The capital city of Texas has made another list, and it's the wildest one yet: The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) recently ranked Austin No. 1 on a roundup of the top 10 cities for wildlife in America. And, no, that does not refer to the throngs of people currently there for SXSW.
The National Wildlife Federation ranked the largest U.S. cities based on percentage of parkland, citizen action to create wildlife habitat and school adoption of outdoor learning in wildlife gardens. Austin boasts the most certified wildlife habitats (2,154), the most backyard habitats per capita and the most schoolyard habitats (67). The city also is certified as a community wildlife habitat, and the NWF notes the Congress Avenue bridge, home to 1.5 million bats.
"Its residents not only want to Keep Austin Weird — they're the best in America at keeping their city wild," the article reads.
Austin was the only Lone Star locale on the list. "The common thread between these cities is that citizens are coming together for a common purpose — to create a community where people and wildlife can thrive," according to the NWF.
Here's the complete list of wildlife-friendly U.S. cities:
- Austin, Texas
- Portland, Oregon
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Baltimore, Maryland
- Washington, D.C.
- Seattle, Washington
- Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Indianapolis, Indiana
- Charlotte, North Carolina
- New York City, New York