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City as a Sanctuary

By February 10, 2013

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Many birders enjoy birdscaping to turn their yards into mini-sanctuaries, but the city of Walla Walla, Washington goes even further. According to the Pioneer from Whitman College, the entire city was designated a bird sanctuary a decade ago. Officials recognize the importance of birds to the city's quality of life, and encourage steps to protect birds from cats and non-native eastern fox squirrels. The local National Audubon Society chapter, the Blue Mountain Audubon Society, also works to raise awareness of local birds and encourages residents and visitors alike to enjoy their avian neighbors.

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Walla Walla River
Photo Glenn Scofield Williams


February 10, 2013 at 9:51 am
(1) cathartes says:

Our local Audubon here in Portland started a special “Backyard Habitat Certification Program” a few years ago. It encourages people to landscape their yard with wildlife in mind. They send someone out to help you plan, how to choose native plants, how to provide water sources and cover. When everything is done, you receive a special acknowledgment and certificate for providing habitat for wildlife. It’s fun, it’s educational and of course it helps our native wildlife.

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