Friends of the Forest, a 501(c)(3) organization, is dedicated to the protection and welfare of native bees. Our mission is to promote sustainable and biodynamic beekeeping through education, experience-based research, and a honeybee sanctuary and to help restore the health and vitality of the honeybee worldwide. In addition, our mission focuses on the conservation and preservation of their habitat through returning overfarmed land into wildflower meadows and forests. At Friends of the Forest, our mission is to make sure all species can coexist— by teaching children and adults to understand and appreciate wildlife, by sharing knowledge and instructions on how to live peacefully with the animals among us, and by advocating for better protection of wildlife and our remaining open spaces.
Friends of the Forest needs a home that can provide the following:
- 4 acres +/- for planting a wildflower meadow. Research shows wildlife-friendly farming can quickly help bird populations bounce back, but a large-scale rollout is needed to reverse long-term declines. Wildflower-rich meadows are very rare and important habitats. Some of these grasslands support an amazing number of wildflower species as well as providing habitats for many species of birds, invertebrates, amphibians and mammals. In particular, they provide very important supplies of pollen and nectar for bumblebees and other insect pollinators.
- An area to plant a new orchard full of different varieties of baby fruit trees, blueberry and raspberry bushes, and different veggie crops scattered around.
- Apiaries will be set up in the meadows since bees are responsible for the pollination of wildflowers. They also support the natural habitats for other animals and useful insects.
- A rehabilitation area that will consist of a small building for bird intake, medical assessment, flight cages, etc.
- A barn that would serve as a nesting site for declining chimney swifts and barn swallows as well as house farm supplies.
- ½ acre for constructing aviaries for permanent residents.
In Closing: At Friends of the Forest, our mission is to make sure all species can coexist— not just by treating sick or injured songbirds, but also by teaching children and adults to understand and appreciate wildlife, by sharing knowledge and instructions on how to live peacefully with the animals among us and by advocating for better protection of wildlife and our remaining open spaces.