Natural Habitats & Nature Conservation
The communities we serve are severely plagued with blight, most of which is captured on vacant and abandoned parcels throughout these communities. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is our motto here at Rescue MI Nature NOW, Inc., as we look at these vacant parcels as opportunities to engage the community and nature.
As a Nonprofit organization in Michigan, we love transforming once abandoned parcels into productive landscapes. One of our most common transformations includes developing wildlife habitats. In 2019, our pollinator garden was certified as a Wildlife Habitat. In order to achieve this, we preserve native plant species and install pollinator treatments. This application increases the amount of naturally occurring pollinator visitors we already receive, like various bees and butterflies.
The Butterfly Garden
One of the projects we are most proud of is our Butterfly Garden coming in 2020. This project is dear to us here at Rescue MI Nature NOW, Inc. because it was inspired by the unheard voice of a senior citizen resident.
The site of the Butterfly Garden initially was the location of an abandoned property. This abandoned house presented not only a nuisance to the community but also a danger. This property was subject to fire damage which caused structural problems and because it was vacant for so long, it allowed for rodents to harbor. To make matters worse, this hazardous property was located next door to a long term senior citizen resident whose complaints to local government had fallen on deaf ears.
Rescue MI Nature NOW, Inc. partnered with Green’s Environmental and Keep It Clean Block Club to demolish the structure and transform the unused space. This project is a total of three phases: Phase I included the demolition; in Phase II we rejuvenated the soil and applied organic compost and wood chips to the site; In Phase III coming in 2020, we will apply a beautification treatment and install plants that will attract various butterfly species, like Monarchs and Swallowtails.