Close to fifty years ago, when developers cleared this land
to produce a suburban haven for humans, they truly destroyed the habitat of many a fine little creature. The original yard plantings of lawn, sapling tree-starts and square-shrubs did not seem enough to encourage
immediate re-populations. The first few years of working in my yard were like something out of a sci-fi story, where all wildlife had been eradicated. Now that the neighborhood is 'thirty-something' and my region is
developing a neo-gardening phase these last ten years, we are experiencing an amazing reappearance of tiny wonders. As the garden matures, new immigrants continue to settle in, so that hardly a month goes by that we
don't discover the arrival of a new pioneer amongst the colonists. I have gathered up some of these events on film for this page and the latest critter finds are recorded in the Come Stroll pages. There are no coyotes, deer or buffalo in suburbia, but discovering our tiny fellows in the foliage is to us, as fascinating as an exotic safari. Seldom does a creature visit us without incident, while sometimes the wildlife turns tame.