GCNJ Backyard Wildlife Habitat

National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest

We know you all garden for wildlife!  And, you could probably make great use of $1,000!  Our Partner, National Wildlife Federation, has invited our members to enter their first annual Garden for Wildlife™ Photo Contest, open for entries from September 10th – October 12th, 2018.

They are seeking photographs that illustrate the faces of Garden for Wildlife through striking, colorful images showcasing the impact of habitat gardens on wildlife and people – in urban, suburban, and rural settings, and on land, in the air, and in water.

Photographs may be submitted in one of the following four categories:

 PEOPLE IN THE WILDLIFE GARDEN

 CLOSE-UP NATIVE PLANTS AND THEIR WILDLIFE VISITORS

 WILDLIFE OBSERVED WHERE PEOPLE LIVE, WORK, PLAY, LEARN, AND WORSHIP

 WILDLIFE GARDEN HABITAT FEATURES AND LANDSCAPES

Photo Contest Winners:

Grand Prize (one winner): $1,000 cash prize
Runner-Up (one winner): $500 cash prize
Category Winners: One winner from each category will receive a bird feeder and a copy of Wildlife Gardening: Tips for Four Seasons.

Young Habitat Photographer: Photos taken by youth (age 18 or younger) may be submitted by a parent or guardian on their behalf in any of the categories above to be eligible for this prize. One winner will receive a bird feeder and a copy of Wildlife Gardening: Tips for Four Seasons.

Visit www.nwf.org/gfwphotocontest for photo tips and more information.  The entry forms and instructions will be available on that site on September 10th.

Submit multiple entries, identify yourself with NGC after your name, and show the world that NGC members take gardening for wildlife seriously!

SPECIAL NOTE:  We know that many of our members, clubs, and states have held outstanding wildlife gardening projects.  National Wildlife Federation has expressed interest in showcasing National Garden Clubs’ projects in their National Wildlife Magazine.  What a great opportunity that would be!  Please send pictures and write-ups about those special projects to this chairman and, with your participation, we will see if we can make this happen!

~ Becky Hassebroek, Wildlife Gardening Chairman, beckyhasse@aol.com, 907-456-3066

 

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Every garden club member and garden club is encouraged to sign on to the National Pollinator Garden Network’s campaign entitled “Million Pollinator Challenge”, register your private property, community gardens, school gardens, public gardens by following these steps:

  1. Go to National Garden Clubs’ website:  www.gardenclub.org, click on News & Events where you will find information on the “Million Pollinator Garden Challenge”. It will direct you to Pollinator Partnership’s website: www.pollinatorpartnership.org where you can click on the “SHARE” logo and register your private and public gardens on a map of the United States.
  2. This is a special for NGC members only (all our garden club members) through NGC’s partnership with National Wildlife Federation. Go to the National Garden Clubs’ website:  http://www.gardenclub.org/, Sign in at the top where it says “login member” with a username of member, and a password of flight.  That will take you to our members’ home page where you should see a Special 2015 Promotion for NGC Members to Establish a CERTIFIED WILDLIFE HABITAT and receive a quality metal sign for only $35.00 (normally a $55.00 value) plus other benefits. This promotion has been extended through December 31st, and you will find a welcome page for us on the National Wildlife Federation website.

Please join this amazing nationwide effort “to empower a million private citizens and organizations to plant pollinator gardens nationwide.”

Jeannie Geremia, GCNJ Backyard Wildlife Habitat Chair