GH senior citizen home attracting wildlife

Sanctuary at the Shore officials hope to attract wild residents to their facility. They aren't looking for senior citizens who raise havoc and party all night - they'd be happy with a few rabbits, squirrels and songbirds.
Marie Havenga
Oct 14, 2011


Local landscape architect Deb Pless has been creating wildlife habitat at the senior living community, 900 S. Beacon Blvd., for the last three years. On Thursday, the senior facility celebrated becoming a certified wildlife habitat — a designation granted by the National Wildlife Federation based on four criteria: cover, water, food and shelter.

“This is an ongoing process,” said Pless, who owns Plesslane Design in Spring Lake Township. “Down the road, I’ll be building more bird houses.”

Pless has added a new beach grass entryway garden, a healing rose garden and fountain. On Thursday, she donated a feeding station.

“The whole idea is to bring in more songbirds and that type of thing,” Pless said. “The whole philosophy is to create beauty. I think every person looking out their window should look out on something beautiful.”

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