There seems to be a perception that you have to go "somewhere else" to find Nature. A zoo, a trail in the woods, a TV show. Unfortunately, if someone believes this, he probably doesn't realize what a difference he can make right in his own backyard. All of the videos (except 1) and most of the photographs on this site are from my own yard in the middle of suburbia.
Planting native plants, providing food, clean water, shelter, a variety of habitats... all these things will encourage wildlife to come to your yard, but a big responsibility comes along with it. We encouraged toads to come to our yard by putting out toad houses and toad pools, but now weedeating takes twice as long because I have to make sure there aren't any toads in the tall grass first.
We planted host plants for butterflies and native berry trees for birds, but that means we have to find alternatives to chemical pesticides.
Hummingbird feeders have to be brought in and cleaned or soaked once or twice a week so they don't get moldy. Bird baths, too, require constant maintenance to keep them clean. The list goes on and on.
It's not easy, but there's something about recognizing that people aren't the only living things on this planet that just feels right to me.
I guess that's why I created this site -- to maybe open some eyes to what's going on around them, make people more curious, bring back the sense of wonder we had as kids.
Thanks for visiting, and feel free to send me your comments.