Grape Hyacynth - Non Native

Sycamore Leaf

White Tailed Deer - Buck

Red-Shouldered Hawk

Bird on Hackberry

Black Walnuts

Tree Stump and Fungi

Bud on a Maple Tree

Bones (Fawn?)

Blue Jay

Fungi  and Tiny Insect (Species?)

Sycamore Bark

Poke Berry

Dandelion - Make a Wish!

Cicadas

Dogwood

White Tailed Deer - Doe and Fawn

Barn Owl Feather

Wine Berry - Non Native Ivasive

Front of a Swallowtail

Box Turtle

Back of a Swallowtail

The Secret Garden is on land that was once a large dairy farm. Over the years, the land was damaged by buildings, heavy farm equipment, monocultures, and the animals. We hope that over time the land will recover and there are signs that it is happening. The plants, birds, and other critters in these photographs show that a diverse ecosystem is emerging. As you can see, there are still non-native invasive plants that will be difficult to eradicate. So, we pick our battles and, for now, leave those that do the least damage. But there are also wild and unruly native pioneers that are rebuilding the soil while sheltering and feeding our native wildlife. And every year, there are more! The best thing we can do to help nature thrive is provide food and shelter in the form of native plants. Even a tiny balcony garden makes a difference.

It wouldn't be Spring without Crocuses!

Honey Bee and Native Bee

Fungi (Species?)

Honey Locust Flowers - Small but Fragrant

Young Black Vultures

Large Tolype Moth

Broken Black Vulture Egg

Snail

Spider Web

Chickory - Non Native Invasive

Black Walnuts

Wild Turkeys

Dogwood and American Fireweed

Fungi (Species?)

Assassin Bug/Wheel Bug Killing a Honey Bee

Wheel Bug Nymph

Smart Weed or Knot Weed - Non Native Ivasive

Wine Berry Stem with Thorns - Non Native Invasive

Garter Snake

Fungi (Species?)

Spider Web

Snapping Turtle

Black Vultures

Fungi (Species?)

Ornamental Grass

Non Native but Shelters Dozens of Birds

Blackberries Ripening

Poke Berry

Lichens

A Very Big Sycamore Leaf

Fungi (Species?)

Barn Owl Fledglings

Chickadee

Chicken of the Woods

Toad

Fungi (Species?)

Shed White Tailed Deer Antler

Tree Frog on a Sycamore

Milkweed and Monarch

Rat Snake

Ghost Pipes

Thistle - Non-Native Invasive

Sunflowers

Northern Flicker Feathers

Fallen Maple Leaves - Winter Refuge for Insects

Goldenrod (Doesn't make you sneeze!)

Cicada

Bessbug (Odontotaenius disjunctus)

Apple Blossoms

Honey Locust Thorns

Fleabane

Box Elder

Where the Deer Walk

Black Locust Seed Pod

Who Lives Here?

Honey Locust Seed Pods

Wood Sorrel

Toad

Wheel Bugs

Fungi (Species?)

Wild Grape Vine​

Black Vulture Baby

The Wild Garden

White Tailed Deer

Spider Web

Two Nests in One Tree

Colorful Sap from a Damaged Cherry Tree

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Burdock - Non-Native Invasive

Rosy Maple Moths (Dryocampa rubicunda)

Magnolia

Eastern Click Beetle (Alaus ocolatus)

Barred Owl Pellet with a Crow's Foot

Young Buck

Fungi (Species?)

Downy Woodpecker

Bumble Bee  on Lamb's Ear

Wingstem

Barn Owl

Adult Black Vultures

Cardinal

Spider Web

Dead Nettle - Non Native Invasive

Preying Mantis

Berries in Bloom

Tree Stump and Fungi

Fleabane and Bees

Fungi (Species?)

Shaggy Mane