Avimor Stewardship Organization, Inc.
The Avimor development is deeply committed to the restoration and revegetation of key habitats for birds, insects, and wildlife. We are passionate about preserving the ecosystem of the foothills, and our development reflects our effort to live in harmony with nature. That is why we created the Avimor Stewardship Organization. It sponsors programs and activities to preserve and protect the environmentally sensitive areas in Avimor. It also creates a sense of "Community" by sponsoring programs and fun activities that get the residents involved in the community and with each other.
Avimor Homeowner's Guide to Living with Wildlife
Living at Avimor will offer you an amazing opportunity to experience native plant communities and wildlife right in your own backyard. However, those living in this beautiful location are also responsible for protecting its integrity and wildlife value. We must educate others on the ecology of the area and engage in good stewardship practices, which is why every homeowner in Avimor receives a copy of the Avimor Homeowner's Guide to Living with Wildlife. This handbook emphasizes the fact that the decisions we make with respect to our own backyards will affect the neighboring wildlife and associated habitat. Good stewardship practices such as planting native vegetation for landscaping, restricting the use of foothills trails during winter months, using organic fertilizers, and maintaining bird feeders will not only reduce impacts on wildlife but will also bring you many hours of enjoyment.
Avimor Conservation Easement
Avimor and the Ada Soil & Water Conservation District have designated approximately 400 acres of Avimor property as a permanent conservation easement. This property is valuable for its natural wildlife, recreational, and scenic value, and it will remain undeveloped in perpetuity. View Map Depicting the Avimor Conservation Easement
They are the uninvited guests who never leave...noxious weeds. Check out the Avimor Guide to Living with Wildlife
- The Ada County Noxious Weed website has good information on control efforts here.
- More information can be found on the Idaho Department of Agriculture site here.
Using native plant species for your landscaping needs is ideal. Native plants are already adapted to the foothill's climate and soil type, and they exist in balance with other plants and animals. As a result, native plants will generally require less water and maintenance and will be more resistant to insects and diseases than exotic plants. Native plants can also eliminate the need for herbicides and chemical fertilizers, which helps protect the soil and water from contamination. View List of Native Boise Foothills Plants. The Garden for Wildlife website from the National Wildlife Federation is a great resource for anyone interested in learning more about creating wildlife habitat in their own yard.
Many butterfly species and other pollinating insects are selective of the flowers they feed on. For example, Monarch caterpillars exclusively require milkweed plants. Swallowtails are attracted to parsnip, parsley, dill, fennel, and celery. A large number of butterflies are also attracted to blanket flowers, mallows, trilliums, clarkia, and wild strawberries. In general, ornate-aromatic species with colorful flowers will be used by many native pollinators.
More than 150 bird species have been documented at Avimor. This list of all bird species seen in the area is being compiled by residents, employees, contractors, and visitors of Avimor. We are confident that as riparian and shrub steppe areas are restored with native vegetation, populations of native birds will return and thrive. We can use your help in tracking our progress, and we request that you let us know of any special sightings of birds.
Avimor is a FIREWISE® Community
Firewise is a national program that involves homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, and others in the effort to protect people, property, and natural resources from the risk of wildland fire - before a fire starts. Learn more
We hope you find this information useful. Please contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns. We'd love to hear from you.
Charlie Baun, Conservation Director
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