Eddie and Kay Calhoun are helping make Phillips County a better place to live for some four-legged and winged creatures. The Calhouns have successfully created an official “Certified Wildlife Habitat” site on their property and the National Wildlife Federation has recognized their efforts.
According to the NWF, the Calhouns created a garden space that improves habitat for birds, butterflies, frogs and other wildlife by providing the important basics all wildlife need –natural food sources, clean water, cover and places to raise their young.
“Providing a home for wildlife in our communities – whether at home, in schools, businesses or parks – is the demonstration of a healthy and active eco-system,” stated David Mizejewski, naturalist with the NWF, in a press release. “There is no more rewarding way to stay connected to nature right outside your door.”
“We want to do our part in preserving the habitat of wildlife and to offer an environment that is inviting to them,” stated Kay Calhoun. “It gives us so much joy to watch the resident deer, fox, squirrel, raccoon and other wildlife, as well as the migration of species of birds and butterflies as they return each year.”
“Nothing is more rewarding than knowing that what we are doing is beneficial to the wildlife and is creating the right environment to attract wildlife to our yard and in return we are able to watch, learn and enjoy,” said Eddie Calhoun. “By adding water, native plants and refuge, we have been able to create our own space that is alive with all kinds of wildlife. They are beautiful and we are so happy to be able to provide what they need.”
For 40 years, NWF's Certified Habitat Program has helped individuals take personal action for wildlife.
The NWF reports that each habitat is unique in beauty and function. Each habitat provides year-round wildlife residents and migrating species, a safe and friendly environment.