Monthly Archives: April 2012

Nesting at House In The Wood

It's NESTING time! Most of the birds are starting to nest now. Many of our mammals have already had their young and are nursing them so they can make it on their own.Mourning Dove Nesting Outside the Chipmunks CabinCanada Geese Nesting in Open MarshMore information about House In The Wood at www.houseinthewood.org.We are operated by:
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The Marsh at House In The Wood

 I feel very lucky that every day on my way to and from the House In the Wood office and my home down the road I get to walk through the marsh, lake and forests at the center. I see this bird all of the time now. On-ka-lee! I hear it loud and clear as I…
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OEC Staff Training April 2012

This weekend at House In The Wood we had our first OEC staff training (next one is May 5-6). So meet some of our staff...Left-Dara, Peggy, Colleen. Right-Jenni, Eric, Alex We all met together on Saturday to have our general training. It was mostly going through the OEC staff manual to make sure everyone understood the…
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Happy Earth Day

The earth provides nourishment for over 7 BILLION people EVERY day. Let's give back!Links: Picnic for the PlanetEarth Day Information and EventsEarth Day has its roots in Wisconsin when Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson called for an "environmental teach-in" to be held on April 22, 1970.More information about House In The Wood at www.houseinthewood.org.We are operated…
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Too Cloudy to View the Sky…So Sad

I am so very bummed out! It is too cloudy to see the sky--no lyrid meteor shower, no Saturn, no Mars. I was all set to stay up late to see the meteors. I even got my scope out to see Saturn's rings. Maybe tomorrow!More information about House In The Wood at www.houseinthewood.org.We are operated…
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Shooting Stars in April

Map of the Lyrid Meteor ShowerThe week ahead will be GREAT for looking up in the sky in late night or early morning.The annual Lyrid Meteor Shower, also known as shooting stars, will peak on April 21 but you can still see the "meteoroids" lighting up the sky days before and days after the peak…
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House In The Wood at Rowe

Val and I just finished up our last parent presentation today at Rowe Elementary School.  It was really nice to spend some time talking to parents about what their kids will be up to in May.  All the parents left with their questions answered and their concerns addressed.  The best news of the day was…
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Monthly Volunteer Work Day–April

A  BIG thank you to these volunteers...Master Gardeners-Mary and Dave. They are working on one of our rain gardens.Scott cuts down BUCKTHORN around our campfire circle.Frank and Alex, OEC Coordinator repair the Aquatic Study dock.Brian, Gordy, and Dan work on the washed out steps to our storage center. In April, we are working on our Aquatic…
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American Coot is my Favorite Water Bird

The American Coot comes to Lake Delavan twice a year--once in the Spring and once in the Fall--as they migrate through on their journey north or south. They are one of my early signs of Spring and my late signs of Fall. There are hundreds of them and they all flock together.They make a very…
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The Chicago Board Volunteers. They Paint and Paint!

The Northwestern Settlement Chicago Board came to House In the Wood to VOLUNTEER for the weekend of April 14 and 15. They started painting on Saturday and finished the two bathrooms in Vittum Lodge--our big meeting center. And then, since they still had a little time before supper--they started to paint the outside of our…
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