Tallgrass Creek's Campus is Now a Certified Wildlife Habitat

OVERLAND PARK, KS (May 3, 2013) - The 65-acre campus of Tallgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park has been recognized as being an official Certified Wildlife Habitat™ site by National Wildlife Federation (NWF). The Tallgrass Creek campus attracts a variety of birds, butterflies and other local animals by providing a wildlife-friendly landscape. More than 40 different species of birds have been identified on the campus. Squirrels, rabbits, beavers, coyotes, and deer can be seen regularly, and one Tallgrass Creek resident swears she has seen a bobcat. In order to become certified, Tallgrass Creek had to provide the four basic elements that all wildlife need: food, water, cover and places to raise young. In addition to providing for wildlife, certified habitats such as Tallgrass Creek conserve natural resources by reducing or eliminating the need for fertilizers, pesticides, and/or irrigation water, which ultimately protects the air, soil and water. NWF began the Certified Wildlife Habitat program in 1973, and has since certified almost 150,000 habitats nationwide. The majority of these sites represent the hard work and commitment of individuals and families providing habitat near their homes, but NWF has also certified more than 3,000 schools and hundreds of business and community sites. The average habitat is between 1/3 and 1/2 acre, but certified sites range in size from urban balconies to many acres. About Tallgrass Creek: Tallgrass Creek, which has more than 300 residents, offers extensive wellness and prevention programs, balance assessment and fall prevention programs, and Fitness and Aquatics Center. Also, there are nearly 100 resident-inspired and resident-led clubs, committees and interest groups in these categories: art; cards; computers & technology; dance; faith-based and interfaith; film, fitness and sports; games; gardening; investments; lifelong learning; music; literature, philanthropy; political awareness; theater; woodworking; and writing. Construction is now underway for a continuing care neighborhood. Tallgrass Creek, which is managed by Erickson Living, is located at 13800 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66223.