Habitat Hero

Habitat Hero Photo            7th Annual Habitat Hero Workshop Jan. 12-14, 2021                “Nature’s Best Hope”

Interested in becoming a Habitat Hero?  The Habitat Hero program is run by Audubon Rockies.  More about the program and how to apply is located on the Audubon Rockies website.   


The Cheyenne Habitat Hero Committee thanks everyone who attended the 7th annual Habitat Hero Workshop Jan. 12-14.  Links to all of the presentations (free) are provided below. 

Nature's Best Hope - CoverWorkshop keynote speaker Jan. 12 at noon was Douglas Tallamy, author of the national best seller, “Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants.” Tallamy discussed simple steps that each of us can—and must—take to reverse declining biodiversity and explained why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope. “Nature’s Best Hope” is the name of his latest book. Learn more at Homegrown National ParkView his presentation here:  Tallamy

Jan. 13, noon, Jim Tolstrup, Director of the High Plains Environmental Center (HPEC) in Loveland, Colorado, spoke about “Successful Gardening with Native Plants of the High Plains.” Centerra, the 3000-acre mixed-use development where HPEC is located has been certified by the National Wildlife Federation as the first Wildlife Habitat Community in Colorado. Jim shared favorite native plants, information on how to grow them, and specific wildlife benefits that the plants provide.  View his presentation here: Tolstrup

Jan. 14, noon “Winter Sowing Plant-Along – Laramie County Master Gardener Michelle Bohanan presented an explanation and demonstration of the winter sowing technique, a way to start native plants in protected mini greenhouses (like milk jugs) left outdoors in winter.  No artificial heat or light are required.  View her presentation here: Bohanan 

2020-08-02--DRC_0326Thank you Sponsors!   Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon Society, Laramie County Master Gardeners, Community Wildlife Habitat Project-West Edge District, and Audubon Rockies Habitat Hero.  Habitat Hero is an Audubon Rockies program that encourages people to grow landscaping that will support birds, bees, butterflies and other wildlife. Details on how to apply for Habitat Hero certification are at https://rockies.audubon.org/habitat-hero

For more information, contact Barb Gorges, 307-287-4952, or bgorges4@msn.com.


Cheyenne now has its own Habitat Hero Demonstration Garden!  Thanks to our friends at the Board of Public Utilities (2416 Snyder Avenue), our community has a public garden that demonstrates how to have lovely plants that require less water providing the habitat that pollinators need.  Check out their website at BOPU Habitat Hero Demo Garden.

Aster with Bee

Special thanks to the following who joined with the Cheyenne High-Plains Audubon Society to make this garden possible:  Audubon Rockies, Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities, Community Wildlife Habitat, Gardening with Altitude, Laramie County Master Gardeners, Star Cake Plants, and Zak George Landscaping. Special thanks also to all of the volunteers who came out before and during the event to make this garden possible.

Finally, we recognize our friends and colleagues who join us in making Laramie County a better place to live, work, and play every day: Laramie Conservation District, Rooted in Cheyenne, Cheyenne Botanical Gardens, and the Laramie County Library.

Watch this page for more photos about how our garden grows this summer!

Planting Day: June 2, 2018 (Worker-Bees make it happen!)


Planting Day: June 2, 2018 (400 plants to go into the ground)

September 2018 – only months after planting the garden is enjoyed by butterflies of all types.  Favs include Butterfly Bush “Miss Ruby” and “New England Pink” Aster.  Well over 100 butterflies were seen on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the BOPU Habitat Hero Garden on Snyder Ave.  Stop by and see for yourself!  (Migration is in process – our little friends may not be around for long).

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Resources for Habitat Hero.

Are you interested in gardening for pollinators and other wildlife?  Check out our collection of materials below.  2016-07-03-dscf7244

 Lecture Materials from 2017 Presentations:

 2017 Habitat Hero Handout – recommendations of the best plants to grow in the Cheyenne area from Wyoming native plant expert Jane Dorn.

You can purchase your own copy of Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home by Catherine Zimmerman.  The cost is $ 35.00 and the DVD is available at https://themeadowproject.com/.


The Habitat Hero program, managed by Audubon Rockies, has a web site, http://rockies.audubon.org/habitat-heroes, that contains a wide variety of information, including how to apply for recognition for your garden.  The application season usually opens in late summer.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Winter Sowing starts your garden at the perfect time – an interview with Michelle Bohanan by Barb Gorges (3/6/2016 Wyoming Tribune Eagle).

Growing Native Plants of the Rocky Mountain Area, by Robert Dorn and Jane Dorn, is available at http://www.lulu.com as a print-on-demand book.  (Go to “Shop”, then Search on “Dorn” in the “Home & Garden” section of lulu.com to find the book.)  It has color photos of 500 native plants and information on how to grow them, and how to garden for wildlife.  It is also now available as a digital disk from this Audubon Chapter for just $ 10.00.  To purchase a copy, call Mark or Barb Gorges at 307-634-0463. 

Plants with Altitude is another great resource by the UW Extension office.  To purchase a copy ($ 5.00 per copy, $ 8.00 with shipping) call the Laramie County office at 307-633-4383.  For more information, see their website at http://wyomingnativegardens.org/

Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, by Douglas Tallamy, is available at http://www.timberpress.com/ or at most bookstores.

Wyoming Wildscape is a Wyoming Game and Fish Department publication written and updated in Spring 2015 by non-game biologist Andrea Orabona.  It has specific gardening instructions and a plant list.