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Little Habitat Project

Small spaces, big benefits: creating community and connectivity for wildlife.

The Little Habitat Project aims to create more resilient and sustainable ecosystem functions in places where wildlife and people intersect by promoting habitat connectivity, enhancing biodiversity and food webs, and engaging community members in conservation efforts.

Certify your little habitat through the Little Habitat Project! Anyone can enroll any size habitat they’ve created in developed areas like neighborhoods, parks, and other sites listed below.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • Little Habitat Project yard sign.
  • Native plant sale coupons.
  • 1-year membership to the Salem Audubon Society.
  • membership in a supportive community.
  • more to come!

Certification Components

Click on the icons below to learn more about each certification component.

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Infra- structure
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Service Area

The Little Habitat Project serves developed areas of Marion County including:

  • Private Yards/Gardens
  • Townhomes/Apartments
  • HOA Common Areas
  • Schoolyards/ Universities/Community Colleges
  • Assisted Living Centers
  • Public Parks
  • Places of Worship
  • Municipal Buildings & more!

Target Species

We help project participants develop habitat and connectivity for these categories of wildlife:

  • Pollinators
  • Birds
  • Beneficial Insects
  • Bats
  • Reptiles
  • Amphibians
  • Mammals

Certification Process

  1. Review the Certification Criteria.
  2. Determine which actions you will take to qualify.
  3. Submit an enrollment form. The Little Habitat Project coordinator will contact you to review the next steps.
  4. Implement any practices needed to qualify for the certification level of your choosing.
  5. Submit the certification form. (The coordinator will provide this to you.)
  6. Once you are certified, you will receive: a) Little Habitat Project yard sign, b) Native plant sale coupons, c) 1-year membership to the Salem Audubon Society, d) more to come!

Certify Your Habitat

View the certification checklist to see what the certification requirements are.

Enroll in the Little Habitat Project today and the project coordinator will contact you to discuss next steps.

Contact Us

Contact our Urban Conservation Planner for help with enrollment in The Little Habitat Project.

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Kassi Roosth
Urban Conservation Planner
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