Certified Wildlife Habitats
Eckerd College actively incorporates wildlife conservation into everyday operations and overall campus maintenance and appearance. In March 2023, Eckerd College received certification from the National Wildlife Federation for nine wildlife habitats throughout campus. To receive this, the College had to guarantee various sources of food, water, cover, places to raise young, and sustainable garden practices in each habitat.
Strength in Biodiversity
These Certified Wildlife Habitats provide homes for animals and insects of all kinds from the monarch butterfly to the brown pelican to Eastern cottontail. Each Certified Wildlife Habitat is different and by having multiple types of habitats, more species are able to thrive and coexist. This strengthening of native populations has enabled Eckerd College to see animal populations come back to St. Petersburg like the great horned owl.