Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary
Our backyard has been neglected over the last couple years, mostly because we didn't have a vision and purpose. Over the spring we have started imagining our backyard as a wildlife sanctuary, and this summer my husband and I are taking steps to start building its foundation.
We are kicking it off with our new squirrel buster wild bird feeder and birdbath. Next I want to make our backyard more homey for squirrels so they remain an integral part of the crew. This short video shows one of my backyard friends feeding from a bowl of sunflower seeds I set out for him and his rascally buddies.
One of the reasons I haven't been incredibly drawn to gardening in the past is that I wasn't deeply connected to the outcome. My spirit couldn't grab a foothold on why I would be doing it. Then the other day when I realized I could be building a friendly habitat for animals, raising veggies and flowers that they would enjoy nibbling on, the switch went off in my head. My yard could be of service to creatures! It sounds so silly, but until I am able to understand the connection of my labor to the world around me, I won't invest my heart into the process.
Do you have any favorite ways of drawing animals into your backyard, providing extra food, water, and shelter? I'd love to hear from some of your experiences as I start to learn how to foster my backyard habitat.