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When we bought this property the realtor’s listing photos showed the yard with one of those poison tags from a lawn “care” company, the kind of company that sprays noxious poisons for bugs and weeds on the lawns of America. I thought, “Well, that’s going to stop!”
It was early Autumn and things were strangely silent here. No bird song, no sound of crickets, nor frogs – it seemed not a single wild being was spending time on our new acres – the pesticides and herbicides had undone the web of life.
It was time for action: to get the ball rolling a bird feeder was set up, organic gardens were developed with clean soil, flowering plants for pollinators were added all around, and no spraying of any sort is allowed.
As the months passed, success was marked in many subtle ways: tiny wild strawberries appeared in the lawn attracting birds, crickets appeared, frogs and toads found homes in the garden beds following the crickets and insects, and birds also found what they need here in a most natural sense. You could see their growing interest in the property as they came to inspect things, curiously at first. And then more and more returned with confidence that this is a safe and healthy place for their lives.
Now, Fox Cottage is a natural paradise being restored. Yes, perhaps it will take more time for the balance of life to fully restore itself. But we are on our way!
Our current bird species we see every day at Fox Cottage:
Cardinal, chickadee, tufted tit-mouse, hawks, yellow goldfinch, mourning dove, junco, nuthatch, house finch, crow, robin, blue jay, and hummingbird. There are many more who are occasional visitors like the barred owl, eagle who fly over, gulls, catbird, and others.
The web of life is finding its footing all around us and is a beautiful thing indeed.
An important article we wish to share:
In 2014, Dutch researchers warned of an alarming trend between declines in bird populations in the Netherlands and higher concentration of imidaclopris, a common neonicotinoid pesticide, according to Smithsonian magazine.(Neonicotinoids are powerful insect neurotoxins and one of the world’s most commonly used pesticides.) Organochlorine pesticides such as the miticide dicofol cause eggshell thinning and can be extremely toxic to birds, according to a McGill University report.
“Fish, birds, and wildlife that live in direct contact with environments subject to pesticide exposure are sentinel species that may be predictive of our own fate,” the Pesticide Action Network states in a report. “With pesticides now found routinely in drinking water, on food, and in the air, we are all taking part in an experiment in pesticide exposure on a global scale.”
Time for change in how we treat the natural world.