Front the front view, the Goshen home of Donald and Marie Clemens looks like many others in the neighborhood. However, the rear of the house is a completely different story.
Marie Clemens says, "My back yard is for the birds."
What started as a hobby has evolved into a passion. Now, it is an idea for a 50th wedding anniversary present for the Clemens family.
Marie explains, "We had always enjoyed watching the birds when we had bigger trees around, now we've lost some of those trees so we wanted to build a bird sanctuary in the backyard."
With the help of Linton's Gardening Professionals, a plan was drawn for the backyard. Trees and various flowers were carefully selected to attract local birds and keep them in their yard
Mark Linton from Linton’s Gardening Professionals recommends, "When you are attracting birds you want to make sure you've got spring producing berries…anything that produces a berry also blooms."
Marie personally enjoys hemlock. "The hemlocks are good nesting trees and we saw birds in and out of those this year, it's just delightful."
The center piece of the yard is a one thousand gallon goldfish pond which doubles as a bird bath and will run continuously year round.
Donald Clemens says, "We can sit out here and listen to the ambiance, listen to the waterfalls, and just relax."
The Clemens's say they are already noticing some new birds in the back yard such as little ducks, cardinals, chickadees, nut hatches, woodpeckers, and sparrows.
While Donald loves spending his retirement watching these birds he says there is only one drawback to this entire project. "It's a full time job, Marie wants the birds, but I've got to fill up the feeders.”
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