For the most part, though, the buzzing wildlife on the premises makes for an entertaining cottage experience. How could it not? The animal kingdom is full of beautiful and intelligent creatures! (If any of your city dwelling friends need evidence, just start ‘em off easy with a trip to the Rainforest Cafe for lunch sometime; the animatronic gorillas are pretty convincing.)
This summer is a chance to be on the lookout for nature’s finest, and if you want to lure them in, here are a few tips on how to get them in the palm of your hand:
Chipmunks and squirrels will come a-runnin’ for a wild strawberry buffet. But they’ll have some competition, cedar waxwings and ruffled grouse are also crazy for berries. Enough of them in your yard and you’ll practically be Snow White.
Blackberries & Raspberries
Birds galore! Cardinals, catbirds, rose-breasted grosbeaks, scarlet tanagers...you’ll go from Snow White to that bird lady in Home Alone 2, only not as creepy.
Mountain Ash Trees
Moose (meese?), white-tailed deer, bohemian waxwings ( the most boho chic in the bird family), thrushes, and robins can all be seen hanging out around this type of tree, so get gardening.
Make sure you know the bear situation in your area and avoid leaving food out unsupervised. Happy Critter Watching!