- October 24, 2018
Time to toot your horn and CELEBRATE!
Honor your hard work with Habitat Network by showcasing your efforts to your community with our GORGEOUS SIGNS.
This is no ordinary yard sign.
This sturdy, 18 inch x 12 inch metal sign grows with your time and effort.
**Additional Fees Apply for shipments to Canada, approximately $25.00
Each year that you participate in our project you are eligible to earn a member sticker for that year–slowly, but surely, filling in the sign with “signs of life” showcasing the butterflies, birds, bees, and flowers that we work to support wherever we garden.
Get your sign and stickers! Celebrate. You have a lot to be proud of when you take the time to participate in citizen science and map . . .
Browse below to view our stickers for each year, beginning in 2012. Every October we will celebrate a new species by unveiling a new annual weatherproof sticker to add to your sign.
2018: Year of the Bird, American Robin
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in partnership with National Geographic, Audubon, and BirdLife, came together to acknowledge and honor the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act by marking 2018 as the Year of the Bird. The American Robin (Turdus migratorius) is an icon across the United States and Canada, and one of the easiest birds to identify. This worm-eater can be seen in almost any yard or community. While they do enjoy lawns for easy hunting, American Robins, like many in the Thrush family, require native berries and fruits, especially in the winter months, making native shrubs a necessity for this bird. Robins require safe nesting areas along with healthy ecosystems for rearing young.
2017: Year of the Luna Moth
Luna moths (Actias luna) are one of the largest moths in North America. They are found predominantly east of the Rockies. Luna moths favor hardwood forests where they lay their eggs on a variety of trees such as white birch, walnuts, sweet gum, persimmon, and sumac. These quiet, private moths are massive in size and a spectacular sight to behold if you are lucky enough to spot one. As a member of the Lepidopteran family of insects, they are critical food sources in their local food chains and provide valuable pollination services during their adult stage (pictured).
2016: Year of the Monarch Butterfly
Monarchs are just one example of the many pollinator species we are planting gardens for to counter habitat loss. As a host-specific species, monarchs need milkweed for laying their eggs to feed developing caterpillars. They also have the longest known migration of any butterfly. Monarchs have become a species of special concern as populations have shown drastic declines in the last decade. Planting native milkweeds and nectar-rich plants in our gardens helps support this majestic migrant.
2015: Year of the Rusty-patched Bumblebee
Rusty-patched bumblebees (Bombus affinis), were historically found throughout the upper midwest, in parts of the northeast, and into southern Canada. At one time a usual visitor in pollinator gardens, this bee population is shrinking rapidly and being closely monitored by the USFWS. In 2015 a petition was submitted for this bee to be listed as an Endangered Species, it was officially listed in 2017. Planting native flower gardens, avoiding the use of pesticides, and providing bare earth for bumblebee nesting sites are easy ways to help protect this precious pollinator at home.
2014: Year of the Saddleback Caterpillar
The saddleback caterpillar (Acharia stimulea) becomes the nondescript slug moth, found east of the Rockies as far north as southern Canada and as far south as Florida and northern Mexico. The caterpillar is the showiest stage but can still be hard to locate while feasting on a variety of hardwood trees and shrubs. Caterpillars are critical visitors to our yards, feeding songbird nestlings and, as adults, helping to pollinate the flowering landscape.
2013: Year of the Ladybug
Ladybugs (Coccinellidae), or Ladybirds, as they are referred to in Britain, are beneficial insects that not only brighten our gardens, but help to keep pesky aphids, thrips, mites, and mealybugs from devastating our flowers and vegetables. Hundreds of native species exist across North America and, while they have the term bug in their common name, they are technically beetles. They can be red, yellow, orange, green, with great variations of black spots on their wing covers. We welcome these beetles in our gardens and, with their help, we can put the pesticides away and let the insects do the work.
2012: Year of the Oak Acorn
Like the acorn, that started small only to become a giant life-sustaining tree, our project began as a small nut in 2012, now supporting thousands of users across the United States and Canada who are creating habitat to support biodiversity. Oak trees are critical resources to hundreds of birds such as numerous species of woodpeckers, jays, and quail. Not to mention the many other ecological services they provide. Honor the oaks–for many big things start as small packages. (Did you know we like oak trees so much we have a poster devoted to them? Check it out and donate to get one.)