Community Conservation through Backyard Habitat Program

Audubon Launches the Community Conservation Through Backyard Habitat Program

      Quick registration links: 10/20 Gardening for Pollinators | 11/10 Supporting Birds in Winter

What’s better than one Backyard Habitat? A whole neighborhood or neighborhoods of Backyard Habitats! Audubon is currently working with 4 community partners to create Backyard Habitats in Garfield, McKeesport, Glassport, and Wilkinsburg. In addition to being enrolled in ASWP’s Certified Backyard Habitat program, participants also get a flat of native native plants to start or grow their habitat.

ASWP is excited to partner with the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, Steel Rivers COG, Wilkinsburg Pollinator Garden Group, and Tri-COG Land Bank on this exciting adaptation of our CBH program.

In Summer-Fall 2021, the program was opened to residents of Glassport, McKeesport, and Wilkinsburg. All of the available slots for those neighborhoods were filled quickly and we are currently working to identify ways to expand the program. If you live in Glassport or McKeesport and would like to sign up for the waiting list, you can express interest here. If you live in Wilkinsburg and would like to sign up for the waiting list, you can express interest here.

Enrollment for the program will open for residents of Garfield in Spring 2021. If you live in Garfield and would like to be notified when the enrollment opens up, please fill out this form.

Financial and other support for the Community Conservation Through Backyard Habitat project has been provided by the Department of Environmental Protection's Environmental Education Program. With their support, a total of 105 CBHs with starter gardens will be created in these neighborhoods.

If you’re interested in expanding this program to your neighborhood, please email

Backyard Habitat Neighborhood Series

ASWP is offering a series of free, online educational programs for residents of McKeesport, Glassport, Wilkinsburg, and Garfield as part of this initiative. Additional programs will be added, so keep an eye on this page for more educational programs to help you grow your habitat.

Gardening for Pollinators, October 20, 7 pm: - register here

Gardens of any size can attract pollinators. Join us to better understand the keys to a successful butterfly garden in western PA and ways we can use our gardens to help our local native bee species. Using native plants and eco-friendly landscape practices provide essential elements that insects need to thrive. The link to join the program will be emailed before the program -- be sure to register so that you receive this information.

Supporting Birds in Winter, November 10, 7 pm - register here

When winter sets in, birds depend on plant resources to provide critical nutrients as insects become scarce. We will discuss how we can help sustain birds during the harsh winter months using bird-friendly native woody plants and ways to prepare your landscape at the end of the season to support resident birds through the winter.

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