NATIVE WILDLIFE ... The National Wildlife Federation has launched a native plant finder indexed by ZIP code. Enter your five-digit code and a list of flowers, trees and shrubs — complete with photos and Latin names — found in the area will pop up. The idea is to help residents add plants that will attract beneficial insects and birds to their gardens. The index can be accessed at nwf.org/NativePlantFinder/Plants.
BACKYARD HABITAT AWARDS ... Portola Valley recently awarded three homeowners in Westridge, Portola Valley Ranch and Woodside Highlands with 2018 Backyard Habitat Awards. The winners, Delle Maxwell and Pat Hanrahan; Loren and Erika Walden; and Marge DeStaebler, were chosen by the town's Conservation Committee. The award is a piece of intentionally rusted sheet metal topped with a silhouette of an oak tree. It attaches to a redwood post to be placed on the winning properties.
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