Visitors 77072
17873 photos, 209 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.


Recently Added

Shady Oaks History

Visitors 91
Created 14-Jun-21
Modified 14-Jun-21
Shady Oaks History

Flora at Shady Oaks

Visitors 87
Created 7-Jun-21
Modified 7-Jun-21
Flora at Shady Oaks

2021 Birds at Shady Oaks Apr-June

Visitors 24
Created 7-Jun-21
Modified 7-Jun-21
2021 Birds at Shady Oaks Apr-June

2021 Warblers

Visitors 8
Created 1-Jun-21
Modified 1-Jun-21
2021 Warblers

Wildlife at Shady Oaks

Visitors 251
Created 17-May-21
Modified 17-May-21
Wildlife at Shady Oaks

Butterflies, Insects, Spiders and True Bugs at Shady Oaks

Visitors 131
Created 17-May-21
Modified 17-May-21
Butterflies, Insects, Spiders and True Bugs at Shady Oaks

Birds with Insects

Visitors 8
Created 6-May-21
Modified 6-May-21
Birds with Insects

2021 Birds at Shady Oaks Jan-March

Visitors 142
Created 31-Mar-21
Modified 31-Mar-21
2021 Birds at Shady Oaks Jan-March


Guestbook for Hummer Haven UnLtd.
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.
Ann L Case(non-registered)
The photos always make me smile. Thank you for all of your information.
Dave & Cyndee(non-registered)
Amazing Margee! Your backyard creation is paying off, in spades. Wonderful fall warbler variations. Just love the subjects & your masterful photography.
All the best, Dave & Cyndee Batzler, Carlsbad, CA
Kathy Magee(non-registered)
I love your photography and bird blog. I too love watching the visitors to my feeder and deck.
Thank you for sharing!
Victoria and Andy Lechner(non-registered)
We loved your site and blog. We have a wooded backyard in Country Lane Woods in Manchester. We have an incredible number of birds calling, hidden by the trees and wish we could recognize their calls. Having met each other in an ornithology class many many years ago, we felt we should be better at this!!!
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