WHOOSH! That’s the sound I heard as the week flew by. I am a bit of a broken record on this one. I think I say something similar as I approach each weekend. That’s fine with me because I think it helps me enjoy the weekend that much more.
So for this weekend I am taking a second look at a goal I’ve had in mind for a little while now. The National Wildlife Federation has designated May as Garden for Wildlife Month.
I think we’re ready to get serious.
Could we actually qualify? Well, let’s see.
We Do have wildlife.
We provide a variety of seeds in multiple feeders, offer many pollen sources for the birds and bees, with dozens of different varieties to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. I think our food sources are strong.
And then there’s water.
The lilies are a great hiding place for the fish, but nature sometimes has other ideas, and the fish and water are also a feeding and watering source for other wildlife. Raccoons and other small wild animals come to visit. Skunks and raccoons thrashed the water lilies last fall. I don’t know who won the fight, but none of the goldfish survived.
I’ll never forget the time I looked out the kitchen window in time to see a heron swoop down to wade in the pond and gobble up our fish. Nature’s food chain isn’t pretty.
Sometimes we really get surprised by unusual backyard visitors.
The National Wildlife Federation requires we provide cover and places for birds and animals to raise their young.
We offer many trees, lots of brush, and the more I look for places to provide cover, the more I realize we don’t need to keep all the foliage so well manicured. Just let it grow! That sounds good to me!
And the birds and smaller animals do need cover and protection, because…
We do have predators.
When the hawks swoop through the backyard the other birds immediately make a mad dash into the vine covered back fence. Cutting back the vine would make the birds easy pickings!
I think we’re getting close! Thank you, Penny, for the encouragement to move forward.