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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Sunday, April 10, 2011

{Our Backyard Wildlife HABITAT Certificate from August 1997}

As you might have read the previous blogs about {Our Home of almost 20 years} and {205 Winfield Road Then and Now}, you have a little bit of an idea how we live. It was in August 1997 that we received our Backyard Wildlife HABITAT Certificate from the National Wildlife Federation. This only after sending in proof that our property provides the four basic elements needed for wildlife to thrive: food, water, cover, and places to raise young. It took lots of writing and numerous photos.
Just walk around the property with me to see those four basic elements...
Evergreen magnolia tree for sheltering birds from rain and predators.
Streaming water because a creek runs through our property.
Under the Orontium Aquaticum fish can hide and find shelter.
Let's cross one of our three bridges to have a view from our wood garden.
Trees are quite tall but they create a perfect habitat for numerous birds and other animals.
We've seen raccoons and even a red fox drinking from our pond. Squirrels and chipmunks are very well represented too.
Birdhouses, bird feeders and hummingbird feeders are everywhere.
We enjoy an almost daily concert of birds and can watch them from our bay window and of course from our gazebo.
Our dogwood tree blooming
A hummingbird feeder.
There is pollen for the bees and bumblebees... pink dogwood.
 We also planted special shrubs to attract butterflies.
Ducks come to our pond each year for breeding.
Mallard ducks with reflection of the gazebo in the pond.
Our bench/table next to the pond.
Back can be tilted to convert to table.
Across the creek we keep branches and clippings from tree pruning, for a shelter where birds and chipmunks can live.
Hard work does pay off!


  1. Hello Mariette,
    if I would be an animal I would love to life in your garden. It is a wonderful park and I can imagine how you enjoy to life there. A real paradise, where nature and humans live together.
    Greetings, Johanna

  2. Geniet van een heerlijke zondag !!!....liefs van mij....xxx...

  3. uuuuh thank you very much! :)
    your blog is beautiful and original!!
    I will follow you willingly! :)
    xoxo Roberta

  4. OMG dear Mariette, yours is such an enchanted garden and I really appreciate what you do for wildlife.
    Love the way you made it throughout the years: you're absolutely right saying that hard work always pays off!
    My own “Paradise on Earth” certificate
    and lots of love! Ciao from Italy where eventually spring arrived.

  5. Lieve Mariette,
    Nu heb ik inderdaad een idee hoe jullie achtertuin is veranderd in een ware dierenparadijs. Het is mij duidelijk geworden dat er vier basiselementen nodig waren om een "Wildlife certificaat" te ontvangen. Dit lijkt mij een hele eervolle onderscheiding, temeer omdat het helemaal volgens jullie eigen plan tot stand is gekomen. Ik heb heerlijk gewandeld en kon mij bijna verbeelden dat ik de vogels hoorde fluiten. Mijn complimenten Mariette..en méér...Werkelijk een paradijsje. Maar,...ik blijf een Nederlandse, dus het klompje...ik vind dit een subtiel detail.
    Hele lieve groetjes, Elly

  6. Liebe Mariette - was für ein atemberaubend schöner Platz zu leben - für Menschen und Tiere! Wundervoll!

    Alles Liebe, Traude

  7. Beste natuurmensen,

    Wat een eer, een Backyard Wildlife Habitat Certificate voor jullie zelf
    gecreëerde planten en dieren paradijs.

    Van Harte Gefeliciteerd hiermee.

    Dit is heel bijzonder. Het ziet er ook fantastisch uit!

    Heel veel groetjes van Hay Elly en kids

  8. Prachtig! En het allerleukste- een Hollandse klompje aan de muur voor de vogels of de hummingbirds.Wat een genot.Hoop dat je een sit-on mower hebt by the way, je bent wel even bezig met je gazon !!

  9. Oh wow, sweet Mariette, what an honor for you and Pieter to be granted the Habitat certificate. And beyond that, I think your place is a Paradise.

    You and Pieter are blessed with love and a gorgeous place--very much deserved.

    (((( hugs to you and Pieter ))))


  10. Heerlijk om de dieren in de vrije natuur hun gang zien te gaan. Daar genieten wij hier ook van, div. kleine vogels, vissen, zeeotters, arend, uil, herten enz. Wij hebben 1x een groep grienden gezien hier in de fjord voor onze deur!
    Voor jullie is het zeker een compliment als je dan ook nog een certificaat krijgt.

    Geniet van de dieren en een fijne week verder,

  11. Beautiful! I would like to have a picnic here!!! :)
    xo Catherine

  12. Well darling, this IS paradise!!!!!
    congrats for the magic you live in.
    hugs to both of you

  13. Your garden is beautiful... like a park... with pond and Duck... and gazebo! A dream to me! :-)

    Your Magnolia tree are lovely! We saw one next to a restaurant in a near by country park, don't know how they put up with our cold winter weather? Looks very old. Thank you for your kind words and sunshine Mariette, its finally here... thankyou!:-)

  14. DEarest Mariette,
    I haven't seen this beautiful post, but it is amazing! Congratulations because you live in a paradise, how blessed you and Pieter are, I'm so glad for you two and thanks for sharing this beautiful post with us,
    Send you a big hug


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