Habitat Heroes

Happy Holidays & Thanks for Being Habitat Heroes!

Our Mission: Grow a network of habitat for songbirds and pollinators in gardens across the Rocky Mountains and beyond, save water for our streams and rivers, and restore our joy in nature every day. 

Happy Holidays! (A wreath can provide habitat too: a house finch nested in this one.) Photo: Susan J. Tweit

Thank You For An Outstanding Year....

Thanks to each of you and your enthusiasm for providing habitat in your gardens, yards, and parks and other public spaces, 2014 was a great year for the Habitat Hero project.

Wildscape 101 Workshops

We offered 9 workshops in eight cities and towns throughout the Rocky Mountain region, from Casper, Wyoming, to Pueblo, Colorado. More than 800 people attended our Wildscape 101 programs. Thank you, Lauren Springer Ogden, for headlining our workshops!

Wildscape 101 workshop in Casper, WY

And thanks to our workshop sponsors: University of Wyoming Extension Service, Natrona County; Southeast Colorado Water Conservancy District; Colorado State University Extension--Pueblo CountyArkansas Valley Audubon; Denver Water; City of Fort Collins Utilities; City of Aurora Water Conservation Division; and Greater Arkansas River Nature Association.

We participated in Pro-Green, the annual "green industry" convention in Denver, thanks to sponsorship from Plant Select®.

Hometown Habitat

Hometown Habitat, a national film about the people making a difference in restoring nature at home.

We were filmed for the "Hometown Habitat" environmental film project by filmmaker and passionate habitat gardener, Catherine Zimmerman of The Meadow Project. View the trailer with Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home.

(You can help support this groundbreaking film, featuring Doug Tallamy, here.) Look for "Hometown Habitat" at film festivals in 2015!

Habitat Hero Awards

Thanks to our workshops, vigorous social media campaign, and support from our major partners, Plant Select® and High Country Gardens, applications for our Habitat Hero Awards tripled from last year, the first year of the program.

Habitat Hero Garden sign

We awarded the coveted Habitat Hero sign (and bragging rights) to 28 projects: public gardens, landscape/horticulture professionals, residential yards, plus a multi-family complex, a schoolyard and a trail system.

We Couldn't Have Done it Without You

It was a record year for us in so many ways, and you, the passionate gardeners, plants-people, landscapers, and park, golf course, public garden, and trail system managers helped spread the word, and the excitement about restoring habitat for songbirds and pollinators right at home where we live, work and play. Thank you!

Jacobs wildscape, Pueblo, CO, a 2013 Habitat Hero Award-winner

And to our partners at High Country Gardens and Plant Select®--you helped us grow in ways we couldn't have imagined. Deepest thanks!

What's Next?

We're taking a break for the holidays until mid-January. Next year begins a new chapter for the Habitat Hero project. The staff of Audubon Rockies is taking over the project from the start-up team, and they are already planning events, including a Wildscape workshop in Cheyenne, WY, in late March.

Look for more news here after mid-January. And in the meantime, if you're looking for a last-minute gift, don't forget our Colorado Wildscapes book.

Broad-tailed hummingbird on the stalk of a common sunflower (Helianthus annuus) on a formerly industrial property. Photo: Susan J. Tweit

Winter is a great time to plan next year's habitat gardens, so "Habitat Up!" and help Audubon Rockies keep the momentum going.

Happy Holidays from Connie, Susan and Sienna. Thank you for being Habitat Heroes!

Join Audubon RockiesPlant Select® and High Country Gardens in promoting wildscaping. Be a Habitat Hero.

How you can help, right now