Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Our Wildlife Habitat

I have come to terms with the future.
From this day onward I will walk easy on the earth.
Plant trees. Kill no living things.
Live in harmony with all creatures.
I will restore the earth where I am.
Use no more of its resources than I need.
And listen, listen to what it is telling me.
M.J. Slim Hooey

Creating a wildlife habitat is a rewarding experience and you learn a lot about native plants that
the various species have evolved with. Our backyard wildlife habitat which now includes the
grassless front too has been certified with the National and Canadian wildlife federations. Sometimes we grumble about the rabbits pruning the shrubs over winter, the squirrels digging up bulbs and newly planted perennials and the raccoons that can be a real nuisance at times. But, one has to remember that their kind was in this location long before our houses were built and you can't help but feel sorry for them sometimes when they're desperate for food. Our community starting using the green compost bins last fall and I believe that removed one source the raccoons depended on. For the first time I'm seeing them break bird feeders and large branches off the serviceberry trying to get something to eat.
And then there is the family pet, our cute little dog that likes to chase the squirrels and chipmunks through the garden beds trampling and snapping off plants in the pursuit.
The birds and butterflies are what please us the most and with all the shades of green and colourful flowers we have, it's like our own piece of Shangri-la.

1 comment:

  1. What a lovely photo...I really enjoy watching the wild life enjoying our yard too...I just wish the wild life did not have to include snakes.

    I have not seen any chipmunks in my garden here but adored having them in our garden when in North Carolina...The trade off is we do have 2 resident gopher turtles on the property.



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