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Baby Chicks Grow Up – Part Two

Now a couple of months old, the quartet of chicks is exploring farther afield. After the cold and snowy introduction to the outside world in late March, they readily follow Mama Hen outside. Mama protects them inside from the other hens by cornering the chicks and...

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Texas Drawl in Alaska

You know Steve Brown is from Texas right away. Vernon, Texas, to be exact. Home of the Red River Valley Museum, that features native sons trombonist and singer, Jack Teagarden and singer-songwriter, Roy Orbison.  Brown’s drawl and easy manner draw you in. But, there...

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Chickens Up North

It may seem odd for a bird that evolved in tropical Southeast Asia to thrive up in the frigid north but increasing numbers of people are enjoying the benefits of backyard chickens in Canada, Maine, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, in Northern Minnesota, and even Alaska....

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Baby Chicks Grow Up

  We've had fun allowing the California White to brood and then raise four chicks we placed under her one night. She's been an attentive Mama showing the chicks how to eat, accept new foods, and forage outside in the snow. Each evening she tucks them into her feathers...

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Geese Families

“Loose as a goose” is an apt expression. Many people dislike Canada Geese for their habit of depositing droppings on trails and lawns. Despite their mess geese are intriguing birds, especially if they are carefully observed. We enjoy watching them all year and love...

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Hawk Rescue!

"Something Going On in that Tree" Guest Blog by Wahneta Dimmer Todd and I sat at the breakfast table - coffee for me and a coca cola for him - looking out the sliding glass doors at the backyard and out into the park beyond. As he half read the newspaper Todd said,...

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March Magic

Don’t Miss March’s Launch of Spring “If we do not permit the earth to produce beauty and joy it will in the end not produce food either,” Joseph Wood Krutch. Too many people miss March’s majesty by staying indoors. After all it’s usually too warm to enjoy cross...

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Lake Labyrinth Metaphor

  The lyrics to Enya's song, "Pilgrim" often roamed through my mind this winter as I walked the Phoenix Harmony Labyrinth in cold and warmth, snow and rain, trudged through deepening snow and slid over the icy path all in a quest to reach Center. Center - a physical,...

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Managing Our Broody Hen

We were surprised when one of our California White hens started acting strangely.  She puffed up her feathers, clucked in an unusual tone, and spent hours patiently sitting in a nest box. But. we know she’s not sick. She’s broody and wants to be a mom.   We are not...

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Moles In Winter

Moles in winter?  You bet! We were amused and amazed to look out our den window and see a heaped-up line of topsoil on top of several stepping stones.  Even in Winter, our moles are active! Many people hate moles because their tunneling raises mini ridges in the lawn...

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TURNING FOOD WASTE INTO BACKYARD GOLD

Americans Waste Food! We were astounded to read a news story stating that 20% of Iowa’s trash is food waste. That’s about 556,000 tons of food tossed out by our state’s people, and Iowan’s aren’t unusual.    Americans everywhere discard food into the trash or grind it...

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Amazing Ice!

Ice is a miraculous substance.  Actually, it is water that is so amazing. Ice is just one of its three phases. Water is essential for life and one of its unusual characteristics is how it behaves when its temperature drops. Like most substances water contracts as it...

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Where We Buy Garden Seed

Each winter we love discovering colorful seed catalogs in our mail. The landscape may be snowy and the air frigid but flipping through catalogs and savoring photos of flowering prairies and ripe tomatoes makes us think spring. We buy many types of seeds for our...

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Night Vision

Winter is the season of cold and darkness but there's no reason to stay inside. It's an outstanding time to enjoy the yard, a wetland, or a nearby woods, and these places are even more fascinating after dark than they are by day. Just use your night vision. Winding...

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Squirrel Condominiuims

Winter is the best time to spot dens and nests.  Usually, we think of bird nests, and we see abandoned ones topped with mounds of snow along roadsides and in shrubs.  When we look up, we also spot large clusters of leaves and sticks – squirrel nests. Squirrels make...

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2017 Labyrinths

Midwest by West by Southwest, I walked several labyrinths and with the help of several stellar friends re-created the labyrinth in our front yard. With the help of wonderful friends, the five-circuit Phoenix Harmony Labyrinth replaced the seven-circuit Classical...

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