What Homeowners Can Do
According to the UN Environment Programme, the Earth is in the midst of a mass extinction of life. Scientists estimate that 150-200 species of plant, insect, bird and mammal become extinct every 24 hours. This is nearly 1,000 times the “natural” or “background” rate and, say many biologists, is greater than anything the world has experienced since the vanishing of the dinosaurs nearly 65m years ago. You can do something about this!
Chances are, you have never thought of your yard as a wildlife preserve that represents the last chance we have for sustaining plants and animals that were once common throughout the U.S. But that is exactly the role our suburban landscapes are now playing and will play even more in the near future. Read more from Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens, about why what you do in your own yard can make a big difference.
Aspetuck Land Trust is creating a model ecological native landscape at our Caryl and Edna Haskins Preserve in Westport to educate and show homeowners how to create biodiversity in their yards. We are beginning this effort in 2019.
5 things YOU CAN DO TO INCREASE BIODIVERSITY IN YOUR YARD:
#1 Plant native plants. Native Plants (By Zip Code) is a great source of information for you to refer to. You may also want to Learn more about local pollinator pathway efforts and how native plants support that.
#3 Don’t mow up to your stream. Plant a riparian (water) buffer. The Highstead Foundation in Redding has a good Riparian Buffers publication available here.
#4 Plant a garden. Check out these resources from the Northeast Organic Farming Association of CT.
#5 Learn more about the plants and habitats of Connecticut and the surrounding region from the Connecticut Botanical Society.
Local businesses that you can call:
"Native" a Native Plant Nursery
Offering a diverse and quality selection of the region's native plant species to enhance and beautify your property.
2940 Redding Road, Fairfield, CT - 203-658-7475
Offering a unique selection of plant material.
1159 Bronson Road, Fairfield, CT - 203-259-5609
Quiet, organic lawn care.