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Smell Research Project

May 25

Beatrice's flower smell project

Dear Diary,

The prairie in the valley around my farm is so beautiful today. Everywhere I look there are flowers blooming, so many colors, pinks, purples, whites, blues, and yellows.  I don’t know if my nose can survey all the flowers for my research I might sneeze a giant boulder onto our barn by the cliffs as Dad says. He thinks my sneezes might create an avalanche that comes down the bluffs onto our house.   I know he is kidding but Mom’s sneezes are much worse she has a double one.  She starts with a tiny, mouse-sized, sneeze that is followed by an enormous, dinosaur blast.  I am sorry I got a little lost here the topic is my Smell Project.

The good new is I did get to smell the Phlox blooming in the prairie and the Lilac bushes blooming by my house. I like the smell of both flowers so it is hard to decide which one scores the highest.

I think according to my smell chart, I rank both flowers as LOVELY.
Maybe I need to redo my chart since I am ranking a lot of flowers
as LOVELY lately.

Please Don’t Fly Away

Apr 29

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As you know diary I have tried, and tried to identify Sparrows.
But I am finding it very difficult find them since they are
so small. I can spot them clustered in a bush all chatting like it’s a brown bird convention. But who are they? Is the sparrow I am seeing an American tree sparrow, or Chipping sparrow, or Field sparrow, or Clay-colored sparrow I can’t tell. Every time I try to sneak up on them one by one they pop off the tiny branches and fly away.

I know need better binoculars so I can spy on the small, brown birds without scaring them away.

My total for this year’s GREAT YEAR is not going up as
quickly since all brown birds look the same when flying away! I guess I could just add ONE to my total since I at least know they are sparrows.

They are cute so I forgive them.

The Muskrats Misspelled

Apr 15
Muskrat Vaudeville

The number one Muskrat Vaudeville Show on Earth

I just got back from seeing my second Muskrat Vaudeville show live.
I really enjoyed seeing all the muskrats perform crazy tricks,
and stunts. I know animals are polite as are some humans. But
someone needs to tell the muskrats that they mispelled the word
Vaudeville on their lighted sign. The sign is up during the whole
show so you never forget that the muskrats can’t spell some words,
well one specific word.

I do recommend you see the show if you are around our part of Wisconsin
just don’t tell the muskrats about their error.

Red-bellied and More

Apr 15

On Monday, I have gym class with Mr. Burkminor. Some kids in my class call the gym teacher, Mr. Burpminor. That is not appropriate, but it is funny.

Today our gym teacher took our class outside to the school’s prairie.
Mr. Burkminor taught us about cross-country running. After he talked to us he had us run through a course in the school’s prairie. He told us to run along the trails in the prairie that have green flags. “Only run on the trails that have flags. The trails without flags are flooded.” That’s what Mr. Burkmeyer told us. But did Kirby listen?
I think you know the answer.

Anyway, I don’t care about Kirby’s problems. What I wanted to tell is that when I was running I saw THREE, three birds I can add to my GREAT YEAR list. The THREE PERCHING birds are:

1) The American Goldfinch
2) The Tree Swallow
3) The Red-bellied Woodpecker

And Kirby’s total today 0.

Wisconsin Duck List

Apr 13

In honor of the Bufflehead I saw I made a list of Wisconsin duck-like birds
you should have on your GREAT YEAR LIST:

1) Mallard
2) Redhead
3) Canvasback
4) American Black Duck
5) Blue-winged Teal
6) Hooded Merganser
7) Red-Breasted Merganser
8) Ruddy Duck
9) Greater Scaup
10) Common Goldeneye
11) Pied-billed Grebe
12) Green-winged Teal
13) Lesser Scaup
14) Northern Shoveler
15) Horned Grebe

AND 16) A BUFFLEHEAD!

Thank you!

My Vinegar Library (part 2)

Apr 11

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I think I have the world’s largest vinegar library. I have all kinds of vinegars in jars from A to Z. Now Kirby says he has a bigger vinegar library than I do. What he doesn’t know is that during the winter my forest friends helped me create 24 new recipes! I now have 137 different vinegars to choose from.

Some of the new recipes I think animals would like better than humans.
That is not surprising since some of the newest recipes come from muskrats, woodchucks, and a black bear. Maybe some people will not like ants in their vinegar.

Anyone one in my hometown can borrow any vinegars if they want to use a jar for dinner or lunch. My friends also borrow my recipe cards if they
like a vinegar in the library.

My Sweet Little Blue Bird

Apr 10

At night I open the the shades in my bedroom window and look up
into the sky. The sky is so dark, like my old home Tuvalu, and
so filled with millions and millions of stars, and planets.
The same stars and planets shine in the sky in Tuvalu and in
Wisconsin.

I listen at night on my radio to my favorite show.
Tonight I heard a great song for SPRING, “My Sweet Little Blue
Bird Girl.” I don’t remember the name of the singer but I liked
the song because it reminded me that it is SPRING!!

When Red Squirrels Attacks

Apr 10

redsquirrel_attack

It was 4:37 PM when Myles and I were walking slowly up the hill
and onto the gravel path that leads to our house. Myles meets me
everyday by our mailbox when I come home from school.

Today, Myles was extra grumpy, or growl-ie, his teeth were showing.
I didn’t know what to expect as we got closer to the front of the
house. Last night I opened the front door quickly and threw bird
seed onto the stump near the porch.

All of a sudden we heard a branch crack and leaves crunch. We looked in front of us and there was the evil, red squirrel. He is much bigger than I thought. He almost looks as big as Myles. I thought we might see the red squirrel again so I had packed a small bag full of bird seed in my pocket. I threw the bag onto the ground near the squirrel as we ran by him and up the steps onto our porch. I could not open the front door quick enough, but the squirrel was busy eating the bird seed.

I don’t know what will happen when I come home from school tomorrow.

I am not a ground hog

Feb 02

Ground Hog character

I am not a ground hog


“I am not a ground hog” my friend Wilfred T. Woodchuck said. “Put me down” Wilfred said to the humans dressed in black suits and top hats. “And stop calling me Jimmy” he said as he jumped down to a wood stump near the men with hats and ran to his hole in the forest.

Wilfred is a a graduate from Kickapoo Valley Community College in meteorology and works for *NOAA. He always wears the very stylish, regionally appropriate Stormy-Kromer hat made in the Upper Pennisula of Michigan. He told me that with his European, climate computer models he can predict the weather five days into the future, and that seeing your shadow or not seeing your shadow is just silly and “has nothing to do with serious meteorology.”

I did not want to tell Wilfred that as a Marmot or relative of the squirrel his species has so many names like whistle pig, land beaver, woodchuck and ground hog!

*NOAA – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Smells like chocolate

Sep 12

Beatrice's flower smell projectI can’t believe it I found a flower in the prairie that smells like chocolate. It is a pretty yellow flower with 10 petals and a pretty orange center. My mom told me that the yellow flower is part of a plant genus called Rudbeckia, and that the center of the flower is made up of parts called the stigma, pistil and stamen. In my journal I am going to draw a diagram of a flower with the names of all the parts. I will let you know when I am done.

I am giving this chocolate smelling flower my highest ranking on my smell chart lovely!