Wildlife Habitat

Shy Wolf Sanctuary is now certified as a wildlife habitat because of conscientious planning, landscaping, and sustainable gardening, wildlife will find quality habitat at the sanctuary – food, water, cover, and places to raise their young.

The National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife Program helps people restore habitat and wildlife populations to our cities, towns and neighborhoods. Since 1973, the program has been educating and empowering people turn their own small piece of the Earth—their yards and gardens—into thriving habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife. In doing so, the Garden for Wildlife program helps wildlife and gives people a daily connection to the natural world, literally outside their door.

“We are honored to join the National and Florida Wildlife Federations’ network of wildlife habitats”, stated Shy Wolf Sanctuary president Deanna Deppen. Some of the animals who find a temporary or permanent home at the sanctuary include squirrels, lizards, woodpeckers, cardinals, bluejays, grackles, pileated woodpeckers, hawks, ground doves, doves, ringneck doves, broad winged butterflies, swallowtail butterflies, finches, wrens, raccoons, rabbits, black snakes, rat snakes, and palm rats. Indigenous plants like butterfly plants, beauty berry, poke weed and wild fox grape vines, along with large oak and sabal palm trees provide shelter and shade for the animals. Two waterfalls placed on the property provide a water source.

The National Wildlife Federation is a voice for wildlife, dedicated to protecting wildlife and habitat and inspiring the future generation of conservationists. Wildlife’s ability to survive the challenges of the 21st century is becoming outpaced by the events that are transforming our world. Global warming, the loss of habitat, and people becoming more disconnected from nature than past generations are converging on a dangerous path for our planet. The work of NWF and our affiliates across the country provides answers to these challenges and will help ensure America’s wildlife legacy continues for future generations.

The Florida Wildlife Federation is a private, statewide, non-profit citizens’ conservation education organization composed of thousands of concerned Floridians and other citizens from all walks of life who have a common interest in preserving, managing, and improving Florida’s fish, wildlife, soil, water, and plant life. As the State Affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation, FWF has been improving Florida’s wildlife since 1936. The “Goal” of the Federation is to be the leader in promoting, through education and political action, the conservation, restoration, sound management, and wise and ethical use of Florida’s natural resources, to the end that present and future Floridians may live, work and pursue traditional outdoor activities in an outstanding natural environment.


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