Fall is my favorite season, and means many things to me. Riding to the pumpkin patch at Huber's Orchard, decorating for Halloween and the cool, crisp weather have left me with many fond memories. But my favorite thing to do in the fall is to enjoy fall's beautiful color in all of its forms. To appreciate these colors, you need only go as far as your own backyard. At the back of my house, we have a beautiful maple tree whose leaves turn into the most spectacular colors every fall -- bright reds, yellows and oranges. We have turned our modest, suburban yard into a Certified Wildlife Habitat with the National Wildlife Federation. We have a small pond for a water supply, trees and bushes for shelter, and hundreds of native plants. This is especially important as native plants use less resources than plants from another part of the world. My backyard is very successful as a wildlife habitat. We have had opossums, raccoons, groundhogs, cottontail rabbits, moles, voles, shrews, mice, chipmunks, squirrels and dozens of bird species living here. This is amazing considering that we live in the middle of the city. We support the neighborhood chipmunk population! Right now, the zinnias and purple coneflowers, both native to Kentucky, are in full bloom, making our yard very colorful.
Kentucky is beautiful in the fall. Make sure that you get outside to enjoy the amazing colors of autumn. If you are interested in finding out more about the National Wildlife Federation's Certified Wildlife Habitat program, see its website