Wildlife-friendly habitat at retirement communities benefits both seniors and wildlife alike—from providing relaxing scenery to offering a much needed green oasis for birds in an urban environment. For seniors considering creating wildlife-friendly habitat at their community, there are several of organizations that provide expertise  and certification.

In Rethinking the Value of Your Community’s Landscapes, posted on Assisted Living Federation of America's Member to Member Solution page, I highlight the benefits of wildlife-friendly habitat and senior living provider, Erickson Senior Living, whose residents and staff embrace the idea of creating wildlife-friendly habitat at their communities.

These are photos of Oak Crest in Parkville, Maryland showing wildlife-friendly habitat in action.

[caption id="attachment_32678" align="aligncenter" width="270"]Oak Crest Village Parkville, Maryland Wildlife-certified habitat that residents enjoy every day while strolling through the campus.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_32679" align="aligncenter" width="270"]Cherry Trees on Oak Crest Village's Campus Wildlife-friendly habitat adds to the beauty found on the Oak Crest campus.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_32680" align="aligncenter" width="270"]Residents and Staff Participating in Spring Clean up Residents and staff participating in the annual spring clean up of the garden area.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_32676" align="aligncenter" width="270"]Green Roofs on an Oak Crest Village building Other sustainable practices include green roofs on several campus buildings.[/caption]