Hounds of Erie is a part of Alternative Land Use Systems (ALUS) supported by Ontario Nature, with space on their property made to provide habitat to species at risk. They have bird boxes on every row in the orchard, as well as some bat boxes. They have already had a few nesting pairs of bluebirds, barn owls, hawks, and falcons in the vineyard. Their relationship with these birds is symbiotic. The more insectivores Mat and Melissa have on their property, the fewer bugs they have to deal with eating their fruit. Mat particularly appreciates the small kestrel falcons that avoid eating the insectivores but eat the other birds fond of grapes.
Their property is only two kilometres from Lake Erie, and they are concerned about the rising water levels. Mat jokes that with the four meters of erosion happening to the shoreline, they will “have beachfront property someday.” Sadly, he also recognizes that would mean Long Point, where they love going down to for fish and chips, would be entirely gone.