Our Let’s Get Outside project took us to Cameron City Park, 12 Street Park, Cameron and Airport Park, and O. J. Thomas Park.
At Cameron City Park we saw natives, mushrooms , and former swimming pool.
12 St. Park has beautiful trees and a nice pond.
Cameron Park has a fun pool and Airport Park great baseball fields.
O. J. Thomas Park has swings and basketball hoops. All were very well maintained and offer quiet, pretty places for recreation, walking, picnics, or observing nature.
I focused on three small yellow wildflowers in order to learn to distinguish them–Bitterweed, Camphor weed, and Straggler Daisy. The leaves are very different.
You will be amazed at how much you will know in a few years if you learn in small steps. Attending these latest walks were Linda Jo, Donna, Scott, Debra, Jackie T. , Connie, Pamela and Ruby, Kim and Catherine (me). Most fun–eating together at Dairy Queen and listening to Connie’s (who was mayor of Cameron for many years) tales of the city’s history.
Next year we will continue our Milkweed/Monarch project and create a network for sharing milkweed, info and habitats. A recent Monarch seminar taught us how to raise milkweed from seed. We’ll create here a walk-in enclosure in the Milam Wildscape for the project.
To follow up on Lisa’s post yesterday, it turns out that 10% of caterpillars make it to butterflies and 10% of those survive full adulthood. Two of my butterflies were born with wrinkled wings, so I fed them sugar water, took them for outside trips, and after a couple of weeks they passed peacefully. Other options were to euthanize or leave outside. This way they had a good life.
We are watching Gulf Fritillary chrysalises now. They look like leaves to fool predators.