Welcome to our summer gardens where more than 100 species of birds, and a myriad of beneficial insects, including over 40 species of butterflies, can be observed and enjoyed in their luscious half-acre of what many refer to as “an oasis” here at Cimarron Rose.
What does “beneficial” mean? In the past, it simply meant those who preyed upon what were commonly known as “Pest Insects.”
However, through observation and experience, it is our perception that ALL insects are “beneficial,” as they provide many services within a healthy biodynamic community. It has been the short-sighted use of insecticides, often in conjunction with herbicides, to control “Pest Insects” that has contributed to the fragility of several bird and many other populations.
What is a Backyard Wildlife Habitat?
It of course isn’t necessary to certify your yard though the National Wildlife Federation, but is a way for us to support their educational program and to communicate to our guests through signage that we are actively involved in the wild processes observed in our gardens.
The National Wildlife Federation’s initiative is to educate the public about the ever increasing loss of critical resting and foraging habitat for migratory birds and breeding/nesting habitat for all wildlife – particularly those living in wildland interface developments. The biodiversity that once was present in these areas is quickly diminishing. Protecting diversity is the key to health, providing a wealth of elements – if you are landscaping with this awareness, you are undoubtedly reaping the rewards of your efforts.
The Key Ingredients Are:
- Water (mindfully offered and clean)
- Food (a variety of flowering and fruiting native plants, including “weeds” and grasses. Many butterflies depend upon these as host plants and one of the first flowers of Spring are dandelions, which they depend upon here for nectar and also provide seed for Pine Siskins. Suet and seed feeders are helpful during winter – keep feeders clean.)
- Shelter (trees, if sustainable, and a variety of shrubs and grasses provide safe resting, foraging and nesting areas along with nesting boxes. Be sure to maintain boxes by removing deceased nestlings – casualties happen, especially during times of drought.)
Why create a Backyard Wildlife Habitat?
It’s engaging, fun and universally beneficial
As you’ll notice in many photographs, our wild animals know us and trust us through the kindness and sensitivity shown them through many generations.