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Celebrate Alki’s Wildlife Habitat! May 23, 2009 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

May 22, 2009

The place to be on May 23, 2009 is at the Alki Bathhouse between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The National Wildlife Federation will certify Alki as a NWF Community Wildlife Habitat. West Seattle is in the spotlight because Alki, Seattle’s birthplace, will be the first community in the Seattle-Metro area to become a wildlife habitat. It will also be the fifth community in Washington State and the 31st in the nation to be certified.

West Seattle businesses should expect larger than usual crowds as the Alki community parties with local dignitaries, nature enthusiasts, tourists and the passing parade of bikers, skaters and joggers. Swirl to live music, nibble on light refreshments and bring the kids. There will be children’s activities; you’ll have a good time learning from representatives of our burgeoning environmental community how you can create your own wildlife habitat.Native plants will be available for purchase. Media coverage will be local, regional and national because Alki leads a national trend to counter habitat loss to development. Over 125 private homes and businesses provide water, shelter, nesting places and food sourcesfor our native wildlife. These sustainable landscapes are pesticide and herbicide free without excess watering. Lawns are yesterday. Native plants are easier to maintain, kinder to the environment and shelter our feathered
friends. The Alki Community Council through its sponsorship of the Alki Wildlife Habitat Project has set an example for other communities in West Seattle to pick up the banner and open corridors for wildlife throughout the peninsula. This is just the beginning and you are invited to the kickoff event.

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