Native plantings at Gina’s – “Haycock Looking to go Wild” Morning Call 7/20/11,0,4573761.story

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Monarda “Petite Delight” Raspberry Wine Bee Balm attracts a humming bird moth but is a good repellent for deers. The plant lines a walkway at Gina Frederick’s home in Haycock Township. The family’s landscape is full of native plants instead of a traditional lawn.

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Haycock looking to go wild

Effort under way to have township certified by National Wildlife Federation as community habitat.

BY Melinda Rizzo, Special To The Morning Call

It’s no surprise to anyone passing through Haycock Township that the rural Bucks County municipality is teeming with birds and bunnies, leafy plants and trees and gleaming waterways.Now a longtime resident wants to get national recognition for the work residents and businesses have done to create such habitats in their backyards and on their properties.Julie Fagan, an associate professor at Rutgers University, is spearheading an effort to have Haycock certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a community wildlife habitat.
The National Wildlife Federation is a nonprofit organization aimed at conserving and protecting native wildlife and landscapes, according to the group’s website.Community wildlife habitats are places where residents and businesses have made a point of fostering areas where wildlife can obtain food, water, cover from the elements and places to raise their young.Nationally, about 53 communities have received the designation. None is in Pennsylvania, but regionally Bethlehem and Hamburg are trying to be among the first.To qualify for the application, 50 Haycock residents must agree to apply to have their yards certified. The township needs a total of 250 points to be eligible. Points are assigned to homes and businesses that make the effort to comply with the certification guidelines.There are no restrictions on the use of a property after it’s certified. But guidelines regarding the identification and removal of invasive plants, as well as the creation of low-impact habitat, are part of the certification process.Last week, Fagan, who teaches animal sciences, appeared before the Haycock supervisors to drum up support. She brought along one of her students, who will be helping her.

“This is part of a senior project for some of my students,” Fagan told the supervisors.

Lisa Giordano, a Rutgers senior majoring in biochemistry, explained the benefits of the designation.

“There are three goals to benefit the Haycock community as part of our application: to savebats and bee populations, to identify and remove invasive plants and replace them with native species, and to limit the use of environmental poisons to frogs, fish, birds and humans,” she said.

She also said some of the requirements are easy to achieve. “You don’t have to build large water ponds or sources. A small watering area for birds and animals would be enough,” Giordano said

Giordano and others will be available for the remaining weekends in July to do home visits with interested residents and conduct inventories of their yards. There is no cost for their time.

Supervisors were unsure on whether to give their blessing to the effort, which isn’t required but would go a long way in generating interest.

“I’m not saying we don’t support this effort, but before we make any recommendations or spend taxpayer money — even as little as $25 for the application fee — we need to be sure enough residents want this,” said supervisors Chairwoman Kathy Babb.

Fagan maintains there is grass-roots interest, and she believes people just need to know what it means to have a certified wildlife garden.

“I think we have expertise in the community, and we’re willing to go door to door if that’s what it takes to let people know about this,” Fagan says.

Gina Frederick joined the effort about a month ago. Frederick said she has had a life-long interest in wildlife that led her to become a certified ecological landscape designer.,0,4573761.story

Native honeysuckle is in bloom at Gina Frederick’s home in Haycock Township. The family’s landscape is full of native plants instead of a traditional lawn.

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