Monthly Archives: March 2015

Tick Treatment

Today was “Tick Treatment” Day at the PGT. Every year in early spring I dip all of our outdoor clothing in permethrin to prevent tick and chigger bites. I prefer this to using insect repellants like DEET which is found … Continue reading

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Early Spring Wildflowers

The peak of Spring Wildflowers is still weeks away but every day I find something new. Today I saw my first Spring Beauties. Spring Beauties are one of the most common wildflowers at the PGT. In a few weeks the … Continue reading

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First Warbler of the Year

Walking along Hiller’s Creek this morning I heard my first Warbler of the year; a Louisiana Waterthrush. They are drab for a Warbler but their loud ringing song is wonderful:

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Tree Planting

UPS delivered 3,000 seedling trees yesterday. Here is a snapshot of Matt Barnes getting some Redbud in the ground today. We got a mix if native species including: Deciduous Holly, Serviceberry, Pawpaw, Hawthorn, Butternut, Chinquapin Oak, Swamp White Oak, White … Continue reading

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H is for Hawk

I’m just finishing “H is for Hawk” by Helen Macdonald. I’m surprised by the amount of positive press the book is getting considering it is about a woman training a Northern Goshawk to fly. The book is so well-written that … Continue reading

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First Spring Wildflowers

Walking along Hiller’s Creek this morning we found the first wildflowers of the year. Their name is perfect: Harbinger of Spring. The best display of woodland wildflowers is still a month away.

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Gadwalls Flying

I startled a small flock of ducks this afternoon as I walked around Potter’s Lake. They circled over a few times so that I could capture a few shots. My duck ID skills are pretty weak but I believe this … Continue reading

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First Phoebe!

Heard my first Phoebe today. Another sure sign of spring. He was at the barn scouting out sites for a nest. Their song is very common around the buildings here at the PGT. Their song says their name: “fee-bee.”

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My Favorite Wildflower Nursery

Missouri Wildflower Nursery is my favorite place to get plants so I was honored when they asked to use my picture on the cover of this years catalog. The picture (shown here) is a Monarch caterpillar munching on a Swamp … Continue reading

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Burned by Burns

Tomorrow we plan to do a controlled-burn on 80-acres here at the PGT. Even though we been doing burns for a couple decades we are beginning to have more doubts. Despite careful preparation it seems that we always end up … Continue reading

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