Roosevelt’s green campus and native prairie restoration is literally bursting with life this summer. It now serves as an important oasis for migrating birds, insects and animals of all types. Humans benefit too, from the proximity to biodiversity and also from enjoying the beautiful vistas, discovering biodiversity, native wildflowers and natural storm water management techniques displayed on campus.
By providing food, water, cover and places for wildlife to raise their young, Roosevelt University’s 2-year old prairie has earned recognition from the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat. Located in Schaumburg, one of the largest urban centers near Chicago, the campus is surrounded by shopping malls and commercial buildings–urban habitat which is unfriendly to wildlife.
The National Wildlife Federation has encouraged individuals and communities to create and conserve wildlife habitat since 1973, when the Backyard Wildlife Habitat™ program (now called the Certified Wildlife Habitat® program) began. Today, there are more than 150,000 Certified Wildlife Habitat™ sites across the country. Most habitats can become certified. If you would like to find out how to certify your habitat, visit: http://www.nwf.org/How-to-Help/Garden-for-Wildlife/Certify-Your-Wildlife-Garden.aspx