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Backyard Habitats

Cape May doesn't only get visitors of the people variety. Over 400 species of migratory birds call Cape Island their home for at least part of the year, making Cape May a world-known birding destination. Numerous endangered and threatened bird species can be found on the island. Cape May City, led by the Green Team and the Environmental Commission, is promoting an effort to have the National Wildlife Foundation declare the entire Cape Island (including Cape May City, Cape May Point, West Cape May and part of Lower Township) a certified wildlife habitat.

Cape May City has adopted a Landscaping and Vegetation Plan Ordinance which encourages the use of natural indigenous vegetation. The ordinance as well as the City´s Master Plan references specific planting lists from "Planting to Attract Hummingbirds and Butterflies" and "Shrubs and Vines that are Beneficial to Birds".

The City itself has a Water Conservation Garden at Madison and Cape May Avenues which hosts a variety of low water use and wildlife friendly plants. The Garden is an effort by the City and the Environmental Commission to impress upon the public the need to conserve water and to provide options for low water vegetation. A coloring book and brochure have been prepared and continue to be distributed to educate the public of the Water Conservation Garden. A grant was received last year which has given the Environmental Commission funds to print additional copies of the coloring book and brochure.

These educational items are available at City Hall, the Nature Center and Harborfest.

To learn more about how to create a backyard habitat, click here.

The Cape Island Community Wildlife Habitat project is being led by the New Jersey Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation’s state affiliate organization in the Garden State.

Click here to make the pledge to create a backyard habitat.