“Uniformity is not nature’s way; diversity is nature’s way.”
~ Dr. Vandana Shiva
The diverse variety of plant life in different habitats supports an equally vast array of wildlife species. From ants that aerate soil to the predatory baldeagle, Duke Farms is teeming with life. Hundreds of species live under the shady canopy of the woodlands, nest in and forage on meadow grasses, and rely on the lakes as a fresh water supply. Native wildlife contribute to habitat health by controlling pest populations, pollinating native plant species and playing a role in a complex food web. They are adapted to consume native plant species, so the health of native plants is vital to the survival of native animals. Non-native animals are also a threat because they compete with native animals for resources or use native animals as prey. Duke Farms staff and volunteers are undertaking measures to actively control invasive non-migrating Canada geese and monitor the health of native species. Continued monitoring and maintenance will promote healthy habitats that can support a growing population of beneficial native wildlife.