Bringing Biodiversity to a Backyard
"The August we moved into this house, I found canister upon canister of herbicides and pesticides on the worktable in the garage. That first summer, very few pollinators braved the poisoned turf. They'd flit from one rare dandelion to the next, then buzz away, seemingly forlorn. But this year I've counted numerous species of bee, more than two dozen different kinds of birds, and a slew of moths and butterflies, including monarchs."
In this affecting essay, poet and writer Camille T. Dungy shares how she has transformed her formerly sterile yard into a habitat humming with native life — and how the process of doing it challenges her values and shifts her sense of self. Check it out in Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments.