Since 2005, Jim has monitored 16 bluebird boxes, known as the Hess Trail. In the 3 years we have monitored, we fledged a total of 94 babies. Click on the Hess Trail and you’ll see up-to-date numbers. In 2011, we have expanded to 24 boxes and he plans to ride his bike to check them! Keeping it eco-friendly where we can! When he checked on Sunday, we had 6 nests and 4 eggs. [Read more…] about Bluebird Trails
In my quest to provide a healthy environment for the plants, shrubs, and trees I am planting, propagating, and nurturing, I’ve been reading about soil and soil life. It’s totally fascinating! I know soil health was important but am continually amazed and awed by life and how it works. [Read more…] about Root Stimulant or Inoculant?
We completed our first prescribed burn in our woods and prairie this year! We spent several days preparing for this by clearing trees that fell during the winter. We used a backpack blower to clear around snags, trees, and the 2 brush piles we’re keeping for habitat purposes. We also mowed and blew a firebreak between our property and the neighboring property. [Read more…] about Prescribed Burns – Woods and Prairie
The American woodcocks have been serenading us with their wonderful sounds since March 14. It’s certainly not an early record for Wisconsin, but it’s an amazing event. And more amazing to step outside the backdoor and enjoy it! Many people have traveled distances to witness their flight dances only to find they weren’t performing. Their sounds involve a “peeeeent” call note, ground strutting displays, and the spiraling flight dance, which is a twittering created by their wings and vocalizations. These performances are given at dusk and dawn. [Read more…] about Wonders of the American Woodcock
When the developers created this subdivision, they looked around and said the rolling hills reminded them of Ireland. They looked through county names and decided on Westmeath, originally named because it is west of Meath County. The major industry in Westmeath County in Ireland is farming and agriculture, making it a nice match for this area of Wisconsin! [Read more…] about What’s in a name?