This is our steepest prairie and largest remnant. It’s our eastern bluff, and faces south. It includes two dry open prairie areas, surrounded by overgrown savanna remnants, with numerous large, open grown oaks. We’re working on removing invading shrubs from the prairie, and clearing out brush and smaller trees from the savanna. Here’s an … Continue reading “Sumac Prairie”
Spring is coming! Our mountains of snow are nearly gone, and today we’re seeing a mix of spring showers and bright sun.
Winter has really arrived now. We had a small snowstorm a few weeks ago, and worried that our clearing project was over, but it was a false alarm. The snow melted away after a few days.
It’s been a spectacular month – with dramatic clouds and sun, and brilliant leaf colors.
One of the most fun things about these journals about our projects, is looking back on how places used to look, and comparing them with the way they look now. So here’s a series of comparison photos – a few of the farm itself, and some of both planted and remnant prairies. Sumac Bluff About … Continue reading “Before and After – Comparison Photos”
It’s been very cold and snowy, but the now days are getting longer, and our solar panels are catching a lot more sun than they were in December.
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2/9/2016 12-25 to 12-31-2016 American Crow American Goldfinch Bald Eagle Black-capped Chickadee Blue Jay Dark-eyed Junco Downy Woodpecker Hairy Woodpecker Mourning Dove Northern Cardinal Northern Shrike Purple Finch Red-bellied Woodpecker Red-tailed Hawk Sharp-shinned Hawk White-breasted Nuthatch 12/27 Northern Shrike caught a Junco outside my window 12/29 Sharp-shinned Hawk outside my window 12-18 … Continue reading “Farm Bird Lists – 2016”
Our landscape is mostly brown and yellow now – it’s almost winter.
Our farm was owned by the Rutschow family for many years. Carl Rutschow farmed it in the early 1900s, then his son, Norman Rutschow and his wife farmed it until 1971, when it was sold to Ed Barnes. Ed rented the fields for farming, and the woods for hunting. We bought it from Ed in … Continue reading “Farm History – the Rutschow Family”
It’s been a spectacular fall – wonderful colors and beautiful weather.