Robert Perkins, a person in Nova Scotia has become a role model to everyone by building a wetland paradise in his backyard for animals in tribute to his lost love. The eight ponds in the wetland, which Robert Perkins dug into the ground are now a haven for herons, frogs, snapping turtles, and beavers.

In 1974, Perkins met Rhonda on the sidewalk, and the two of them get along pretty well. One of the common interests they had is they both loved animals, and Rhonda had a dream to live in a place where they could live in harmony with the wetland. Rhonda had a thorny life and traumatizing childhood. She then committed suicide in 2006, after that Perkins created an earthly paradise where Rhonda’s spirit could rest in peace.


Without wasting time, Perkins began digging large holes and trenches for around eight water features by renting an excavator. During the process of nine years, his land went from being a neighborly headache to a shelter for wildlife.

“I just seen a better way to do it. When we build our subdivisions we clear all the trees, we dry the hills, drive all the water down to the lakes, all the pollution… The beavers hold it back, filter it,” Perkins told CBC news.


Wetland habitats are the perfect magnets for wildlife. Not only that, but also wetlands provide the most complete package of ecosystem services, such as preventing erosion, sequestering carbon, enriching the soil, and supporting game populations.

The dedicated guy, Perkins bought the land for the construction and he built the wetland himself, but when building such wetlands in the backyard, it’s important to consider the properties of the soil. For example, rocky soil drains fast, while clay will act as a natural sealant, soil with high clay content will help in accumulating soil particles together and preventing drainage.


Perkins said there’s no need for him to wonder what Rhonda might think of the place, he always feels her presence whenever he walks through his wetlands, He said he feels her presence whenever he walks alone among the trees, walking the reeds, and the ponds, looking at birds, beavers, or reptiles, and listening to the songbirds and frogs.

“Is it painful? Sometimes,” said Perkins. “But I couldn’t walk away from her… If I’m here, she’s here.”


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