...and this is the rough timeline of events that has lead me to always have birds and bugs on my mind.
Our house was in dire need of landscaping, and I pretty much had a blank canvas to work with....just as soon as I removed the 4"-6" of river rock the previous owner put under the grass in the ENTIRE yard. But talking about those rocks justs raises my blood pressure. Back to more beautiful things.....FLOWERS! So I was getting ready to plant lots of pretty stuff.....
And I wanted to plant things that attracted butterflies and honeybees.
One day I came across a book by a man named Doug Tallamy called, Bringing Nature Home. It changed my life, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning about Mother Earth and how you can "help sustain wildlife with native plants."
After reading his book, I realized that I didn't need to provide a sanctuary for only butterflies and honeybees, but ALL bugs (even hairy spiders).
If you can provide food and shelter for all the little bugs, then they provide a food source for animals like birds. Birds love bugs, especially juicy ones who just ate a giant plant.
And so birds eat the bugs, and then some larger animal eats the bird, and something larger eats that animal....and you know the deal. There are two types of food chains, and plants are the foundation for both of them.
But what ELSE do they need?
That's RIGHT! Pollination! And who pollinates plants? Right again! Birds and bugs! So if there were no bugs, there would be no birds....and that means there is no pollination. And if there is no pollination, that means you don't get fruits and vegetables. I bet you are starting to care about that hairy spider now.
They are small and sometimes pesky, but they sure do a lot for us. Without bugs, we would have a huge gap in our food chains.
here. You don't even have to make big changes, or rip out your exisiting gardens. Just implement a few plants here and there.
I have added 2 bird feeders to the backyard. The birds love them, and the squirrels love them....and the dogs like to stalk out the squirrels, so its pleasing for everyone. I am also taking a class this January on how to be a beekeeper and have an apiary because I would like to help out all those poor honeybees that are disappearing.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how I have become the kind of person who makes my fiance capture the spider and put it outside...not step on it. And this is why I spend $30 a month on bird seed, and why I gather walnuts and acorns on my walks with Barney to bring home to the squirrels. This is why I don't use any pesticides in my gardens, and why I throw out rotting fruit for the ants to devour.
.....and this is why I want to put a bird on everything.