Fidalgo Backyard Wildlife Habitat Project

Fidalgo Island / Anacortes / Guemes Island / Shelter Bay  -  A Certified Wildlife Communiy August 2008


Douglas Squirrel Dining
Yards Certified in Shelter Bay: 21
As of August 2010

242 684 810
285 688
345 695
358 695
362 696
414 699
531 702
539 719
593 769
671 785

Buck and Racoon Buddies
This young Douglas squirrel was caught having an afternoon snack on a newly picked pine cone.              
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An interesting encounter between a Buck and two raccoons.  At one point the Buck and one raccoon actually went nose to nose - out of camera view of course

Certify Your Yard Now
Help KEEP Fidalgo Island a Wildlife Community
Shelter Bay, as a community, has a perfect location for wildlife habitat.  The greenbelts give us the shelter and places to raise young.  All we need to do is provide some food besides that available naturally and fresh water.  

Certification is easy.  The best way to do that is click on the following link that will provide you with an application form that will cover both the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).  All of this can be done on-line using the easy-to-follow instructions. Cost is $15 for the NWF that includes a subscription to their magazine “NATIONAL WILDLIFE” and $5 for WDFW that includes a small sign.  A word of caution; the NWF form has their sign preselected and cost $25.00.  Save your money and get the one from WDFW; it is a much cooler sign.  If you have problems signing up for both in one link you may have to visit both the WDFW and NWF websites.  The cost is the same.

On Sunday, February 24, 2007 a group from the Fidalgo Backyard Wildlife Habitat Project group headed up by Rich Bergner gave a presentation sponsored by the Shelter Bay Social and Recreation Committee. The presentation included tables holding examples of the four basic requirements for wildlife habitat; food, water, shelter and places to raise young. They have been active in the Anacortes area encouraging homeowners, businesses, schools and churches to provide the basics in their spaces.
They have invited Shelter Bay to join their quest to certify all of Fidalgo Island as a Wildlife Habitat Community.

All of our lots and greenbelts are just about perfect for providing habitat. You are encouraged to follow the simple steps necessary to certify your yard. The following is taken from their brochure. The website links give a lot more information and the forms needed to sign up.

Fidalgo Backyard Wildlife Habitat Project

Fostering a Community Living in Harmony with Nature

Creating Backyard Wildlife Habitat is Easy

The basic four requirements are:

  • Food: flowers and seeds of trees, shrubs and plants, and bird feeders with a variety of foods.

  • Water: a shallow water dish, birdbath, pond, wetland or moving water.

  • Shelter: a brush pile, rock piles, shrubs, trees and evergreen plants.

  • Places to raise young: snags, trees, shrubs, a wetland and bird, butterfly and bat boxes.

Your yard may already have some or all of these features. Consider how others could be added. Then certify your yard.

Why Certify My Yard?

  • By certifying your yard you become a part of a community of people who are striving for national recognition as a Wildlife Habitat Community. Our goal of Fidalgo community certification can serve as an inspiration to other communities.

  • Sustainable landscaping reduces our dependence on water during dry seasons and mitigates flooding during wet seasons. It also reduces dependence on fertilizers and pesticides which send toxic runoff to our streams and the sea.

  • Inspire and educate others by certifying your yard. Place a Backyard Wildlife Habitat sign in front of people who pass by to see so that they will follow your good example and also come to identify themselves as a community of people living in harmony with nature.

Human life depends on nature.
  • Nature enhances our health.
  • Plants provide pollution control and air conditioning.
  • Trees mitigate floods and wind.
  • Nature is a place for children and adults to explore, exercise and play.

How Do I Get My Yard Certified?

Find information and applications from:
National Wildlife Federation

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Sanctuary Progarm

Anacortes Public Library

Anacortes Parks Department

Questions? We would be glad to help!
Rich Bergner, 360-299-2579
Phyllis Dolph, 360-293-5951
Dick Olds, 360-466-0109 in Shelter Bay

Fidalgo Backyard Wildlife Habitat
Box 881, Anacortes, WA 98221

One Example of a Certified Yard
habitat example
One example of a certified yard with adjacent greenbelt. It includes: food; sunflower seed, suet, thistle, water: a flower pot bottom, shelter: lots of shrubs and trees, places to raise young: lots of trees and brush (bird and squirrel houses to be added). Critters too! The buck is being watched by a Douglas squirrel just to the right of the buck's nose.


snails pace crop Garter snake
Wildlife takes on many forms including this armored slug aka snail. Good thing it has a shell. See the photo right. So it isn't a wife's tale; garter snakes do eat slugs. From the looks of it this one has plenty to eat.

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