This city is going wild

January 13, 2009 4:29:07 AM PST
Austin's going wild.

And it has nothing to do with the nightlife in Texas' capital city.

Patricia Roberts-Miller's yard is teaming with creatures and plants.

But it once was a boring patch of grass.

Her yard is one of about 900 spots that have been certified as wildlife habitats under a new city program.

Alice Nance runs the wildlife program for Austin.

She tells the Austin American-Statesman newspaper that turning yards wild helps to save water and encourage biodiversity.

Plus, there's a lot less mowing to do.