The National Wildlife Federation has recognized West Georgia Eye Care Center’s North Satellite Office as a Registered Wildlife Habitat! Mark Holloway, Administrator, said that he hopes patients will enjoy the wildlife that frequents the areas around the buildings. Patients can catch glimpses of the birds and butterflies from vistas in the buildings’ open areas and from some hallways and rooms. “Everyone loves the hummingbirds”, Holloway says “and squirrels, chipmunks, and our raccoon ‘Bandit’ are a common sight, too.” This month marks the one year anniversary of the opening of the 6600 Whittlesey Blvd. location.
The National Wildlife Habitat program allows for privately owned locations to become part of a united effort to sustain wildlife in the United States. Individual homes are the most commonly registered habitats. Columbus has 71 certified habitats but only a few of those are awarded to businesses. Holloway explained that the doctors at West Georgia Eye Care Center made a strategic decision to create a courtyard that would enhance the available green space and support the wildlife habitat. Visitors to the adjacent Royal Café will be able to enjoy this beautiful outdoor setting. He adds that the property selected for the office expansion made the decision to apply for registration a simple one. “We already had the trees, and we added more specific pollinating plants to attract the butterflies.” A four-season water source is provided by a pair of streams on the property, and the addition of two birdbaths brings the birds in for patients to get a closer view.
Viewing, of course, is what West Georgia Eye Care Center is all about! The medical and surgical treatment of eye disease is our specialty, and we are the region’s only multi-specialist eye care provider. WGECC is committed to the community we serve. We are invested in protecting and enhancing vision while supporting the quality of life in Columbus and the surrounding areas as well. To become a haven for sustainable wildlife, WGECC planted, pruned, and placed feeders, habitats, brooding spaces and more. If you are interested in creating a wildlife habitat that meets the criteria for national registration you may learn more at: http://www.nwf.org/Garden-For-Wildlife/Water.aspx