A Nature-Lover's Haven for Animals
Character is not a word many would use to describe the neighborhoods outside Denver. A modest brick rancher is the exception to the rule.
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A tall canopy of trees wraps the home's backyard. Roll down your windows when you drive by and the songs of birds fill the air. At night, you might glimpse a raccoon darting through the yard, or a snake slithering by on a hot afternoon.
"OK. There goes a swallow-tailed butterfly through the back yard right now," says Forrey, sitting at a kitchen table in front of a large window.
Like hundreds of nature-lovers, Forrey has spent years creating a habitat for animals — everything from birds to bees, snakes to squirrels — around his home. In 1985, the National Wildlife Federation certified his property as a backyard wildlife habitat.
Hundreds of certified habitats in Colorado include everything from a 5,000-acre ranch to an apartment balcony, says Julie McGarvey, senior educator for the National Wildlife Federation's Rocky Mountain Natural Resource Center, in Boulder.
It's clear at a glance why Forrey's yard earned the distinction. A dozen whimsical birdhouses and feeders hang from his porch roof. Forrey built many of them in his basement wood shop. Others are simple, like a plate of seed or a tuna can full of suet and seed.
In the yard, even more feeders and birdhouses hang from a dense forest of trees.