The National Wildlife Federation® Certifies New Wildlife Habitat in Indianapolis!
Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab is making a difference to protect wildlife
The National Wildlife Federation® (NWF) is pleased to recognize that the Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab at Marian University has successfully created an official Certified Wildlife Habitat™ site. NWF celebrates the efforts of Marian University to create a garden space that improves habitat 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 ecosystem. There is no more rewarding way to stay connected to nature right outside your door,” said David Mizejewski, naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation.
NWF’s Certified Wildlife Habitat program has been helping people take personal action on behalf of wildlife for more than 40 years. The program engages homeowners, businesses, schools, churches, parks and other institutions that want to make their communities wildlife friendly.
This new certified habitat joins NWF’s roll of more than 150,000 certified habitats nationwide. Wildlife habitats are important to year-round wildlife residents as well as species that migrate, such as some birds and butterflies. Each habitat is unique for both beauty and function.
The NMP EcoLab is 55 acres of restored native wetland and forest habitat, originally restored over 100 years ago by the famous landscape architect Jens Jensen, and is an important space for wildlife to thrive in the middle of Indianapolis. The EcoLab is open to the public from dawn to dusk, and is conveniently located on the north end of Marian University's campus. Students, faculty, and staff of Marian University and members of the community enjoy walking the 2 miles of trails, spending time in the Outdoor Classroom reading or resting, and catching some rays or getting some exercise playing soccer in the field north of the pond. Also, over 5,000 K-12 students visit each year participating in field trips or summer camps! There are many ways for someone to get involved, including participating in Conservation Days to help with restoration, research projects conducted by Marian students or students from other local schools and universities, citizen science projects, and more. For more information on our public or K-12 programs, visit our website at www.marian.edu/EcoLab. If you are interested in volunteering at the NMP EcoLab, contact our Restoration Ecologist, Stephanie Schuck at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on gardening for wildlife and details on how an entire community can become certified, visit www.nwf.org/habitat or call 1.800.822.9919. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future.