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Habitat at Home

Your outdoor space isn't just a yard; it's part of your home. It can be home to the birds, reptiles and pollinators of the southwest as well.

It is surprisingly easy to transform your own space, enhancing its beauty, and restoring bird and wildlife habitats. You can help make the urban landscape safe and welcoming for birds.

The Habitat at Home program helps community members transform their outdoor spaces, making them more welcoming to birds and other wildlife. Our concepts are based on the fundamentals of Reconciliation Ecology, helping everyone to nurture habitats in our urban spaces.

START BUILDING YOUR HABITAT TODAY

We encourage everyone with access to an outdoor space, whether it is small or large, to join and participate in our mission of creating urban habitat. When you register, you will receive a Habitat at Home yard sign, educational materials, and resources curated by Tucson Audubon Staff and local experts. You will learn how to turn your yard into beneficial habitat for birds, pollinators, and other wildlife. Do you already have a habitat at home? Looking to do more? Register your yard and join the community.

HABITAT A LA CARTE

Collect them all or pick and choose additional habitat enhancements and receive your approved sticker to add to your Habitat at Home yard sign.

MONARCH

Provide flowering native nectar plants, shelter from the wind, and water puddler for monarchs throughout the year.

CATERPILLAR

Encourage butterflies to stay in your yard and raise their young by providing larval host plants for emerging caterpillars.

NATIVE BEE

Being solitary in nature, native solitary bees are the perfect addition to any garden. Plant native flowering plants and provide nesting opportunities for ground-nesting and tunnel-nesting bees.

MOTH

Provide nectar for moths by planting native species that bloom during the night. Moths, like bats, are nocturnal and are an important food source for insect eating bats.

BAT

Plant an abundance of native agave species to help support nectar feeding
species such as the endangered Lesser long-nosed bat. 

In cooperation with Bat Conservation International

LIZARD

A bio-rich yard with limited
or no pesticide use, rock
piles to provide shelter
for hibernation, and bare
earth for lizards to burrow
and lay eggs.

CAVITY-NESTER

Nestboxes for Lucy’s Warbler, Western Screechowl, Ash-throated Flycatcher, and others. Bee boxes for tunnel-nesting, native, solitary bees. Preserving dead trees that are safe to maintain, providing additional natural cavities.

DARK SKIES

Limit light pollution with downward pointing, covered lights, and motion-activated outdoor lighting.

In cooperation with
Dark Skies International

POISON-FREE

Eliminate the use of insecticides, herbicides, and rodenticides. Practice natural pest removal strategies.

Join the Habitat at Home Facebook Group and share photos of your yard with the community ​