In Northern California, it’s not uncommon to spot wild turkeys wandering past the windows, or see a bluebird alight gently onto the perch of his birdhouse. On a daily basis, we hear the quack-quack of mallard ducks as they fly overhead, and hear the splash as they land in the stream flowing through a grassy meadow. In springtime, we are serenaded by the sunshine-infused cheers of a chorus of songbirds.

If this sounds more like a habitat refuge to you than a corporate headquarters, you’re right.

And wrong.

The fact is, the scene described above is actually both – it is a certified wildlife habitat and home to Paramount Equity® headquarters.

Last month, in honor of his birthday, Hayes Barnard’s mother presented Paramount Equity® with a National Wildlife Federation certificate deeming the property in Roseville a Certified Wildlife Habitat™. The beautiful rolling landscape that is the “backyard” of Paramount Equity® is now lovingly marked with a recycled sign which proudly announces the property’s designation as a wildlife habitat.

To qualify for certification, property must show it provides the four basic elements needed for wildlife to thrive – food, water, cover and places to raise young, as well as demonstrate sustainable gardening practices.

For more information about the Certified Wildlife Habitat program, visit www.nwf.org/habitat

Hayes Barnard with Certified Wildlife Habitat sign for Roseville location of Paramount Equity®.

Hayes Barnard with VPs Matt Dawson and Jason Walker. Photograph from Hayes’ birthday last month.