Bluewater Bay, FL
- Registered: September, 2016
- Population: 9900
- Located on the Florida Panhandle
Bluewater Bay is an unincorporated residential and golf resort community located between Niceville and Destin in Okaloosa County, Florida, on the north shore of beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay, along Northwest Florida’s “Emerald Coast”. Sandwiched in between the Bay and the massive Eglin Air Force Base Range, which is largely wilderness, Bluewater is teaming with every sort of wildlife imaginable – marine, birds, mammals, reptiles, and on and on. Our community has 70 miles of paved roads, 19 manmade lakes and/or ponds, wildlife sanctuaries, nature trails, private community parks, sports and recreation facilities, greenbelt areas, and 7 miles of biking/hiking trails.
- Registered: July, 2013
- Population: 1200
- Located about 20 minutes southwest of Charleston
The town of Callahan, Florida is located near the Florida and Georgia border in the Northeast most section of the state (20 minutes north of Jacksonville). The town was named for Daniel Callahan, who helped build a railroad here in 1854. The community of 1200 individuals celebrates it’s motto -“crossroads to the future”. The community is composed of over 300 family homes, 100 apartments, six schools and about 60 businesses which the local 4-H club who is spearheading the Callahan Community Wildlife Habitat certification project will work on getting certified over the next three years.
Collier County, FL
- Registered: April 2012
- Population: 322,000
- Located on the Gulf coast of Florida, in the southwest part of the state
Collier County is the second largest county in Florida, and it includes parts of Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve as well as two National Wildlife Refuges. Beach resort cities Marco Island and Naples are also part of this lovely seaside county. The county is named after real estate magnate Barron Collier, who introduced paved roads, electric power, telegraphs and countless new businesses and homeowners to Florida's last frontier. Keep Collier Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful®, is the organization leading the Community Wildlife Habitat project. Keep Collier Beautiful sponsors regular programs like Coastal Cleanups and Adopt-a-Canal that work to reduce litter and keep county waterways clean.
Cooper City, FL
- Registered: October 2012
- Population: 30,074
- Located 15 miles southwest of Fort Lauderdale
Cooper City's has the distinction of being a Tree City USA for over 20 years and their logo is a tree and the words "Someplace Special". Cooper City was chosen by Family Circle magazine as one of the 10 best towns for families. The city has excellent park and recreational facilities and exceptional schools. The Cooper City Commission voted in 2012 to ensure that "Someplace Special" is also "Someplace Green". They have instituted several successful programs to conserve water and protect water quality. For the past 20 years, the city has held an annual tree and plant care workshop.
Columbia County, FL
- Registered: October, 2009
- Population: 69,000
- Located in north-central Florida, along the Georgia border
Columbia County is a rural community that is rapidly becoming urbanized. It has become the center for commercial and medical needs for the region north of Gainesville. Because of its many pristine rivers, springs and forests, this area of Florida has become a Mecca for natural tourism. The Osceola National Forest and Pinhook Swamp are in the county, as well as the Suwannee, Santa Fe and Ichetucknee rivers and their tributaries. The Community Wildlife Habitat team consists of a diverse group of experts, including a Commissioner of Columbia County and the mayor of Lake City.
Coral Springs, FL
- Registered: March, 2006
- Population: 126,852
- Located northwest of Fort Lauderdale
Coral Springs is a suburban community in Broward County bordered by the Everglades on the west. The city's motto is "The premier community in which to live, work and raise a family." Its main challenges are development pressure, urban sprawl, long-term water management strategies and invasive species such as Brazilian pepper, Australian pine and melaleuca. Species of concern include gopher tortoises, burrowing owls and wood storks.
Deerfield Beach, FL
- Registered: June, 2010
- Population: 77,000
- Located 14 miles north of Fort Lauderdale
Deerfield Beach is a coastal city with a lovely white sand beach, canals, lakes and preserved parks. It is a city of mixed ages and was ranked #1 by Money magazine on their “Where Homes are Most Affordable” list. The city has a strong support for preservation of the environment by staff and volunteers of the Deerfield Beach Arboretum, Deerfield Beach Island Park, the Chamber of Commerce and the city Beautification Committee, as well as from the mayor and city commissioners. Deerfield Beach has been awarded the “Blue Wave” designation from the Clean Beach Council.
- Registered: January, 2013
- Population: 143,000
- Located just south of Fort Lauderdale
The City of Hollywood is a built-out urban Atlantic coastal community. Residents include year-round residents and "snow birds", who travel north for the warmer months of the year. Businesses are primarily tourist and service oriented—hotels and motels, restaurants, shops, medical facilities and various services. Many of the residents are retirees, although those still in the workforce commute to Fort Lauderdale, Miami and West Palm Beach. The Community Wildlife Habitat project is being led by the City of Hollywood, the Hollywood Green Team and representatives of the Brighter Future Foundation and Earth Advisors.
Hallandale Beach, FL
- Registered: October, 2008
- Population: 35,800
- Located in Broward County, just north of the Miami-Dade County line
Hallandale was founded as a town in 1927, was reincorporated as a city in 1947and in 1999, it officially changed its name to Hallandale Beach. The city includes a mile of Atlantic Ocean beachfront and it maintains seven community parks, a tennis center, a municipal pool, a cultural center and a cemetery. The population of the city swells to nearly 50,000 during the winter months. In the past few years, the city has seen a resurgent growth in new commercial and high rise development. The project is being led by the city's Department of Public Works.
- Registered: September, 2014
- Population: 300
- Located in southwestern Miami-Dade County
Lakeridge is a town home community, with a population of approximately 300, located in southwestern Miami-Dade County, Florida. Within the community is a 30 acre lake which is home to bass, turtles and numerous species of waterfowl. There is a small park and there are many green areas with ferns, other ground covers, oak and palm trees and nectar plants to attract butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators.
Pembroke Pines, FL
- Registered: September, 2014
- Population: 106,306
- Located in southwest Broward County
Though the City of Pembroke Pines is the 10th largest of Florida’s 400+ municipalities, its friendly small-town feel is why so many call it home. Pembroke Pines is conveniently located in southwest Broward County with easy accessibility to primary highways and interstates, key employment centers, entertainment venues, parks, golf courses, restaurants and retail/commercial destinations. Named “one of the best cities to live in America,” and a Tree City for over 20 years, Pembroke Pines is home to over 160,000 residents. Its 28 superior parks and lush landscaping throughout neighborhoods and public places enhance the City’s natural beauty and South Florida charm. Pembroke Pines, incorporated in 1960, is a safe and desirable community. The recipient of many awards including “All-America City,” Pembroke Pines is known for its commitment to the arts and culture, its outstanding schools, exciting South Florida lifestyle for all ages, cultural diversity, numerous parks and forward thinking in an ever-changing world.
Plantation at St George Island, FL
- Registered: December, 2015
- Population: 300
- Located off the panhandle of Florida, 70 miles southwest of Tallahassee
St George Island was established as a residential community in 1977 on the west end of St George Island, located in the Panhandle of Florida. In the past The Plantation has served as: a home and campsites for Native Americans for hundreds of years, a turpentine plantation, an area for keeping cattle, and a practice area for military forces preparing for the invasion of Europe during World War ll. The Plantation has 3 distinctive Habitats: Coastal, Maritime Forest, and Bayside. The Plantation is a member of the Florida Native Wildflower Society, is a nationally certified Firewise Community, has been recognized by the Florida Communities of Excellence Awards Program and won First Place in 2014 in the category of Florida Friendly Landscaping. We believe in regeneration and restoration of native Florida wildlife and plants. We also support the migration of the Monarch Butterfly and continue to provide milkweed to help increase their population. In addition, the Plantation has participated for many years in the restoration of shoreline dunes by the cultivation and planting of native sea oats.
- Registered: February, 2016
- Population: 84,439
- Located just west of Fort Lauderdale adjacent to the Everglades
The City of Sunrise is located west of Fort Lauderdale adjacent to the Everglades. It is a community of diverse people, neighborhoods and businesses. Sunrise is home to popular destinations such as the BB&T Center – home to the Panthers Hockey Team and a popular venue for shows and concerts, a large corporate park and boasts one of the most visited destinations in Florida – the Sawgrass Mills Mall. Sunrise is a family friendly community with great schools, parks and recreational facilities. Our new passive parks with educational features highlighting native plants and wildlife recently received Broward County’s Emerald Award. Our Community Wildlife Habitat program called “Be a Butterfly Hero” is led by the Sustainability Officer with support from the City’s Sustainability Advisory Board and other volunteers.