Saturday, July 30, 2011

"Certified Wildlife Habitat"!

Last week, the land of Bunker Hill Vineyard and Winery was certified as "Certified Wildlife Habitat" by the National Wildlife Federation! This was made possible because we provide and maintain all the basics for wildlife to thrive..."Water, Cover, Food, Quality Habitat and a place to Raise their young". As you enter our Wine Accessory building on your next visit, please look to your left. Positioned next to the sidewalk is a sign commemorating this honor (see photo).

Certified Wild Life Habitat sign in front of our  Farm Accessory Building.
As most of you know, we are a "Green" environmentally responsible vineyard and winery. We consider our resident wildlife an integral part of this environment. They live here freely and are never hunted nor harassed. We consider it a privilege to share our land with these animals. This same wildlife is represented on all of our wine labels (see photo).

Our wine labels represent the wild animals on Bunker Hill Vineyard's protected lands.
For the first time, we would like to share with you a small glimpse of our on-going concern for their welfare.

At various times throughout the year, assorted species of birds choose our vines as a safe and secure place to raise their young. When this happens, we consider that vine a restricted area. We run a "caution" tape around the chosen vine and suspend all maintence to that vine until the baby birds leave the nest. At this time, we do have an active nest of "Morning Doves" on one of our vines (see photos).

Caution tape protection.

Two baby Morning Doves.
 Although we're not absolutely certain, there appears to be 2 babies in the nest. Even though we are in our grape picking season, we will Not pick any grapes from this vine!

You are welcome to visit our vineyard/winery (Monday ~ Sunday, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm) and take photos of this mother Dove and her babies, but all photos Must be taken from a safe distance.
Thank You for Your Support...Larry and Lenora

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