Create your own certified sanctuary for wildlife at your home, church, school, common property, or business and help restore native habitat in Northern Virginia through the Audubon At Home Wildlife Sanctuary Program. With our trained volunteer Audubon At Home Ambassadors, we’ll guide you through the process of transforming your property into a haven for birds, butterflies, and other beneficial wildlife. We let the animals decide when your sanctuary is certified – ten sanctuary species using your sanctuary equals certification. Then you can display an attractive sign announcing to all that the animals have decided your property is a certified wildlife sanctuary.

Certification Procedure

  • Determine the Volunteer Coordinator in your county who will arrange a visit to your property by clicking here.
  • Obtain an online application and other information (from the links below) and complete as much information as possible. Don't forget to save the form to your computer.
  • Send the application form to the volunteer coordinator you identified above. The individual will contact you to arrange a site visit.
  • Assuming the site qualifies, co-sign your application with your Ambassador who will retain the application in his or her files.
  • After the volunteer coordinator has visited and qualified your property, send a check for $35 for the yard sign to:

Ste. 100
11100 Wildlife Center Drive
Reston, VA 20190

Map of Sanctuaries in Northern Virginia

App ImagePlease click the image at the right to view the Wildlife Sanctuary Program Web Mapping Application. In addition to providing a larger map viewing window, this application includes a suite of additional map layers that allow you to view relationships between each of the certified properties and their surrounding geographic features.These features include wetlands, parks and public spaces, watersheds, important bird areas, roads, and more. Users are encouraged to explore the application's various functions (Time Slider, Query, Charts/Graphs, Measurements) in order to better understand the program and it's progress towards providing food and habitat for native bird communities. The map will be continually updated with new certified property points, layers, and analytical functions, so stay tuned for more! Please share this with anyone interested in participating in the Wildlife Sanctuary Program, or anyone with an interest in bird-friendly communities, GIS/web mapping, and citizen science. Please contact Charlie Devine with any questions, concerns, or insights regarding this web mapping application:"

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Make a Difference

Make a difference for local wildlife! You can start the process now by sending in an application form, even if you don’t have the 10 species yet. Please send it as an attachment to the Volunteer Coordinator in your county.

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