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Earth Day Basics

Apr 18

turnoff-lights

Earth Day demands small simple steps together. Our tips my friends and I came up with are still useful today!

  • Turn off the lights when exiting a room.
  • Turn off the T.V. and unplug it when you are done watching it.
  • Turn off the computer if you are not using it.
  • Recycle plastic containers, cardboard and paper.
  • Make your own compost from food waste, yard waste and paper with non-toxic inks like soy.
  • Turn the heat down in your house and wear layers of clothing instead.
  • Use a timer and set to five minutes when you shower.
  • Turn off the water when you are brushing your teeth.
  • Make old clothes new by adding pockets with a different fabric. Have your mom sew the pocket for you.
  • If you like your old shoes keep them new by new different colored shoe lace like pink, or sky blue.
  • Don’t buy bottled water buy a nice, cute metal thermos made in the U.S.A if possible.
  • Take the bus or ride your bike to school or the library if your parents let you.
  • Don’t buy a new sketchbook or notebook, upcycle old books or magazines, and paint, write or draw, over the pages instead.

Remember you are helping to keep the earth livable for all creatures big and small, animal and plant when you practice these tips above.
Give yourself a pat on the back each time you remember these small, simple steps.

Thank you!

My Wisconsin Fish List

Apr 16

Today I created a list of all of Wisconsin’s fish. I want to start a Great Year project for WISCONSIN FISH too. Fish are much harder to find, but I think I can see some of them this year.

Here is my LIST of WISCONSIN FISH I would like to see
this year:

1) LAKE STURGEON
2) RAINBOW TROUT
3) WALLEYE
4) ORANGE SPOTTED SUNFISH
5) NINESPINE STICKLEBACK
6) RAINBOW SMELT
7) DEEPWATER SCULPIN
8) CHINOOK SALMON
9) COHO SALMON
10) GRASS PICKEREL
11) MUSKELLUNGE
12) SKIPJACK HERRING
13) GOLDFISH
14) LONGNOSE GAR
15) BLACK CRAPPIE
16) CHANNEL CATFISH
17) BLUEGILL
18) STRIPED BASS
19) ROCK BASS

I also like to eat fish so I am including any Wisconsin fish I eat on my
LIST too.

I saw a Cedar Waxwing!

Apr 15

Yesterday morning I was looking towards the group of pine trees near the stream by our house. I was watching the sun shining through the branches.

All of a sudden I saw a flitter, and some dark object hop and plunge back into the pines. I grabbed my binoculars, and aimed them towards the branches where I saw the object last. I waited. I waited some more still longer until I saw his head peer out of the branches. When he rested on a branch closer to me I realized it was a CEDAR WAXWING! Another bird I can add to my GREAT YEAR LIST.

My Vinegar Library (part 2)

Apr 11

vinegars2

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 Favorite Birds List

Apr 09

MY FAVORITE WISCONSIN BIRDS:

1) Common Loon
2) Ruddy Duck
3) Sandhill Crane
4) Green Heron
5) American White Pelican
6) Ruby-throated Hummingbird
7) Pileated Woodpecker
8) Lesser Yellowlegs
9) Turkey Vulture
10) Indigo Bunting
11) Cedar Waxwing
12) Nashville Warbler
13) Common Crackle
14) Barred Owl
15) Canvasback
16) American Coot
17) Herring Gull
18) Tundra Swan
19) Northern Shoveler
20) Wild Turkey

There so many birds that live in Wisconsin I cannot list them all.
I think I might change the list in a couple of weeks it depends
on which birds show up for my Great Year project.

Sandhill Crane Theater

Apr 09

sandhillcranes

We heard their calls yesterday, and looked up into the sky and saw
the long winged, giants flying over. The Sandhill Cranes are back!

Today my friends and I sat on the bench by the marsh near my house
and watched the sandhill cranes perform.

We sat quiet on the bench and waited for them to appear.
It is funny to watch the cranes disappear behind the reeds, and then see
their heads rise over the top. The cranes heads lowered again behind the
reeds only to appear above the reeds two minutes later, each looking in a different direction.

We never know where the cranes will appear next. Sandhill Crane Theater is fun to watch everyday! Try it soon. Thank you!

Birds of Prey List

Apr 08

turkey vulture

It is Monday, and again I am up very early before getting ready for school. It is 6AM again. Since I am up I wrote a list to help birdwatchers with their Great Year in Wisconsin.

What is a Great Year? A Great Year is counting all the kinds of birds you have seen in one year. Every birdwatcher starts their Great Year on January 1st.

Here is the list of BIRDS OF PREY in WISCONSIN:
(not in alphabetical order)

  • Turkey Vulture
  • Bald Eagle
  • Barred Owl
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Osprey
  • Northern Harrier
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Eastern Screech Owl
  • Broad-winged Hawk
  • American Kestrel
  • Sharped Shinned Kestrel

The list is in order of my favorite Birds of Prey
to ones that are harder to see on my farm.

Kirby said he’s already seen an American Kestrel, but
I talked to the local ornithologist in Kickapoo Valley
and she said she hasn’t seen one this year.

I don’t know about that Kirby, or his robot.

A Great Year Bird Watching

Apr 07

forestperiscope

6AM this morning was sunny so I called for my Forest Periscope. Today, I counted all the Red-tailed Hawks, Cooper’s Hawks, and Osprey I saw flying along the top of the rocky blufs above our farm. I love bird watching. This year, like last year I am doing a Great Year for Wisconsin birds. I hope to spot all of Wisconsin’s native birds passing through
our forest.

Last year, I did not see a Great Crested Flycatcher, an Eastern Screech Owl, an American Kestrel, Lapland Longspur, and Snow Bunting, and some other birds.

Kirby said he saw at least 25 species of birds so far in Wisconsin. I don’t think that is true at all. We both started on January 1st at the same time.
I think he lying again like he did last year.

A Letter to My Best Friend

Mar 29

raita
Today, I wrote a letter after school to my best friend in Tuvalu, Raita. I made some new stationery, with recycled paper and added seeds into it as it dried. I know she will plant the stationery in her garden after she reads my letter.

I invited her to visit me this Summer in Wisconsin. I hope she can come here to see my farm, and meet my forest friends. I know she would like meeting Jezebel too. I am sure she would like to see the Earth’s Clubhouse, and all the experiments my friends and I are doing to save the planet.

My Dad is driving me tomorrow in Morrie the Electric Truck to Viroqua so I can pick out some pretty stamps at the Post Office. I hope I am finished with my letter writing by then! I like to write!

Non-smelling cute flowers

Aug 19

Beatrice's flower smell project
Dear Diary,

Today I smelled the latest flowers blooming in our prairie, Black-eyed Susans, and Golden Rod. Neither of them are very good for your nose, and actually I wish I did not smell them because I sneezed, twice! But these two flowers are very pretty and my friends and I hope moms and dads let kids go outside and explore the prairies near them. I am still doing my smell research project. Thank you!

Do your own flower hunting with the summer guide for prairie flowers
from the Illinois DNR:
http://www.dnr.state.il.us/education/habitatposter/prairieflowers.htm