Visitors 114325
22338 photos, 260 videos

Welcome to our room of galleries! Our emphasis is on documenting bird, insect and animal activity in our Shady Oaks Sanctuary, where increasing biodiversity through habitat reconciliation has been ongoing since 1996. Peruse, enjoy and we hope you might even be inspired!

As of March 19, 2020, we dedicate our blog to our grandchildren, Dean Anders, Leif Ansel and Veronica Wren.

May their futures be filled with the peace of wild things.


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2022 Birds at Shady Oaks Jul-Sept

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Created 23-Sep-22
Modified 23-Sep-22
2022 Birds at Shady Oaks Jul-Sept

Blog Photos and Videos 2022

Visitors 2
Created 23-Sep-22
Modified 23-Sep-22
Blog Photos and Videos 2022

2022 Warblers

Visitors 15
Created 23-Sep-22
Modified 23-Sep-22
2022 Warblers

2021 Warblers

Visitors 14
Created 19-Sep-22
Modified 19-Sep-22
2021 Warblers

Flora at Shady Oaks

Visitors 96
Created 19-Sep-22
Modified 19-Sep-22
Flora at Shady Oaks

Butterflies, Insects, Spiders and True Bugs at Shady Oaks

Visitors 138
Created 16-Sep-22
Modified 16-Sep-22
Butterflies, Insects, Spiders and True Bugs at Shady Oaks

Fall Warbler Species at Shady Oaks

Visitors 110
Created 14-Sep-22
Modified 14-Sep-22
Fall Warbler Species at Shady Oaks

Wildlife at Shady Oaks

Visitors 265
Created 2-Sep-22
Modified 2-Sep-22
Wildlife at Shady Oaks


Guestbook for Hummer Haven UnLtd.
Lori Stringer(non-registered)
Thank you for the may 8 post. The warblers were inspiring. Someday I hope my bubbler will be graced with these visitors. Each season it seems one or two new species pop in. I don’t always see them but I can hear calls that I’ve not heard before. Trying to be patient and continually working to improve the habitat. Are the warblers in first frame getting caterpillars from arrow wood V dentatum?
Jan Conant(non-registered)
It is always an inspiration to see your blog! Your photos are amazing! There is so much to see and learn. All in one suburban backyard. I especially love the series showing the E. Bluebirds busily making their nest, even when they are in the air.
We held another Environmental School this March on Air and related topics. On Zoom for 4 afternoons. We have been lucky to get exceptional speakers, of which you have been one! Next class will be a similar schedule for Water.
Keep up the wonderful work! You have created the 'Gold Standard" for backyard national park: the level to which we all should work toward. Jan Conant, Chair, MO Environmental Schools.
Nancy Clogston(non-registered)
Margy,
I just love it when your blog post comes to my email. I wait before opening it until I have enough time to sit and relish each picture, video and description. Thank you so much for creating your haven and for sharing your work and rewards through this blog. It transports me for a while from my everyday worries. It inspires me to tweak my own garden habitat sometimes little by little and sometimes in great bounds.
Linda Kamp Waugh(non-registered)
Margy,
I love your photos and the videos of the deer are so precious! Thank you.
Michael Stein(non-registered)
I watched your presentation tonight on the MBS program with Dana Ripper. You are so awesome!!! I cant tell you how much I enjoyed it. I learned so much. Thank you and Bravo on an amazing presentation. You should take that presentation on the road to the schools! More people need to be exposed to these idea’s. I have tried to make my back yard an aviary for the last 20 years and have had many success and very proud of the habitat I have created. I have done this with little help. Is there a way to get more help? After your presentation I can see I have lots to learn. I would love to have someone come to my house and give me a rough plan or idea’s on what to pursue. After hearing your talk tonight I realize I need more information. What would you recommend as a next step. Also, do you ever give tours of your back yard? I would love to spend time in your garden. Again, thanks for all your passion, knowledge and excellent explanations of this important topic. I feel so strongly that us all can help with climate change, promote biodiversity and develop sustainable lifestyle with our planet. No matter where you live! Let me know if you ever give tours. I would love to see your work first hand. I am a member of St Louis Audubon and Webster Groves Nature Societ.
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