I’m thrilled to report that our land is now registered and certified by the National Wildlife Foundation as a wildlife habitat! Many of you know how hard I’ve worked over the past few years to embrace a natural lawn without the use of herbicides. I’ve fought to protect our vernal pool from abutting disturbances, turned down an offer from a local real estate broker who wanted to buy some of our land, and had our vernal pool documented by the Maine DEP to prevent improper development in the future once I’m no longer here to protect it. We also have a stream, woods, owls, fern garden, and lots of wildlife! Chipmunks, squirrels, peepers, voles, deer, wild turkeys and many other different species of birds live amongst us. We have all of the five essential elements needed to become certified, and one of them is controlling invasive species which includes keeping cats indoors if you have them. You don’t need to have a large backyard or acreage to become certified!
I took this photo of a dragonfly by our front door yesterday. We are blessed with many colorful dragonflies in the summer thanks to our vernal pool and stream. Many of our neighbors spray chemicals to get rid of mosquitos; dragonflies love to feast on them (mosquitos, not our neighbors. They don’t actively bite humans)! One dragonfly can consume over 100 mosquitos in a day! Because of them we not only have safe mosquito control but their air shows, as I like to think of them, are something to behold. They’re kind of like mini bi-planes.
If you can’t tell, learning to live simply and in harmony with what God created can be both fun and rewarding!