The Registry of Nature
Drawing a Site
Drawing a site map is
as simple as the sample site we
will use. This
sample site map is for a property about 1/2 acre in size. Now
look at a site map for the same
property providing all four elements required for a Nature
Habitat. This may be a more ambitious than you expected, but
remember, this is a plan and it can be accomplished over several
years. This yard now contains all four elements and 14 of the
16 components of a habitat. It originally only had 2 or 3 and
those were at bare minimum. The only components missing are:
Cut Banks, Cliffs & Caves and Snags. Banks, Cliffs &
Caves must be present and cannot be created easily while Snags can
be created by not cutting down dead trees. For safety reasons,
it is a good idea to cut off all the outer branches and top the tree
if it is near your house or in an
area frequented by
Let's identify the components on the new
design for our sample site.
Feeders - There are
four feeders scattered about the property.
Water - The site now
has a small pond and two birdbaths.
Dust Beds and Grit -
The garden will have one small section.
Salt - Will be
provided in the bird feeders.
Brush Pile - Instead
of removing brush, it is now piled in corner of
Nest Boxes - The
site now has four nest boxes.
Conifers - The
number of evergreens has been increased
Gasses & Legumes
- Are now planted around the pond, by the garden and near
Butterfy, Bee & Moth
Plants - The perennial beds will be full of plants
these critters love.
Hummingbird Plants -
Same as above including monarda, trumpet vine, columbine,
Summer Plants -
Rasperries, blackberries,vines, etc...
Fall Plants -
Winterberry, cotoneaster, grasses, etc...
Winter Plants -
Crabapple, chokecherry, cranberry, etc...
Nut & Acorn Trees -
Two nut trees were planted on far side of
If this plan was implemented over a few
years, it would not be long before this property was full of
Draw a site map of your property and identify all of the Components
of a Habitat found on the
property. Identify the Habitat Type
you have and what the general habitat types found in you local
community are. Identify the components you wish to
introduce. Remember, it is rare for a property to have all 16
components. If you can develop a property to contain 10-12,
that is excellent. Keep in mind your budget. This will
determine how much you can do. Below is a list of the
components of a habitat in the order importance to a small
Dust Beds &
Butterfly, Bee & Moth
Nuts & Acorns
Brush & Rock
Cut Banks, Caves &
As you can see, the more important
components for a small property are those that are plant components
vs structural components.