Reston, Virginia -- Sept 11, 2011 National Wildlife Federation (NWF) announces that the property of The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast, located in Rocky Mount is now recognized as an official Certified Wildlife Habitat site. The property attracts a variety of birds, butterflies and other local animals by providing a wildlife-friendly landscape.
Shellie Leete, owner-innkeeper at The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast has spent the last few months training to acquire a Virginia Master Naturalist Certification, she is a proponent of caring for our planet and a conservationist. The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast is already a certified green lodging in Virginia through the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), but Shellie wanted to go a step further and share the Wildlife Habitat she and her husband Tony have created on the property. The property is .58 an acre in the town of Rocky Mount itself, and consists of three ponds, old growth trees, hedges, shrubs, trees bearing fruit and nuts, and plenty of cover for birds to rear their young. Meeting the four basic requirements:
The process for becoming a certified Virginia Master Naturalist typically takes 6 to 12 months. One starts by completing a 40-hour basic training course offered by a local chapter of the program. An additional 8 hours of advanced training are also required. An important part of the certification process is the required 40 hours of volunteer service. For more information visit the blog Shellie created for the Blue Ridge Foothills and Lakes Chapter (BRFAL) http://brfal.blogspot.com/
Habitats not only nurture year-round resident birds, but also provide stopover sites for migratory birds traveling between their summer and winter ranges. The Claiborne House B&B can also be considered a BB&B "A bed and breakfast for birds!"
Biologist Mark Hostetier of the University of Florida says that "urban environments are an important factor in the future conservation of many species. Not only has urban sprawl grown into the paths of stop over sites on bird flyways, but the sheer volume of human development has changed the amount of area available for nesting and overwintering."
Shellie says "We hope to innspire you to do the same! Go to the NWF website for more information. http://nwf.org We also want you to consider where the best bang for your buck is, the next time you visit a hotel, with a concrete parking lot, cookie-cutter disinfectant smelling hotel rooms, think of the alternatives out there, the small family-owned and operated B&B's who care about the environment and wildlife. Make your decisions wisely, each one of us has a role to play in the conservation of our planet. Show you care and choose a green lodging instead: www.virginia.org/
Visit our website to learn more about The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast." http://www.claibornehouse.net/
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