Sharon Sorenson looked outside of her kitchen and saw what would look like a small gray bird with touches of yellow. To her it was a vision bordering on the miraculous, writes Mary Jo Bowling, a Houzz Editorial Staff Member. Sorenson has transformed her yard from 2 acres of grass dotted with a small stand of birch trees and some juniper bushes flanking the driveway into a landscape abundant with plants that produce nectar, seeds, nesting material and shelter. Naturalist Alan Gehret, curator of collections at the John James Audubon State Park Museum & Nature Center in Henderson, Kentucky, says “Over the last 10 to 20 years, we have seen some bird species populations drop dramatically — some as much as 50 percent. This is largely due to loss of habitat and alteration in their environment,” he says. “When it comes to creating habitats, every little bit helps. When someone creates a place like the Sorenson’s, it provides safe havens for birds and makes a difference in their survival.” Sorenson story is amazing, her photo’s breathtaking and she would like us to consider new ways to garden. Read and see more: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/45000067?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u1076&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery2
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