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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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Guestbook for Hummer Haven UnLtd.
Laura Payne(non-registered)
I so enjoy seeing your posts. The photos are always so wonderful! Remember my little granddaughter when she came to your house years ago and impressed you with her knowledge of backyard birds? She must have been about 5-years-old. She and her mom, who is an avid birder and has far surpassed me in her abilities, Natalie now has a camera, zoom lens and tripod and she is out photographing the birds. She is now 15-years-old and on her way to being a great birder and photographer. She especially likes to shoot the Bald Eagles that are around here. Annie and I are going back to Dauphin Island for the third time in April - we love it! Thanks for sharing your backyard!
Jan Conant(non-registered)
Great way to begin the new year learning more about birds and what you are doing to ensure their survival. Very helpful and fun looking at ways to improve shelter so beautifully illustrated! Thank you!
Now I must go and do similar things.
Just read that a study showed birds with supplemental winter feeding had better resistance to illness and death. Of course that goes for abundant natural food availability as well.
We are beginning a new Environmental School series. Mar. 18-21 zoom afternoons, forcus on Ecology, climate change, biodiversity conservation, sustainability, education.
Jan Conant(non-registered)
Another year of wonderful, educational, photos of backyard birds from you Margy! Your blog is always beautiful, and inspires me to do better for my own birds. You are a treasure and I'm sure the birds in their way think so too! Merry Christmas! And thank you for this gift.
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.
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