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Every Bird is Cute

Feb 23

I have seen so many kinds of Wisconsin birds this winter.
I started my bird watching project January 1st a day after my best friend Raita did in Tuvalu.  She is in a different time zone them I am.

I would really like to see one of the cutest birds this winter, the Snowy Owl. I know we will see lots and lots of tourists from out-of-state walking around Kickapoo Valley with their thick winter coats and binoculars if the Snowy Owl comes here again.

Two years ago when I was by the Great River Road I saw cute group of American White Pelicans floating by in the Mississippi River.
Kirby said birds are slobs but I think he is just being difficult with me because he likes me.  That’s what my friend Raita thinks.

I think Kirby has his merits but birds are cute and
very organized not slobs.

Earth Day Chair Project

Apr 22

newchair

Earth Day is here. Over 1 billion people all over the WORLD
participate in EARTH DAY, which makes this celebration the
biggest on the planet!!

Do you remember our tips on how to make an old chair new?
It is so easy to do:

1) Simply clean your old chair with a bucket of warm water
and environmentally friend soap.
2) Sand the old chair with sandpaper where ever there
are bumps or cuts. Start with 60 grit for the roughest parts. Make sure the chair’s surface is smooth finish with 120 grit.
3) Draw a simple picture of your chair and color or decorate it as you want.
4) Go to your LOCAL hardware store. Pick out MILK PAINT colors that match your drawing.
5) Paint your old chair with MILK PAINT to match your cute
drawing. Use a house brush for large areas and painter’s brush for small details
6) Let your chair dry outside in the air.
7) Sand the chair lightly with 200 grit and paint once more.
8) Use the 200 grit sandpaper once more to smooth out the 2nd coat of MILK PAINT.
9) Wipe the chair with a soft cloth.
7) ENJOY YOUR CHAIR!

Another Great Year List

Apr 19

Today’s list features the bird category called: Doves, Woodpeckers, etc.
So many cute Wisconsin birds. Good Luck finding them:

1) Morning Dove
2) Rock Pigeon
3) Belted Kingfisher
4) Black-billed Cuckoo
5) Red-headed Woodpecker
6) Red-bellied Woodpecker
7) Pileated Woodpecker
8) Downy Woodpecker
9) Norther Flicker
10) Northern Bobwhite
11) Greater Prairie Chicken
12) Ruffed Grouse
13) Wild Turkey
14) Ring-necked Pheasant

Thank you. Please Enjoy!

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.

Coot Imposter

Apr 19

Coots, Coots, Coots are every where this time of year. I like to watch them when they’re in town. Did you ever notice that
Coots swim in large groups? Sometimes you can see over 100
Coots all together floating around a lake or big river.

Their colors are always black and grey. They are very stylish looking, duck-type birds.

But Today, I spotted an imposter! Did he think no one would notice him? There floating inside the Coot flotilla was a black, white duck with a brownish-purplish head. Who does he think he is? A Coot?

It was the Lesser Scaup pretending to be a Coot.
I can of course add him to my Great Year List!

Crocus vs. Hyacinth

Apr 19

Beatrice's flower smell project

Dear Diary,

As you know I am always working on my GREAT Smell
Research project. It is very difficult work and I am very well
qualified for this mission. No one asked me to this but some day Kirby said maybe all my research will be used to make the world a smellier place. I didn’t write that in the journal Kirby did but I’ll leave it this time because it is funny. Myles and I will get
him back.

Today I review the smells of two Spring flowers:

1) The Crocus
2) The Hyacinth

The results are in. Upon further review I rate
The flowers as follows:

1. I rate the Hyacinth’s smell as LOVELY.
2. I rate the Crocus’s smell as PRETTY.

Congratulations to both flowers!

Geography Bee Studies

Apr 19

geographybee-beatrice

What is the capital of Burkina Foso? Wagadoodoo. What is the capital of
Suriname? What is the capital of Tuvalu? FUNAFUTI! I know that one.

What is the flag for Ghana? What is the flag for Greece?

Which country’s capital is Lisbon? My head is swimming and
I am sweating more than usual. Lots of information to put
in my small head for the the Kickapoo Valley GEOGRAPHY BEE.

I hope when the competition is over I will have a chance to
breathe. Despite all this I love geography!

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!

Stinky Sunfish

Apr 17
Myles the Cairn Terrier

Myles carrying a stinky fish

As I mentioned to you yesterday, I am starting a Great Year LIST for
WISCONSIN FISH. I know I said I am including any Wisconsin fish I
eat in the list. Yuck! I did not think about seeing one of the fish
on my list carried away by Myles. He found a dead,
ORANGE SPOTTED SUNFISH by the side of the Kickapoo River and was
carrying it around in his mouth!

I chased after Myles and told him to drop the fish, but that made him only run faster. Finally, I yelled “Yummies! Yummies!,” and he stopped
in his tracks and turned around. YUMMIES are the word we taught him for
snacks, or treats.

Myles walked up to me with the fish in his mouth and then sat politely
in front of me waiting for me to give him a snack! Then I said “Drop It!”
and he carefully let the fish fall out of his mouth onto the rocks.
I picked up the rotten fish by the tail and threw it into the river.

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.