At May’s Austin Neighborhoods Council (ANC) meeting, representatives from the City made a presentation about the Neighborhood Habitat Challenge. This is an annual contest of the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, where the City of Austin and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) challenge its neighborhoods to make Austin a more wildlife-friendly city. Prizes are awarded to the three neighborhoods certifying the most new wildlife habitats between April 15 and November 15, 2011. The Allandale Neighborhood Association (ANA) won second place several years ago. Here is a link to the City's Neighborhood Habitat Challenge. Go here for information on becoming a habitat steward.