Is everybody in the Northern Hemisphere nice and tired of winter yet?
For a blog that is somewhat (in an eclectic round about, sort of way) about studying nature in an urban environment , we sure haven’t been out much.
I could blame climate change and shifting weather patterns for making the temperatures unbearable, but instead I’ll do what many Americans do and say its god’s doing. Or at least A god’s doing.
It may come as a shock, but it’s not gay marriage and Obama causing the bad weather wrath.
It’s my fault.
I shouldn’t have called Thor a cheeseball that one time. Now he’s getting back at me.
I apologize to the earth for incurring wrath. (but Thor is a cheeseball)
The temperature has risen a bit but winter weather, now mostly ice, keeps on. They are forecasting three to five inches of snow between this evening and tomorrow afternoon.
I’m looking forward to spring.
Spring is an ideal time for botany and zoology projects as well as teaching general ecology and the interconnectedness of eco-systems.
- Growing sweet potatoes
We’ll be growing plants from slips starting in mid April and transplanting to containers outside in late May. It’s our second year.
- Beginning this years “Nature Quest” hiking challenge
Assuming they are holding the quest again this year, we plan on starting the challenges earlier than previously.
- Germinating seeds
This will be primarily for observation. It’s the sandwich bag on the window method.
- Creating a pollinator garden for the backyard
This may be tricky, most indigenous plants are considered reportable weeds by the rat-obsessed leader of our homeowners assoc. I’m hoping that putting them in a raised bed with a sign that says “pollinator garden” will help me avoid fines.
- Making new closed terrariums
Our first has died after remaining sealed two years ( not bad). T his time we’ll make two experimenting with layers organic material, worms maybe. We observe several natural cycles with this project .
- Raising butterflies
It’s a fun/easy project for life cycle and adaptation.
- Raising orchard bees
This is new. Orchard bees are docile, more hardy and affective pollinatorsthan honey bees. No they don’t make honey, but caring for them just may be the solution to world wide pollinator decline. Right now we’re working on a few different types of housing to test out.
On the wishlist: I want a rain barrel. We’ll see. I hope to get to the year’s remaining entomological society meetings and learn about backyard insect surveys as well.