Many years ago I went through the steps of having our yard certified as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat. It was fun looking through the checklist of all the things we had done to make it habitable to our local wildlife. Most of the things necessary are so easy to do; water sources, trees and shrubs for birds to hide or nest in, plants that attract pollinators. It encourages me to continue to add these and other elements to our yard.
This year my older daughter and I have decided we are going to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. I've thought about it so many times, but this year we have gone to the website to print out our list of birds to watch for. As much as I enjoyed seeing the heron the other day, I'm hoping to put a big 0 next to that species.