A ‘wildscape park’ for a back yard
Itprettymuchinvolves opening their Allday Street back door.
The Hirt property is now recognized as a Texas Parks & Wildlife Texas Wildscape.
TP&W began the program in 1994 to certify properties who “put out the welcome mat” for wildlife and encourage “gardening for wildlife.”
The Hirts qualify at all levels. “We’ve seen deer, raccoons, cottontail rabbits, lizards, frogs, butterflies, all kinds of birds,” Evelyn said.
The clicking-buzzing of hummingbirds is commonplace for any visitor who rests for more than a couple of minutes.
Ponds sport several kinds of fish and are landing strips for dragonf lies and screech owls are common night-time residents.
Dozens of plant species adorn the yard. “I’ve got a place I call my wild corner for the native plants,” Evelyn said.
Evelyn applied for the Texas Wildscape designation after seeing a form in a newspaper. “We sent in photos and lots of information,” she said.
For information call TP&W at 512-389-4644.
“There are times we’ve thought about going somewhere to see wildlife and we’ve decided just to stay home and look at our own back yard,” Johnny laughed.