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Habitat at Home – Celebrating Urban Habitat

Habitat loss is by far the leading source of human-caused bird mortality. The problem is so huge in its scope and scale that creating positive change through individual action can seem frustratingly futile. But our individual efforts to create and enhance habitat in the spaces we control can be incredibly effective. 

Habitat at Home was founded on the basis and realization that urban landscapes are key in the ecological restoration of degraded and fragmented natural areas and that if we deem these urban, human-dominated landscapes as not suitable in supporting wildlife, we will lose an unforgivable amount of biodiversity. In defense of urban habitat’s importance and its potential to provide beneficial habitat for birds, pollinators and other wildlife, Habitat at Home enables homeowners to be stewards of their land; those who are willing to reconcile their needs with the needs of wildlife. 

Our Mission:

To create and enhance bird, pollinator, and wildlife habitat in urban landscapes through education, individual and community participation, recognition, and restoration.

MORE NUANCED PROGRAM GUIDELINES
We’ve revised our general guidelines to be both more focused and inclusive. Our concepts are based on the fundamentals of Reconciliation Ecology, helping everyone to invent, establish, and maintain new habitats in our urban spaces.

HABITAT À LA CARTE
Choose from 10 different habitat à la carte enhancements, or engage all 10. These specialized categories help you create habitat for everything from caterpillars to lizards, and include initiatives such as dark skies protection and pesticide-free gardening. See below.

 Join our Facebook Group to share info and photos, and be sure to follow us on our Instagram page!

                 

 

CREATING URBAN HABITAT—4 Basic Elements & 7 Key Components

PLANTS

  • LOCALLY APPROPRIATE PLANTS
  • VEGETATION LAYERS
  • REMOVAL OF INVASIVE SPECIES

PROTECTION

  • REDUCING HAZARDS

WATER

  • WATER FOR WILDLIFE
  • WATER FOR HABITAT

HOME

  • HOMES IN HABITAT

See the details of the 4 Basic Elements and the 7 Key Components

HABITAT A LA CARTE – DOING MORE WITH HABITAT AT HOME

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

See the detailed Habitat at Home A La Carte Menu.

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. 

Upon registration, you will receive a Habitat at Home yard sign as well as educational materials curated by Tucson Audubon Staff and local experts that will guide and teach you how to create beneficial habitat for birds, pollinators, and other wildlife.

Join the program now

 

REGISTER YOUR HABITAT

Do you already have a habitat at home? Looking to do more? Register your yard and join the community. 

Upon registration you will receive your Habitat at Home yard sign with correlating level sticker(s) as well as all of our educational materials that will help you further enhance your backyard habitat.

Join the program now

 

GETTING STARTED IS EASY

  • Sign up online, the cost is $35 for members, $45 for non-members (one-time registration fee)
  • Take advantage of the additional resources on this site to assist you in building your habitat

TRANSFORM YOUR YARD

GET INVOLVED

Share your achievements, get advice, and see what other Habitat at Home members are doing in their backyards by joining our Facebook Group. Or share your photos with Tucson Audubon by emailing habitat@tucsonaudubon.org.

Become a Habitat at Home Volunteer by emailing us at habitat@tucsonaudubon.org.

RECOGNITION LEVELS

Hummingbird

Do you have limited time, resources, or space for a landscaping project? Are you a renter who can’t make big changes to your yard? This level will guide you to make a small hummingbird planter garden on a patio.

Goldfinch

Are you working with small space, or integrating native plants into a majority non-native garden? This level will guide you to make a pollinator garden with a water feature that you can adapt to small spaces.

Thrasher

Ready to take on a full-scale yard project? It’s time to create a yard that collects water, produces food for birds and humans, and integrates a majority of native plants.

Cardinal

You’re ready to be a champion for birds! This level will guide you in designing a “naturescape” that is bird friendly, sustainable, and designed to lower heat island effects through an integrated approach to landscaping.

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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
520 415-6447

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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
520 415-6447

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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
520 415-6447