Ecological services and nursery

As we develop more land area, it becomes increasingly important that we be more conscientious about the way we landscape around our buildings and roads. Using more native plants in these areas helps maintain biodiversity and retain ecosystem services. 

 Your landscape, no matter how small or large, can provide valuable habitat for wildlife and pollinators.

For the Birds and the Bees is a single-person operation in Kannapolis, NC.
The owner and sole worker-bee, Carrie DeJaco is knowledgeable and passionate about our native ecosystems.  Her goal is to help others better understand our natural environment and our impacts on it.  She is a professor at Pfeiffer University where she teaches courses such as Field Botany, Reconciliation Ecology, Animal Behavior, and Wildlife and Conservation Biology.

In her "spare" time, Carrie works to maximize biodiversity and ecosystem services in her yard so she can be dazzled by the complexities of nature.  She spends time removing invasive plants and teaching others to do so.  She provides guidance to others so they can increase the biodiversity and ecosystem services on their own properties, and propagates native plants to help supply the ever-growing demand for them.  She gives talks to groups in the area on topics ranging from climate change to pollinator gardening to water conservation.

See other pages on this website to learn more about Carrie, the business, and what she offers.

One of the main drivers of loss of biodiversity is loss of habitat.  When we lose biodiversity, we lose ecosystem services-- the things that nature does for us that we take for granted, like pollination, groundwater recharge, and flood control.      

To maintain as many ecosystem services as possible and reduce our expenses for replacing those sorts of services, we need to make every effort to restore native plants to our developed areas.  

As we continue to take over natural spaces, we can choose to design our man-made landscapes in ways that will restore ecosystem services that are typically lost due to habitat destruction.  This concept of designing our human-dominated landscapes such that they can be shared with nature and provide improved ecosystem services is known as reconciliation ecology.        

By simply using more native plants in our landscaping, we can reduce soil erosion and flooding, increase groundwater recharge, and provide more sustenance for wildlife.  

We can help rebuild the damaged food web and bring to our landscape more opportunity to admire the beauty of nature in the butterflies, birds, bees, and bats (and many other animals that don't start with "b") attracted to the bounty we've provided . 

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I can help you determine how to modify your own corner of the world to help provide food and habitat for pollinators and other wildlife. I can even provide you with native plants with which to do so!

I offer my expertise in the field of reconciliation ecology as an ecological consultant and landscape designer, with the focus being the modification of human-dominated landscapes such that they enable utilization by species in addition to our own.

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