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    Very nice
     
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    That is gorgeous Bud!
     
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    I picked up a Mi Tree. Book, might be a black ash. It deff has that kind of leaf.
     
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    The tree I'm looking to identify may be a Hop-hornbeam. Description of the bark in the book seem more likely than a ash.
     
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    The Bird Bath looks like a hot tub. Lol
    The new feeder is a busy place. The squirrels leave it alone with the alum on the post. I haven’t seen one make it past a few inches.
     
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    Recently found this photo of a Whooping crane I took in 2016 at the International Crane Foundation. I never really gave this photo a second look when I was initially going through my photos. I take so many that occasionally some good ones slip through and I don't find them until months or years later. Anyway, this is now one of my favorite photos from that trip. What an amazing dinosaur!


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    First snowy hike of the winter.

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    Here's the second snowy hike from last Friday.
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    The third snowy hike was this morning. Had some wet snow overnight into this morning, so everything stuck to the trees. Here's a photo taken in the exact same location.
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    Before the weather last night and this morning, we had all the previous snow melt due to warmer temps, so the stream in the woods was flowing.
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    Winter Wonderland, so pretty, especially like the last one!
     
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    Pretty scary!
     
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    No, just good editing.
     
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    lol thanks JB I was really wondering about it.................
     
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    Here's a short video I took of the winter wonderland on Tuesday. It's all gone now.

     
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    Happy World Wetlands Day!

    Welcome to Ottawa Lake Fen. Wisconsin's 128th State Natural Area.
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    "Ottawa Lake Fen features lakes connected by a deep marsh and extensive shallow marl flats with a unique assemblage of both alkaline and acid-loving plant species. Ottawa Lake is a remnant lake located in an old glacial lake basin at the edge of end moraine deposits. The smaller northern lake is fed by numerous seepage springs, bubbling springs, and cold inlet streams and flows south into the larger Ottawa Lake. An unusually large number of wetland and aquatic plant communities occur within the site including submergent and emergent aquatics, southern sedge meadow, and shrub carr. The extensive fen-like marl flats are dominated by spike rushes along with pitcher plants and gentians. The natural area is also rich in animal life including clams and snails. Wading birds and waterfowl frequent the shallows. Birds include green heron, blue-winged warbler, yellow warbler, and willow flycatcher. Ottawa Lake Fen is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 1976."

    Marsh Marigold
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    Eastern Painted Turtle
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    Dekay's Brownsnake
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    Part of SNA #128 had a little help from volunteers a few years ago. The area had become thickly wooded, which is not what this area was historically. They removed invasive plants and trees like buckthorn, and also fixed and defined the spring-fed stream that now flows freely again to the lake it feeds. The first photo faces east and was taken the summer before the restoration had started. The second photo faces west and wast taken this past autumn. The area will be monitored as native species regrow, and unfortunately, so will some invasives.

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    image.jpg It came in the mail, it's not the one I wanted,
    I wonder if it attracts Boo Bees?
     
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    I'd recommend taking out the "butterfly house" section and replacing it with more hollow tubes or stems.

    Also, it does not attract Boo Bees. Trust me.
     
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    It says on the box for lacewings, is that what the slots are for?
    Butterfly's and bees don't hang together, storage they put that there.
     
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    I'm not sure which section is intended for lacewings, but the slots on the bottom left are typically used for "butterfly houses". The only catch is that butterflies don't actually use them. It's much more likely that non-native European Paper wasps will move in.
     
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