National Wildlife Federation Certification
COMMUNITY WILDLIFE HABITAT CERTIFICATION
As many of you know, the Town of Townsend has the distinct honor of being the 1st community in the State of Delaware and the 42nd community in the Nation to be certified as a Community Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). The certification did not come easily – it was received in April, 2010 after three (3) years of dedication by Town Council, residents and various outside agencies – all of whom were intently focused on protecting our environment. Numerous events took place over the course of these 3 years, including tree plantings and educational seminars, and various partnerships were formed along the way with residents, schools and organizations. A library maintained at Town Hall contains information and press releases about these activities and events. Complimentary NWF publications on how to construct backyard ponds, nesting boxes and bird feeders, as well as information relating to environmentally friendly practices for lawn reduction, attracting butterflies and wildlife are also available at Town Hall upon request.
The Town once again re-affirmed its commitment to preserving the environment on Earth Day 2016 by holding a tree give-away (where native flowering white dogwood, eastern redbud and eastern red cedar trees donated from the NWF were presented to residents), by issuing a proclamation to declare Earth Day 2016 as Mayor’s Monarch Pledge Day in the Town of Townsend and by announcing plans to partner with the Townsend Elementary School and the Delaware Nature Society to plant a monarch butterfly garden at the school. The garden was subsequently planted by very enthusiastic second grade students in May.
We continued our commitment to the protection of pollinators by installing a demonstration butterfly garden at Town Hall with the help of Brownie Troop 914 in May, 2017.
The troop then brightened up the appearance of the garden by painting and placing stepping stones in the summer of 2018. The garden is tucked away in the back corner of the Town Hall property, not very visible from the parking lot, so the Town partnered with Lowe’s Home Center and Cub Scout Pack 351 in 2019 to build a walking path to the garden from the parking lot to draw more attention to the “demonstration” garden.
The Town will continue its active role in promoting environmentally friendly practices that involve the community and protect wildlife for our children’s future. Please contact us with any ideas or suggestions for future events that you feel would benefit our students, scouts, and residents – we would love to hear from you. We would also be happy to provide you with information on how you can have YOUR yard certified as a Natural Wildlife Habitat.
Townsend continues to meet all requirements for re-certification as a Community Wildlife Habitat and was re-certified for its 10th year on August 25, 2020.
Mayor McDonald has committed to saving the monarch butterfly and other pollinators with his signing of the 2021 Mayors’ Monarch Pledge and looks forward to engaging residents in building more pollinator habitat through the Town.
Go to www.nwf.org to learn more about the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).