"be the change you wish to see in the world" - Ghandi
Standing Tall Reserve's Habitat holds three certifications; 1. The National Wildlife Federation's worldwide network of mini-refuges, 2. The Conservation at Home program & 3. Monarch Watch as a registered Monarch Butterfly Waystation. These certifications serve as our guide to the land we maintain. We focus our woodland maintenance on removal of invasive species, water conservation methods, nectar plantings, and cultivation of milkweed plants.
Standing Tall's habitat offers wildlife the opportunity to feed on nuts including acorns & hickory nuts, berries such as wild blackberries & mulberries, and lots of seeds from a variety of grasses. Our acreage is located on The Mazon River, providing a year round water source. Areas of cover include woodlands, brush piles, and a variety of nesting boxes including Eastern Bluebird boxes, and an Owl box. We keep some dead trees on the property, also called snags, that provide places for certain wildlife to raise young along with the woodlands and thickets.
2018 has proved to be a banner year for wildlife! We had the great pleasure of hosting twin fawns and another fawn born later in the season toward end of May. What an amazing site it has been. Truly a gift.
We contribute to the overall health of the wildlife habitat's soil, water, and air through sustainable gardening practices including a natural occurring riparian buffer (woodland along the river) and by capturing rainwater from our roof in a water harvesting system under a permeable paver patio and reusing that water for our vegetable and flower gardens. In addition, we work each season to control invasive species such as garlic mustard and honeysuckle bushes while maintaining and adding to our native species collection including purple coneflower, nettles, and evening primrose. And finally, we have eliminated the use of all chemical pesticides and fertilizers while continuing our committment to compost and recycle.
Standing Tall Reserve has installed a 400 square feet raingarden. The function of this garden is to, among other things, reduce runoff to & help protect our river, recharge groundwater supplies & manage standing water during heavy rains.
In 2018 we planted approximatly 1/2 acre Wild Turkey Feeding Plot along the length of our driveway. This land was taken out of corn or soybean production to reduce chemical overspray from the traditionally farmed land to the south of Standing Tall Reserve. Instead of mowing this land, along with our neighbor, we planted a variety of mostly grasses, sunflowers, wildflowers and clovers to attract & provide feeding opportunities for Wild Turkey. It's been fun to watch what is coming up!