Backyard Habitats

Assisting fellow members of our community in creating backyard habitats is the third essential part of our mission. We conduct an annual Open House and Plant Swap, and offer private tours during the butterfly season May through September. We have a limited selection and supply of host and nectar plants available for purchase each season.

BACKYARD BUTTERFLIES: OUR STORY

Creating a  butterfly habitat since 2012

Coming Soon: Our Story

Habitat Stats

species of caterpillars hand raised

Species sighted in our yard

species of plants in our yard

SQ FT CULTIVATED HABITAT

Caring for Our Backyard Habitat

We acknowledge that human activitity, such as climate change and habitat destruction, has had a detrimental effect on numerous insect species resulting in population endangerment and extinction. We thoughtfully care for our habitat by following Nature’s lead, providing limited intervention only when deemed necessary. We respect all organisms within our habitat as they all have an important role or function.

What is a backyard habitat?

A backyard habitat is an intentionally created space where plants and animals are provided a place to live and grow. The space must do all of the following:

PROVIDE FOOD

In our habitat we use a combination of primarily native (and some non-native) plants as sources of food for a variety of insects, birds, and other small animals.

PROVIDE SHELTER & PLACES TO RAISE YOUNG

Insects, birds, and other small animals need safe places to live. Trees, shrubs, and weedy grass are home to hundreds of different species. In our habitat we mow only every 6-8 weeks. In the fall we allow leaves to remain as they are shelters for caterpillars and insects. 

SUSTAINABLITY

We are very proud to be Messy/Lazy Gardeners!