Our family loves wildlife. We love watching turkeys and sand cranes cross into the corn field. We have LOTS of birdfeeders and popular topics at the dinner table include, "I saw bluebirds today!" Granted, the teenagers are a little less enthusiastic about it than Jim and me, but we're hoping our excitement will rub off.
We have this area, about 6 acres that used to be a corn field. It's not surrounded by a fence, but there's nothing but field there and really nothing to attract deer and other critters for us to watch. Our solution? Buy 5,000 trees from the DNR and make our very own critter area. Our hope is that in a few years we will have a hay ride through the area and show everyone our beautiful, planned woods. Since I'm a city girl, I had no idea how the process to plant trees worked. I thought we'd use a post hole digger, or a shovel. My husband assured me that we would rent a tree planter, but since I didn't know what a tree planter was, I was still skeptical. So, here's my post about how we did it. If you're interested in planting DNR trees too, and want to see the finished product in person, give me a call!