The Callaway Nature Preserve is our own yard, our personal sanctuary to watch birds from our windows and patio chairs. We have been working hard to replace grass with native plants, and have installed water-drippers, bird feeders, bird houses, and even a bat house (which has yet to have any visitors).
As a bonus for certifying your yard, we received a year’s membership with NWF including their magazine. But most important to us is being able to show our neighbors and friends just how great it is to have a yard that is welcoming to wildlife. Anyone can create their own nature preserve and the cost is more in the time and effort than monetary. (Although you can still end up spending a lot if you aspire to have water features, etc.).
We have sighted 96 species of birds in our preserve and hope to break 100 this spring!