Girl Scout Nature Program

by Catherine Johnson

The Girl Scout Nature Program hosted by our Master Naturalist group in May was a great success, with 23 people attending.  The scouts kept Lisa Milewski and Donna Lewis busy with questions.

Donna Lewis watches as Lisa Milewski talks to the Girl Scouts.
Donna Lewis makes a point. Get it?

Master Naturalists Dorothy Mayer and Pamela Neeley also participated in the program. 

Everyone had refreshments and toured the Milam Wildscape and Bird and Bee Farm.  They got to see newly hatched Rio Grande Turkeys.  We were thrilled when the older scouts requested to create projects in the Wildscape. 

After this success, we plan to offer  all Milam County Girl Scout troops programs like this.

(Sorry we were a little late posting this update!)

a donkey and kids
Scruffy the donkey was quite a hit with the troop.

Wildscape Project Update

by Catherine Johnson

We hope you enjoy this gallery of photos showing progress that is being made by our team and other volunteers at the Wildscape being constructed at Bird and Bee Farm.

Baby milkweed
More milkweed
Recycled equipment planter with flowers
Another planter full of native plants
Larger planter with water for butterflies
Larger view with all the planters in progress.

Home Habitat Ideas

by Sue Ann Kendall and Catherine Johnson

Hi friends. Sorry about the lack of blog posts! I’ve been out of town a lot. But the next few days I’ll catch you up on what we’ve received. Remember, the blog can’t blog without YOUR input!

Here are some photos sent in by Catherine Johnson of her home’s habitat. You’ll find a lot of creative ideas that you might be able to re-create in your own yard, garden, or woodland.

For bathing in the moonlight
An old air conditioner tray being re-used as a bird bath. Note the places for birds to sit.
An old spreader being used as a mobile planter.
Cactus planter and old cast-iron sink.
Wildflowers left unmown to form a border.

Thanks so much for all the ideas for re-use in the garden, Cathy! Readers, do you have any creative ideas to share? Contact Sue Ann Kendall and send some words and pictures! (If you can’t find my email address, comment below and I’ll get it to you.)

Now, That’s Nature: Post Oaks Plus

I thought you might enjoy some photos of massive post oaks I saw–Sue Ann

The Hermits' Rest

It has rained so much the past few days that it feels like I live at a mosquito farm. Everywhere I go I’ve been eaten up, though the barn swallows are trying to keep up with them at the ranch.

“Lake Travis” in Cameron. Photo by Martha Nethers.

Martha says that our old office on Travis is now located at “Lake Travis.” Birds love to bathe in it, but they can’t enjoy their lovely patio at the moment. (By the way, they recently saw a mother opossum and all her babies on her back–sure with I had a photo!)

Sink spider

The rains have also driven a lot of things indoors. A group of wolf spiders is hanging out in the kitchen of the old church building. I hope they scoot back out before the pest control dudes come!

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