise their young. It's that simple! And "wildlife-friendly" doesn't necessarily mean "big". Even a balcony garden can provide the four requirements for butterfly species -- plant milkweed (a larval plant, or a place to raise young) and native flowers (food and cover for butterflies) in flower pots, and put out some water, and you've got a habitat for monarchs!
Join the Town of Vienna and get your home or town certified Wildlife Friendly! It makes Ranger Rick want to dance for joy!