Wildlife Habitat

The Environmental Literacy Council has identified that "The shrinking of the buffer zone between people and wildlife in urban locations has brought increased interaction between people and wild animals. And, while diseases are often carried by wildlife, an increase in urban wildlife is often an indicator of environmental improvement. The most visible urban wildlife typically include birds, squirrels, raccoons, deer, and bats; less visible species include a wide variety of insects, in addition to spiders, slugs, earthworms, and various species of reptiles and amphibians. Some, like cockroaches, have formed a symbiotic relationship with humans and thrive by living off of the by-products of human populations. Every urban rooftop, patch of grass, vacant lot, garden, and small stream can support a miniature ecosystem of their own.

Today, these green movements have expanded to reclaim abandoned industrial spaces, promote city farmer's markets and incorporate more green space into urban design through the use of green roofs, native landscaping, and the expansion of public parks and gardens."

That's when the National Wildlife Federation and Philip's Academy became a team.  Seeing the need to provide urban wildlife with a food source, shelter and a place to raise their young, Philip's Academy's rooftop garden quickly became a certified wildlife habitat for Newark's urban wildlife.   With the addition of bird feeders, trees for shelter and a water source we have gone from pigeons to peregrine falcons and from slugs to monarch butterflies.  We have produced a field guide identifying over 30 species of flora and fauna.  We have taught the community of Philip's Academy that everything that we do as a human race has an effect on the natural world around us.

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Newark, NJ 07103
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