WILDFLOWER & POLLINATOR GARDEN This year the Wildflower Garden burst into bloom! After a year or two of patient, persistent care and effort, the half-acre Wildflower & Pollinator Garden in the Chapman Sanctuary and Visny Woods meadow bloomed spectacularly! From early spring, through the summer and all the way into late autumn the field above Teacup Lake has been graced with glorious, native wildflowers. What a treasure it has been from start to finish with shows of clover, daisies, lilies, berries, grasses and other varieties too numerous to list.
The Wildflower & Pollinator Garden was a huge success in attracting all manner of pollinators, birds and other wildlife. Butterflies, bees, and all sorts of pollinating insects have benefitted from the many blooms planted specifically to provide them (and in turn larger mammals) with a multi-seasonal food source. It is worth noting that Monarch Butterflies were present in good numbers and are likely to return to a successful habitat next year.
A Black Bear felt quite at home in the garden and spent many leisurely hours helping him/herself to the abundance of clovers and berries. Coyotes were also a frequent presence in the Wildflower Garden. They took advantage of the small mammals who were attracted by the food source and natural habitat options. The coyotes would often bed down as a family right in the middle of the garden’s taller blooms and grasses.
Birds too were attracted to the Wildflower & Pollinator garden where they had more than enough insects to eat, while nectar-loving species also enjoyed lots of food options. One particularly benefitted species was the population of Tree Swallows who were nesting in the CSVW Birdhouses. Swallows didn’t need to travel far to catch insects for themselves or their nestlings and we had several successful nests this year. There was consistently a terrific variety of wild birds in the garden, at the feeders, in the trees or down at Teacup Lake on any given day: Common Yellow-throats, Indigo Buntings, Eastern Blue-birds, Cedar Wax-wings, and the list goes on and on!
After the killing frosts but before the snow falls, the Wildflower & Pollinator Garden and the fields have been properly maintained by mowing and are all ready for a long New Hampshire winter. We look forward 2019 and anticipate more successful blooms and a healthy wildlife population!
2018 WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS & HABITAT
2017 WILDLIFE HABITAT MANAGEMENT
With the help of many volunteers, 61 shrubs & bushes along with 10 Crabapple trees were planted last summer/fall throughout CSVW. A survey in late June 2017 confirmed that all of the Crabapple trees have survived the winter along with 56 of the shrubs and bushes. When mature, these will become food sources for CSVW birds and animals.
All the CSVW bird houses were cleaned in late winter and new shavings added. It was noted, while cleaning, that all of the bird houses had been occupied in 2016. The bird boxes were occupied again this year and had successful nests of Tree Swallows and others. Eastern Phoebes were hatched from under the eaves of the Chapman House and they grew safely to maturity there. The CSVW feeders were visited by a great numbers of Red-breasted Grosbeak, American Goldfinch, Hairy & Downy Woodpeckers, Purple & Red Finches, House Finch and many other varieties. Hermit Thrush and Vireos could be heard out in the forest and remained mostly out of sight. A Scarlet Tanager was spotted in the trees behind the residence this year! Overall there has been great numbers and diversity in the CSVW bird population this year.
Teacup Lake enjoyed a terrific assortment of birds and animals who found food & shelter in the water and along the edges. There were plenty of newts, salamanders, turtles, snakes and frogs and insects of every description. Hooded and Common Mergansers were seen often as were Baltimore Orioles, Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Yellow-throats and a long list of other warblers and sparrows taking advantage of the food sources and nesting possibilities. A Great Blue Heron spent a few days in the tall grasses catching frogs and surprise visit from a Solitary Sandpiper was a great addition to the list of wildlife sightings at Teacup Lake!
Wildlife Habitat Management efforts on the trails help to provide open spaces for larger animals and CSVW did have bear and deer present in those areas. There was a cow moose and her youngster frolicking in Teacup Lake this autumn! A moose has been spotted on the River Trail as well. During the Annual CSVW Bird Walk, a Wood Thrush was spotted in the brush piles left after the open-space clearing. Other wildlife in residence this year included muskrats, foxes, rabbits, river otter and other smaller animals and raptors.
2017 WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS & HABITAT
2016 WILDLIFE HABITAT MANAGEMENT
June 18 & 25, 2016 Volunteers spent the afternoon planting several variety of bushes including Serviceberry and Highbush Cranberry (viburnum trilobum) as part of Wildlife Habitat Management. The edible fruit produced can attract and provide food for a variety of wildlife.
May 20, 2016
Set one hawk box at the old logging yard off Tappan Trail
Set bat box in the field at Tea Cup Lake (photo)
Another hawk box is placed at a second site where the hole has been dug with hopes to set box soon
4/20/16 Work on the final phase of thinning the wildlife habitat has ended. The holes needed to set the 30 ft. poles for the 2 Kestrel Hawk boxes and the 1 bat box are completed and poles will be set as soon as a truck crane is available.
1/1/16 The last phase of thinning (logging) the wildlife habitat will begin in mid January completing this phase of our Wildlife Habitat Management Plan.
1/20/16 Work has started on thinning the wildlife habitat, please use caution while using the trails.
2/27/16 The CSVW invited Cub Pack 369 from Moultonbough to join sanctuary coordinator Sarah Norton in the cleaning and preparing of several birdhouses located on the sanctuary property in anticipation of the upcoming migration. What initially was to be an event on snowshoes turned out to be more of a hike due to the lack of snow. This did not however dull these scouts spirits. It turned out to be a beautiful day.
Each scout and some of the parents took turns cleaning each birdhouse, adding new shavings and spraying the poles with ammonia to prevent any hungry or curious critters from trying to build their homes or make a meal of the new occupants. The scouts were excited to discover that in a few of the houses mice had built nests, and were amazed that they could climb the poles to get in the houses. The scouts also enjoyed reading several of the information stations located along the trails such as what a logging bow and a stone culvert were. All in all it was a great day. The scouts earned their Community Service Badges, had a great time on the trails with their friends and families and even learned a few things along the way. We look forward to sharing many more outdoor experiences with these young adventurers. Photos on Calendar Page.