Cultivate a special place for wildlife at your home, farm, forestland, or campus – a place that you can take pride in, watch wildlife, and feel good about.
You are an eco-minded landowner and want to create thriving wildlife habitats right where you are – in your backyard, farm, woods, or business campus.
I will partner with you to build a beautifully biodiverse place that reflects your values and provides wildlife with the special places they need to nourish themselves, stay safe, and raise young. You can provide all of this to wildlife, right where you are, and at any scale. You can begin right now. It’s easier than you think...
I make it fun and personal!
Choose from one of the following services:
Property Consultations: in-person (on-site) or virtual (via video conference)
Habitat Designs (a specialized type of ecological landscape design)
Wildlife Habitat Plans for Forestland, Farmland, Conservation Lands, & More
Habitat Assessments & Plans for Land Trusts, Towns, and Private Landowners
Invasive Plant Assessments & Native Plant Restoration Plans
In-person Property Consultation
Service area includes all of Maine and parts of other northern New England States.
I will personally visit your property and:
Listen carefully to your concerns and identify your specific interests and values,
Help you define clear goals for your wildlife habitat and landscape situation,
Walk your land with you and provide specific on-site recommendations for your unique plot of land – whether your property is ¼ acre or a thousand acres.
The In-person Property Consultation includes:
Devoted time spent on your property (for any length of time you choose - usually 1 to 2 hours),
My complete attention: I will be laser-focused on your specific land, listening carefully, and responding with thoughtful advice and expert suggestions.
A summary report reiterating what we discussed in the field, including a clear outline of key recommendations for how to enhance wildlife habitat, right where you are.
Relevant bonus guideline documents for wildlife habitat improvements (how-to documents for bird houses, invasive plant removal guidelines, or my top sources for native plants, for example).
Recommended native plantings for specific sites you’d like to enhance, or for problem areas, etc.
Virtual Property Consultation
Service area: Eastern and Northeastern United States.
I will connect with you on-line (via Zoom video conferencing) to:
Provide you with a Property Consultation (see above description) but within the scope of a virtual (internet) experience.
Leverage on-line maps, imagery, and photos, as well as any materials and information you send me ahead of time, to provide you with well-informed and customized recommendations for your unique situation.
Build a customized Pinterest board for you which will include images and weblinks of recommended plantings/habitat improvements. Pinterest is a web-based bulletin board of images and bookmarks and is very popular because of its visual appeal as an organizational tool. The boards are useful for many clients because they can continue adding to it after the consultation as they gather ideas and inspiration for their gardens and other habitat project(s). If you do not want a Pinterest Board I will simply develop a document of images and notes for you instead.
Provide a recording of the entire video call (consultation) which you can re-visit as many times as you want to refresh your memory of what we discussed, and to review the recommendations I made.
Provide relevant bonus guideline documents for wildlife habitat improvements (how-to documents for installing bat houses or my top sources for native plants, for example).
Customized Habitat Design Package
A First Light Habitat Design is a specialized type of ecological landscape design that is thoughtfully designed to provide quality wildlife habitat that is artfully integrated with human habitat (a home, yard, garden, farm, business or academic campus, and/or managed forestland).
A First Light Habitat Design can provide:
Thriving habitat for key wildlife species
Ecological integrity across your landscape.
When you hire me to develop a customized habitat design I will personally visit your property and:
Provide all of the services of an In-person Property Consultation (above)
PLUS The Habitat Design package includes:
A one-of-a-kind, visually appealing drawing, schematic, or map of your habitat design.
Guidelines and recommendations for implementing the design to enhance wildlife habitat, right where you are.
Examples of a habitat design include: a planting scheme for a pollinator garden or meadow, restoration of a buffer zone along a stream, comprehensive plantings of native shrubs and trees in a backyard, enhancement of brook trout habitat in a stream, grassland bird habitat design for an old hayfield, or a harvesting scenario to increase wildlife foods on a woodlot, and many more – the possibilities are endless!
Please contact me to receive a quote for the customized habitat design package. Many factors will be used to generate this quote including, but not limited to, the property location (travel time), the size and accessibility of the property, the complexity of the property’s features, and the complexity of the desired design.