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23419 photos, 262 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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2023 Birds at Shady Oaks Jan-March

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2023 Birds at Shady Oaks Jan-March

Wildlife at Shady Oaks

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Blog Photos and Videos 2022-23

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Blog Photos and Videos 2022-23

Shady Oaks History

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Shady Oaks History

Flora at Shady Oaks

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Flora at Shady Oaks

Butterflies, Insects, Spiders and True Bugs at Shady Oaks

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Butterflies, Insects, Spiders and True Bugs at Shady Oaks

2022 Birds at Shady Oaks-Oct-Dec

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2022 Birds at Shady Oaks-Oct-Dec

2022 Birds at Shady Oaks Jul-Sept

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2022 Birds at Shady Oaks Jul-Sept


Guestbook for Hummer Haven UnLtd.
Ms. Yates(non-registered)
We enjoyed looking at your blog in our first grade class today! Thanks so much for such a beautiful and informative site. I hope you don't mind that I added a link to it from our class canvas page!
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.
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.
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