Home Sweet Habitat is the first small-scale habitat restoration blog of its kind. Normally, ecological consulting firms charge massive rates to assist large private landowners and companies in managing their forest, ranch, or farm. So where does that leave homeowners who just want to do their part with the land they have? Until now, the only option was to do a bit of googling or ask a local gardener and hope they receive accurate information. Even calling a landscaper is risky since landscaping generally uses non-native, ornamental plants of little ecological value. That’s where we come in. At Home Sweet Habitat, we provide 8 years of ecological and conservation experience in fun, easy-to-read blog posts. You can count on us to provide evidence-based ecological insights you can use to make your land work for the nature you love.
Ultimately, we see Home Sweet Habitat as a movement to bring nature back to the people. In a world where ecological misinformation dominates the headlines, we hope to arm people with the knowledge they need to make a real difference. Because habitat destruction is still the largest cause of species extinction in the world today, habitat restoration provides one of the greatest opportunities for these species to persist, second only to the conservation of existing habitat. As the world’s population grows and the need for land expands, the more habitat we can resurrect the better.
That’s where you come in. We see Home Sweet Habitat as a community of Habitat Engineers, modifying their land to finally be suitable for wildlife other than raccoons and street cats. Imagine how a city would be transformed if every yard supported an array of native plants and animals. Would you enjoy where you lived a bit more? We know we would. And you will be able to rest easy knowing you are doing your part on the frontlines of conservation: your own home.
Restoration: Habitats that took millions of years to develop cannot be perfectly replicated with human intervention. Where possible, preserving the original habitat will always be the best solution. Still, most of us live on land that has been degraded with concrete and non-native landscaping, so a little bit of restoration can go a long way towards bringing nature to your doorstep.
Native Species: The best way to see more wildlife in your yard is to engineer the habitat that they would naturally thrive in. Native plants are uniquely adapted to your local environment and will provide the best option for adding ecological complexity to your home.
Design: For habitat to be functional, that requires ecological complexity. For habitat to look good, that requires design. We see ecological complexity and good design elements not as mutually exclusive, but rather as a critical dual responsibility.
Education: Changing the world one backyard at a time isn’t very fast. We need your help. In addition to the site visits and habitat action plans we will share on the blog, Home Sweet Habitat will provide ecological education via blog posts.
Community: Home Sweet Habitat is more than a blog. It is a movement. Whether or not you have a supportive community in your area, we invite you to join the online community of Habitat Engineers.