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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat!

It seems that yet another circle has been completed with the Home Place now receiving Certification as a Wildlife Habitat with the National Wildlife Federation!  It's hard to believe that it's been eighteen-years since we certified the Homestead Woods as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat.
Our new sign~
 The program - which began in 1973 - as of 2006 - had certified over 60,000 yards!  Things have changed over the years that we've been members.  The sign now incorporates Ranger Rick & is more colorful.  The term Backyard is no longer part of the designation.   Otherwise, the goal is the same, homeowners working together to make their little corner of the world friendly toward wildlife.  To provide cover, food, water, places to raise young & use sustainable practices.
Habitat~
 Since we've seen a fox, woodchuck, several deer etc., we know the corridor along Tinkle Branch Creek gets used by the local wildlife.  We put the sign out near the front - where it can be read when people walk by.  Hopefully questions will be asked & I'll be able to promote the program here.
Downstream, Tinkle Branch Creek
 We really didn't think that the creek ever carried much of a flow, until after a large rain storm, when a few days later Butch saw where it had almost crested the bank.  Our side is the lowest by several feet, as you can see in the photo above.
Upstream ~
 I've been told that this will dry up mid-summer - we'll see.  I'd forgotten how much fun the first year on a new place can be.  Watching as the month's go by & what each season brings.
Late afternoon sun through the trees~
 After our storm on Friday - Saturday dawned clear & so clean!  The air was fresh - as though it had been re-charged by the storm!  We did have some light rain late in the day - but it was one of the coolest days we've had in weeks & one of the most beautiful of Spring.
Saturday evenings Rainbow~
As dusk fell, there was such a silky softness to the darkening sky.  The Lightning Bugs were Everywhere!  Even flying near us as we sat on the deck & how fun to see then up close as they glowed green!
Forest Spirit Face~
 Once it was completely dark, the stars were brilliant, with the Milky Way directly overhead.  Tomorrow, is the Garden Club's annual garden tour - where we visit some of the gardens of our members.  I'm looking forward to seeing what I know will be some totally stunning flowers & garden displays!

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