Many native bees, butterflies, and other pollinators start to emerge in the early spring when the weather begins to warm up, but pollen and nectar can be hard to come by. The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has a Native Plant Finder (nwf.org/NativePlantFinder/Plants) to help you create your pollinator garden using native plants such as bright yellow California poppies, Eschscholzia californica; yellow bush sunflowers—encelia Californica, and vivid pink hummingbird sage—Salvia spathacea.
By providing food, water, cover, and places for wildlife to raise their young, you are eligible to have your yard recognized by NWF as a Certified Wildlife Habitat.
When you certify, you’ll join more than 240,000 gardeners across America who provide safe places for wildlife like birds and butterflies to thrive. Creating a wildlife habitat garden not only helps wildlife, it gives you a beautiful place to experience nature every day.
Certify your garden by telling NWF how your yard or garden provides habitat and the NWF will recognize it as a Certified Wildlife Habitat by purchasing and posting an exclusive sign. The secure application processing fee and sign purchase ($20) directly support NWF programs to protect wildlife and its habitat.
More details at nwf.org