20 focus species were chosen as representatives of four habitats and niches.
These animals represent a variety of conditions that are present in high quality environments that support human, plant, & wildlife health.
We specifically chose animals that have been found - by citizen scientists! - in the area within the last 5 years. It's true, there are other species we could have selected that are of higher conservation priority, but we wanted to make sure that we would be supporting the habitat of species that are definitely present, and abundant enough to take advantage of some new high quality homes for them. When you find some of the species we've highlighted here, you can be sure that some more rare and shy ones are being taken care of too!
A few of the species we selected are top conservation priorities, such as the Monarch Butterfly. Some are really rare gems that indicate the highest quality habitat (let us know when you spot an Acadian Flycatcher!). Most are like the Box Turtle - they are still pretty common but are experiencing severe drops in populations and need our help to stick around. And a few are common species, like the Red-Bellied Woodpecker, that are really fun to find and tell us that certain habitat requirements are being met.