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Kirby’s Dad’s Oxen

Apr 19
Max and Baxter local oxen

Max and Baxter

Max and Baxter were working today! They are so cute and furry.
I like petting them a lot when they are not pulling old logs
out of the forest. Today, Kirby’s Dad was harvesting more dead wood
from his forest. His Dad makes birdhouses, furniture, and
wood flooring from the old logs he finds.

Kirby told me his Dad never removes dead logs that
are homes for animals, or non-diseased trees. He only
selects dead trees that have either been
blown down by the wind and could cause harm.

Max and Baxter like Myles but sometimes he barks at them.
He is partly to mostly terrier and terriers like to bark
for fun sometimes. Max and Baxter are so huge Myles is barely taller
than their big hooves so they probably don’t hear him anyway.

Ramp and Watercress Soup

Apr 16

sweetpotatosoup

Last night I made my family Sweet Potato Soup with Ramp and Watercress. All of the ingredients of the soup were from our farm!
Since it is Spring the watercress and ramp are plentiful in streams.
I picked a bunch of watercress and ramp yesterday, and got three
pounds of sweet potato from our storage.

My soup was very tasty and I am going to have it for breakfest
with wild rice!

Very delicious, and I am getting hungry again thinking
about my wonderful soup.

Thank you.

Brown Creeper

Apr 15

In school today I saw a bird crawling up the side of a tree.
I thought to myself who could that be? Why that cute, little
bird was none other than a Brown Creeper! I am so happy to add
this bird to my Great Year List.

Thank you. Have a nice day!

My Perching Birds List

Apr 15

I so excited that I saw a the Cedar Waxwing. I officially added him to my Great Year LIST today. I wanted to list all the perching birds I have seen so far.

1) American Robin
2) Blue Jay
3) Common Grackle
4) Eastern Wood-Pewee
5) Black-Capped Chickadee
6) House Sparrow
7) American Tree Sparrow
8) Song Sparrow
9) Chipping Sparrow
10) House Finch
11) Purple Finch
12) Dark Eyed Junco
13) Brown Thrasher
14) Red-winged Blackbird

and 15) A CEDAR WAXWING!

Earth Day is coming!

Apr 14

happyearthday

EARTH DAY is only eight days away! My forest friends and I have so many exciting things we are doing to celebrate EARTH DAY.

We are alway thinking that EARTH DAY is everyday. We try to make small changes in our lives to help the PLANET.

What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day?

New Chicken Co-op

Apr 14

newcoops

Sometimes I call the hen houses, chicken co-ops. Chicken Co-op
is a good name because all the hens are working together and own
their own business.

I know the hen’s homes are called chicken coops. But I live
in Wisconsin, and we have a lot of co-ops here. Our food store
in Kickapoo Valley is a co-op. The taxi cab company here is a
co-op also. A co-op is a business where every worker is a part
owner in the company.

But the real reason I am writing is that we just finished painting
the chicken Coops – co-ops! They will look so beautiful when the
snow is on the ground too. We used MILK PAINT again.

The hen’s are so happy with the new houses as my Dad called them.
The hen’s seem to be standing up straighter than before and their
clucking is louder now.

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!

A Letter from Tuvalu

Mar 28

classmatesToday was so exciting, when I got home from school my Mom gave me an envelope. It was a letter from my best friend in Tuvalu, Raita! It was great to hear from her again. She sent me a photo of her and my friends from school.

Raita asked me when I am coming home to Tuvalu again, I hope to be back soon maybe after school in the Summer. I want to invite my friends from Tuvalu to come to Wisconsin to visit me on my farm. I know they would enjoy meeting all my friends in the Kickapoo Valley, and my best friend in the U.S., Jezebel.

After I do my homework I am writing Raita a letter, and sending her some seeds I saved from my vegetable garden last year. I need to buy more stamps. I love visiting the Post Office, I like collecting American and Tuvaluan stamps. I always like to see the newest stamps available at the Post Office. My favorite stamps are the ones that have cartoons or flowers on them.

See you later!

Beatrice

Visit the Post Office today to get the latest stamps
for your collection U.S. Stamps

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