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Habitat at Home – Tucson Audubon’s Home Habitat Recognition Program

Create safe and sustainable bird and wildlife habitat in your own yard–step by step.
Habitat at Home honors and celebrates homes that have reached increasingly valuable levels of habitat success as models for their neighborhood.

Will you join us by investing in a higher quality of life for birds and people? SIGN UP NOW!

 

HABITAT AT HOME = PLANTS + WATER + YOU + TUCSON AUDUBON KNOW-HOW

LAYERED LOCALS

We guide you in organizing a rich array of locally appropriate plants into meaningful layers of vegetation that provides birds, butterflies, bees, and other wildlife with the nectar, fruit, seeds, insects, nesting materials, and cover they need. Our philosophy emphasizes Sonoran Desert and Sky Island natives, but recognizes that other carefully selected plants can add beauty and habitat value.

SKY’S THE LIMIT

Habitat at Home is not just about the birds and wildlife—it’s also about you, the habitat hobbyist: naturalist, gardener, designer, citizen conservationist, citizen scientist, wildlife steward, life-long learner. Habitat at Home offers you many ways to grow into the role of your choosing—through volunteering, classes, or personal development of your interests right at home.

RAINWATER PLUS

Nothing is more precious in our desert yards than water! Habitat at Home recommends rainwater harvesting features to support your yard—from basins and swales to diverted gutters and cisterns. We recommend for you the best rainwater harvesting experts. We also suggest options for water features that birds and other wildlife need to survive.

ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES

Tucson Audubon has many resources to support you in exploring, expanding, fine-tuning, and evolving your Habitat at Home. From nest boxes for Screech Owls to the latest information on pesticides to avoid, our website, Nature Shop, member library, and inventive programming are all there to support you in developing the Habitat at Home that best fits your interests and yard or patio.

Creating bird and wildlife habitat at your home is not just a key piece of wildlife conservation—it’s a way of life that’s time has come for Tucson and Southeast Arizona. With climate change, drought, and depleted resources degrading so much wild land, it’s up to us to take care of the creatures we love in our own yards and neighborhoods, at churches, schools, parks, and businesses.

HOW IT WORKS

STEP 1 Enroll in the program ($55 fee; $45 for Tucson Audubon members)
STEP 2 Receive Habitat at Home launch packet and yard sign
STEP 3 Fill out habitat self-evaluation of your yard and submit
STEP 4 At the Thrasher level, register for a site visit from our Habitat at Home Team
STEP 5 Stay in touch with Tucson Audubon as you evolve your habitat to the highest levels

SUPPORT BIRDS, BUTTERFLIES, AND OTHER WILDLIFE
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COOL YOUR HOME
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CREATE FUN AND BEAUTY FOR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS
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CONSERVE WATER
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PROVIDE HOMES FOR WILDLIFE
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BRING YOUR FAMILY TOGETHER
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RAISE PROPERTY VALUES
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CREATE A LIVELIER NEiGHBORHOOD
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EXERCISE
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CONNECT WITH DESERT LIFE

TRANSFORM YOUR YARD

RECOGNITION LEVELS

Hummingbird

Simple to acheive and a great place to get started

Goldfinch

All your habitat elements are in place with room to grow

Thrasher

A masterful collection of habitat elements

Cardinal

A dedicated model of home-scale wildlife habitat

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Tucson Audubon Society

300 E University Blvd. #120
Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624