Over the past 17 years, we have attempted to create a natural
habitat for all types of birds, animals, insects, etc…, native to
the Northeast. The 4
acre property contains a stream, eight lily ponds and a completely
balanced landscape that attract all types of wildlife. Seeds, insects and fruit are
available in abundance.
We provide man made as well as natural cover, nesting and
roosting sites. This
year the property contains 29 nests: 9 Robin, 3 Mourning Dove, 3
House Wren, 1 Red Tail Hawk, 1 Bluebird, 2 Baltimore Oriole, 2
Sparrow, 1 Chipping Sparrow, 1 Cardinal, 1 Chickadee, 1 Pheobe, 1
Starling and 3 Catbird nests.
There were probably more that
have not been noticed.
have never used any chemicals on our property. We manage our gardens
organically; using only organic manure/matter and mulch. Specific areas are left to
naturalize with local plants and vegetation. We have dead trees,
woodpiles brush piles and many stone walls. Many paths are moss
covered. Our mature
trees range from 60 to 100 feet in height. Our extensive variety of
grasses supplies birds with food, shelter and nesting material. Our
vegetable garden is used for our consumption, but much fruit and
vegetables are left for birds and animals to eat.
property is full of butterflies, moths, dragonflies, honey bees,
mason bees, frogs, tree frogs, toads and other insects. Sometimes yellow jackets are
a problem. Last year we
found 29 nests. Our
ponds are filled with fish, frogs, tadpoles, dragonfly larvae,
snails and an occasional turtle. Mammals include red and gray
squirrels (have a black one this year), chipmunk, bats, rabbit,
raccoon, red fox, skunks, groundhog, opossum, black bear, deer and
an occasional mink and coyote. Of course we also have
our share of mice, rats and moles. Deer are the only problem
animal we have to contend with. Their numbers have increased
destroy many cover and nesting sites. Garter and water snakes are
numerous and must nest on the property as we often find many young
water only when and if plants show distress and never the lawn
area. We use organic
manure to fertilize and mulch to retain moisture and to provide a
slow release of nutrients.