PoisonMind t1_j7w7cmt wrote

I've often passed by a place called Beiler's Structures in Burtonsville that advertises Amish craftsmanship, but from the looks of it, they specialize in outdoor furniture, gazebos, sheds, and that sort of thing.


PoisonMind t1_j0bq12a wrote

Yeah, we're registered as a monarch waystation.. You need milkweed, a source of nectar, and water. We planted sunflowers and green and gold, and the birds planted partridge peas and bone set. The sunflowers in particular are fun to watch because they support so many animals, they're like their own little ecosystem: aphids, ants, grasshoppers, mantises, spiders, butterflies, bees, wasps, birds, and squirrels.


PoisonMind t1_j09rtia wrote

We also planted milkweed in our front yard this year, and got dozens of monarchs. We actually inspired a few of our neighbors to do the same, and we even got a very insect-phobic neighbor to hold a butterfly for a few seconds.


PoisonMind t1_iymldcg wrote

I don't think hunting is nearly popular enough to replace the lack of natural predators, but every bit helps.

The problem with deer overpopulation is that it prevents forest regeneration, which leads you get soil erosion, which allows for more runoff, which leads to polluted water, and it also helps invasive species proliferate (because deer don't eat those). It's all sorts of bad news for the local ecology.


PoisonMind t1_iymjmih wrote

We extirpated the wolves and the mountain lions, and have nearly extirpated coyotes, which were their only natural predators, so their population exploded, and they lost their fear of predators.

Suburban environments are also ideal environments for fringe grazers like deer. (Deer don't actually prefer deep forest.)

This is why I support deer hunting. It's the next best option to reintroducing wolves.

To see what happens when you do reintroduce predators, look at what happened when they reintroduced wolves to Yellowstone and otters to the Pacific Northwest.