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    Burd Pond Scum

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    I may send it back I have a bunch of wood left over from a coffee bar top I me from wine boxes, I'm going to make a few up. They sent me the wrong one anyway, I found a length of 4"X4" post from My bird feeder project I'll drill holes in them and buy some of the tubes at the bird feed store. Wild birds Unl has them. What lives in the sawdust and pine cone Cubbys?
     
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    JBtheExplorer Native Gardener

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    I don't know specifically. I've seen a lot of those listed as "insect hotels" and have never really looked any further into each individual section. I imagine they just combine all sorts of nooks and crannies to attract different things.

    I've only seen mason bee houses sold around here. They were $16, so I instead made my own for about $4 each. Ended up making about 5 of them. They were fairly active in their first year. I saw Mason wasps and Leafcutter bees using them the most.

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    Something also made these nests, but I haven't figured out what it is yet.
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    Don't forget to leave plant stems standing, they'll provide nesting cavities for bees, too. I cut mine to about 2 feet tall.

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    Grass Carrying Wasp. Interesting!


    Here's a graphic that should bee helpful to you.

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    We have wild bees, of some kind of honey bee, we get wasps and mud dobbers, lots of mud dobbers. Now are paper wasps the ones that make the big round ball type nests? I’ve only seen one. Us stupid kids threw rocks till we knocked it down, then fled for our lives!
     
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    JBtheExplorer Native Gardener

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    Around here, those big nests are created yellow jackets and bald-faced hornets.Actually have one in my front yard hanging on a neighbor's tree.
     
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    This is one of my favorite wasps. It's a non-aggressive ground-nesting wasp. Great Golden Digger Wasp. For about a week or two last July, it was frequently found on my Orange Milkweed.
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    Sweet. I'm drilling into the wood blocks this week, it'll help a lot. I have a brad point index, it has all sizes up it 1/2". I'll use the drill press. They drill a clean hole in wood.
     
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    Just don't drill all the way through the back, and make sure the wood isn't treated.
     
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    You mean like this one @JBtheExplorer ? Discovered this in a magnolia bush the hard way mid-summer while I was trimming. Left it alone until we had had a few hard freezes and then cut it out down. This was an extremely active nest for a number of months, but as long as we didn't bother them they stayed clear of us. I seem to manage to get stung at least once every summer.


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    I wonder what the pine cones are for. Now I wish I didn't burn all the wine box scraps in the fire pit. I could have used the thin pine to make some up.
    I saw some bees going in the good this past summer, I left it alone. Not sure where they went.
     
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    Went in the woods today to see how the stream was flowing after yesterday's heavy rain. It was flowing pretty good. I've seen the water higher, but it was definitely rushing pretty good for the size of it.

    The town is working on creating a new park directly ahead of this first image just outside of the woods. It's expected to be a pretty busy and loud park. They want to host kids soccer games, bands, and have movie nights and many other events. I'm torn on this, for obvious reasons. This isn't new information and I think I've posted about it once or twice before. Part of me understands how nice this will be for the community, and far better than businesses going up there, but the farm field that used to be there served as a bit of a buffer zone between the quiet woodland and the noisy town. That park will definitely add some noise to the peaceful woodland.
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    Last night, I learned of the town's plan to add a paved bike path through the woods to connect both parks together. I've heard rumors of this for years, but finally saw the plan, with no set date. This is another thing that I both like and dislike. The paved path will be great for the many walkers, joggers, and bicyclists we have around here, and I hope it eventually connects to the very popular recreational trail and habitat restoration they've been working on for the last 16 years and will complete early this year. However, this is also one of the only mostly-untouched pine woodlands in the area, and it'll be a little sad to see pavement in the woods. On top of that, I know foot traffic will significantly rise with a paved trail leading from park to park. I've always liked that this wasn't a very busy place, and I'm sure animals have, too.

    Lastly, the map shows that this trail will be added to the already over-saturated trail system, rather than replace an already-existing trail. I hope the town works on improving the trail system and removes some trails and creates more of a large loop, rather than a bunch of trails winding all over the place. It's great that this woodland is being preserved, but it also needs to fulfill it's purpose to wildlife. Sometimes, they forget about that.

    With that being said, I'm sure I'll be one of the bicyclists using it whenever it finally happens, I just hope they go about doing it in the best way possible. On the bright side, the farm field on the other side of the park is one step closer to being turned into a prairie restoration. That'll be nice!
     
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    It rained here since Monday, last night it froze, the ground fault tripped since all the rain, the Bird Bath was frozen and all the seed in my new feeder was froze down solid. The birds looked like they didn't know what to do. Lol. Also my bubbler for the pond is on the same circuit. I was out there working on everything at 7:30 am. All back in Buss, what a pain. Lol
    It was 60° yesterday. It was unreal.
     
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    image.jpg I'm making 2 Bee Hotels, the center will get the tubes, top and the 4x4's will get drilled with diff size holes.
    The thin sides are from Wine Boxes.
     
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    We had a beaver come in the yard last night. Found it this morning , the dogs ( mostly) won that fight, and I’m now trying my hand at tanning a hide. I’d have preferred they not tangle with the wildlife except coyotes, so they’ll now be hooked up on a run. This was the last straw for them running free. I’m not keen on armidilos, opossum, moles, and such in the yard, but they can’t keep fighting all the random animals.
     
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    Native wildlife species of all kinds (including coyotes, armadillos, opossums, and moles) deserve our respect and responsibility as pet owners to make sure our domestic animals aren't killing native species. Death is not the sole solution to conflicts with wildlife.
     
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    Which is why they are getting locked up. They are supposed to sound the alarm, and maybe chase back the coyotes. Not tackle strange creatures. As for armadillos, if they sound the alarm, and dads free to go out, he thins the population as they are problematic here. The moles are new, but the cats haven’t caught on to how to catch them yet. So the side of my driveway is getting all messed up.
     
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    Another trip into the woods today. Photo taken at the exact same location as my last post. You can see things have changed quite a bit. No snow and a lower water flow.

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    Mountain Lion was spotted again about 33 miles north of me. Last week it was a little closer. Might be trekking north now. So weird that a cougar is in this part of the state, since the closest state to have a population of them in South Dakota. We occasionally get one or two in the state, but they're always in the north or west, never in this area. Was hoping it would head a little further south so I could pet it. :)
     
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    I saw that cougar peaking inside the window of that house in Brookfield - how cool is that! Without the security camera they would have never known he was there. You think he's headed north? I warn my dogs every time they go outside to keep an eye out for the big kitty! haha!

    I guess you were right - north and west at last probable sighting:

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