I am continually in awe of Mother Nature’s beauty. We are blessed to be surrounded by the leafy green trees, wildflowers, carpets of pine needles and vistas of the lake. Our favorite place on Lake Sara is known as Fisherman’s Cove. We love it because it is quiet and has abundant wildlife. There are no loud motors and the only sound is the cacophony of birds chirping, frogs croaking, and insects buzzing. We find this little corner of the lake most appealing!
This cove is perfect for just cruising, watching and listening to the various wildlife interactions. Our favorite bird to watch is the Blue Heron. Herons look so prehistoric and yet in flight they are so graceful! I can watch Herons for hours but amusingly, they are not fond of intrusions from humans into their world. As we approach them they usually squawk, give us a stern look and then take off for a new spot. I often think I will come back to earth as a Heron. Other interesting sightings of wild things at the lake include: Golden Eagles, Owls, Wild Turkey, Geese, Wood Ducks, Egrets, Purple Martins, Red Winged Black Birds, and more than a dozen songbirds. Four legged wildlife includes: Fox, Raccoon, Possum, Deer, Beaver, Rabbits, Squirrels, Gophers, and Turtles. We are also blessed to have butterflies, honey bees, lightening bugs, dragonflies and other small winged things. This small snapshot of nature makes my heart smile!
Several years ago we had our lake home designated as a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Association. It was a simple and easy process. To receive this designation you must provide natural habitat, native plants, nesting areas, a water source and natural food sources. They require photos of each wildlife spot and a mission statement about your intention for your backyard habitat space. It makes us feel good that we support the wild things in our little piece of nature from which we receive so much joy. We leave as much of the habitat in its native state as our neighbors will allow. I suggest that each of you look into this wonderful program as it is suitable for big and small backyards. Right now Monarch butterflies need all of us to help ensure their survival by planting Curly Parsley, Milkweed, and native plants such as Coneflower, Black Eyed Susan’s, Trumpet Vines, Zinnias and other native plants they are attracted to. The number of Monarchs is down 60% and it will be up to us to make sure they have the food and habitat sites they need to thrive.
So whether big or small enjoy all of the wild things that come and grow with gardens and other natural wild spaces.
Be blessed and blessed be ….(bee)!!