How to quantify results of a backyard shift to natives

For this to be a true effort in providing habitat to native pollinators and birds we must be able to identify the species involved as well as quantify the results. What is a measure of success? How many life cycles constitute a stable population? Of course the first goal is to see species the first year. And the second, to see them earlier in the year. And the 3rd year? Is 3 full cycles of a butterfly or bees life enough to show progress. Then determining how to present this information in an easy to read format.

Mary Ann Borge’s site is a good place for ideas for the overview of what pollinators are found and where. Even differentiating between male and female flowers. I need a wiki though of the collection and ease for accumulating counts. Perhaps start with the flowers and grasses; then add the species found.

An amateur gardener who loves to watch the garden grow.

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