Habitat at Home is the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's (WDFW) effort to encourage Washingtonians to connect with nature where they live. We hope these resources will help you discover fun and effective ways you can help support wildlife.
By creating habitat for wildlife at home, you are helping to offset the acres of habitat that are lost to housing and urban development each year in Washington. Every little bit can help decrease habitat fragmentation, especially in highly urbanized areas.
A habitat is a combination of four elements:
If your garden or outdoor space provides these elements and you participate in sustainable practices, such as using native plants or reducing pesticide use, apply for a sign to recognize your Habitat at Home.
If you can't provide all of the elements of a habitat - it's ok! Providing one or any combination of these elements can still benefit habitat and wildlife conservation.
Did you know? Wildlife habitat doesn't just benefit wildlife, it can benefit you, too. Native plants are adapted to the natural rainfall in your area, and thus require less maintenance. Plants also help reduce storm runoff and can decrease the heat island effect on your home.
Washingtonians love wildlife, but wildlife are not pets.
Learn how you can support pollinators in the city with WDFW Conservation Education Lead Leia Althauser
Raccoons and Wildlife Rehab with WDFW Wildlife Rehabilitation Coordinator Jen Mannas
Did you know that we have Blue Herons in Tukwila? They have been seen in the parks and along the riverbed throughout Tukwila. A couple years ago we had a large nest at Bicentennial Park with babies! This presentation is a partnership between Green Tukwila and the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.
Join habitat biologist Matt Curtis to learn how to identify common Washington birds.
Chum salmon have returned to Piper's Creek, which runs through Carkeek Park in Seattle. After 2.5 to 3.5 years at sea, chum salmon return to Piper's Creek as 7-15 pound adult fish, ready to spawn. About 100 to 600 hatchery and wild chum salmon return to Piper's Creek each year. You can see them at Carkeek Park through mid-December.