As we seek to live into community with all that has life in Jesus’ name, sometimes the best thing is to pray that the Spirit of God might open our eyes to see how our neighbors are living in a way that is beneficial to wildlife and wild spaces. Here are a few bright spots that I noticed in community today...
Hume's Landscape Service manages a flower garden in front of Wellsboro Small Animal Hospital that contains beautiful native plants which are beneficial to our native wildlife. Here is Casey holding a monarch butterfly caterpillar. The plant to her right with the orange flowers is a favorite food plant of this species and the monarch caterpillars are present in relatively dense numbers this year!
My friend Jim Paxson and his wife Dolores have a composter in their back yard. This helps them to have good fertile soil for their vegetable garden. This year there was an unexpected benefit for them as a cantaloupe plant emerged straight out of the composter! All of the green creeping vines at Jim's feet are attached to the same cantaloupe plant, and he holds in his hand a freshly picked cantaloupe!
I made a feeder out of a used 2 liter container a couple years ago so I was excited when I saw this one as I walked the streets of Wellsboro today. Making bird feeders out of used plastic containers is a great way to get a second use out of them; its better than throwing that which can be repurposed straight into the trash or recycling bin.