In this issue: Guidelines for a complete yardmap, our new Challenges blog, plus a new featured site.

The Dirt: Joining together to break new ground for birds

August 2012

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Anatomy of a YardMap

Guidelines for a Complete Yardmap

We’re so glad you joined our team of citizen scientists! By now, you may have drawn your first complete yardmap. Maybe even two! We're excited to unveil a set of visual guidelines to help you see what a complete yardmap looks like. No matter what stage you're in, our Guidelines for a Full and Complete Yardmap will help you provide the best possible citizen-science data.
Learn which plants attract which birds
Red-bellied Woodpecker picking berries by Kelly Colgan Azar  via Birdshare

After Making Your First Map...

Join Our Community
Get social in The Neighborhood. We’d love to hear what you think makes your gardening practices bird-friendly, so add your voice to the conversations going on in our community.

Learn About Creating Habitat for Birds
Feel free to learn more about creating habitat for birds on our learn pages.

Discover Local Resources
Explore local resources and more tips that can help you on your next project.

Introducing the Challenges Blog

Got a green reputation to uphold? We're piloting a new blog feature in YardMap that challenges you to sound off about what's good in your 'hood. Every couple of weeks, we will post a new challenge for you to dig into. Some will be simple ways to share what you are doing; others will be more . . . challenging! This month, we challenge you to show off your dormant, brown lawn. Just follow the Challenges group in the Community section to get email updates when we post new challenges.
Black Swallowtail on Liatris
Black Swallowtail on Liatris by paeonia

Featured Site

Have you seen our newest featured site, the Bloomfield Wildlife Bed & Breakfast? Don't miss this gorgeous map, with its unique garden "rooms" and emphasis on natural balances. Read yardmapper paeonia's story today!


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