Now for the (not so) hard part.

Okay!  Part 2 of how to have your yard certified as a wildlife habitat.  It’s both difficult and amazingly easy depending on which choices you make.

The second part consists of writing a free-form essay about your backyard wildlife habitat, what is unique about it, why you like it, and anything you would like to share.  If you are among those that cringe at the thought of having to write an essay, relax!  That’s the hard part.  Now for the easy part of this section.  Ready?  It’s optional!  It’s preferred that you tell a story describing your habitat, but you can leave it blank!  You wouldn’t do that, would you?  Well, it’s entirely up to you.

But you aren’t going to get off that easy!  The next section of the second part asks for you to upload photos of  your habitat into the Wildlife Gardens Flickr group!  And here comes the final twist….this, too, is entirely optional!

No essay, no photos required!  It’s your answers to the first section, where you certify what elements make up your habitat, that determine if it is certifiable.  See how easy?!

Having clicked to continue past the essay and photos (whether you completed those exercises or not), the next question you have to answer is fun.  What name do you want to appear on your Certified Wildlife Habitat certificate?  And here is where you can enter your name or even the name of someone for whom you are getting this certification as a gift.  Pretty neat gift, I would say!

And then, of course, you have to give them your address so they know where to send the certificate.

And that’s it!  You can breeze through the second part quickly.

Next up….the final step to certification.  Don’t miss it!

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