The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is pleased to recognize that Kendal~Crosslands Communities has successfully created an official Certified Wildlife Habitat site. NWF celebrates the efforts of the Community to create outdoor spaces that improve habitats for birds, butterflies, frogs, and other wildlife by providing essential elements needed by all wildlife – – natural food sources, clean water, cover and places to raise young.
“Providing a home for wildlife in our communities – – whether it’s at home or in schools, businesses or parks – – is the demonstration of a healthy and active eco-system. There is no more rewarding way to stay connected to nature right outside your door,” said David Mizejewski, naturalist with the NWF.
“We’ve added numerous meadows over the past years and they provide secure nesting places for song sparrows and abundant food sources for butterflies and insects, says Mark Swick, Grounds Supervisor of Kendal~Crosslands Communities. “Our forests are wonderful havens and home to wild turkey and many bird species such as: the Scarlet Tanager, Woodthrush, Ovenbird, Verry, and various owls,”says Swick.
The Community has over 7 miles of trails, that residents maintain, and it allows them the ability to can get up close and personal to nature. Both residents and staff have created meadows and planted over 500 woody plants on their 500 acre arboretum campus. Nature nurtures and what a better way to enjoy life than right here on the campus grounds.
“It is satisfying to live in a community where ecological values are important to both residents and staff”, says David Mooberry, resident. “In particular, being able to enjoy meadows, woodlands, streams, ponds, and parkland and to participate in making those ecological values a part of our daily life is a wonderful aspect to our community”, says Mooberry.