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New Annapolis Walking Tour Offered to View Wildlife Habitats

Annapolis, MD (8-29-12) Annapolis Mayor Joshua J Cohen announces a special walking tour in the Murray Hill neighborhood that will showcase Annapolis’ beauty while educating residents on the need to be a Certified Wildlife Community.

The City’s Department of Neighborhood & Environmental Programs and the Recreation & Parks Department are leading the effort to certify Annapolis as a Wildlife Community. As part of this effort, the City has partnered with the National Wildlife Federation to host a Certified Wildlife Habitat walking garden tour. 

Residents of the Murray Hill neighborhood have agreed to invite wildlife enthusiasts to tour their gardens for this inaugural event. Each garden will feature a water source, a food source, a place to raise young, and shelter for wildlife such as birds, bees, and butterflies.

The self-guided tour will take place in the Murray Hill neighborhood on Saturday, September 22, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Those interested should go to Knighton Garage, at the corner of West Street and Colonial Avenue, to pick up a map indicating the homes with Certified Wildlife Habitat gardens. The maps will be available at 8:30 a.m. 

Pre-registration is recommended. Please contact Jeanna Beard at or Marisa Wittlinger at for more information. 

To learn more about the backyard habitat certification program with the National Wildlife Federation, please go to