Monthly Archives: September 2012

Nature CSI SOLVED–Who killed FISH and What Happen to the Body?

Looking for clues...What's this?SCAT! The excrement of an animal--most likely a bird. But WHICH BIRD?These white spots in the grass cover about 4 feet in diameter.These white spots on the bushes cover a space of 3 x 6 ft.Now I remember seeing a Great Blue Heron flying from this VERY SPOT a few times over…
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Nature CSI-Who Killed Fish and What Happened to the Body?

I came across this body part on my walk yesterday. I immediately wondered what happened to the rest of the fish and WHO DID IT?Check Back on Thursday for the answer.For more information on House In The Wood please go to our website at www.houseinthewood.comWe are operated by
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Alice and Freddy…A Love Story

Often when you are trying to remember things, it helps to have an easy way to remember it. If you want to impress your family and friends, these are called mnemonic (Knee-Mon-Ick) devices. One of my favorite plants is actually TWO plants living together in a symbiotic relationship. And the way I remember it is this little…
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Nature Paparazzi–Great Blue Heron

I have always watched these big beautiful birds as they hunt fish or frogs but I have rarely been able to get them on film. I was absolutely thrilled when I was able to get these shots...I love the way they hover motionlessly above the water and then WHAM they spear a fish or grab it in…
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Thank You to September Volunteers

We have had a number of volunteers this month. One Saturday, Brian and Gordy stopped by to put up a few sections of a split rail fence. They also took care of the large branch on the side of the road that had fallen earlier in the week by chainsawing it into smaller pieces. Brian and GordyWe…
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Nature Mysteries Answer–Who Lives in That Hole?

Well, at first I thought the hole in the last blog belonged to one of these guys because they have holes ALL over House In The Wood. As you watch them, they scurry to the edge of their hole, pause, and then disappear down the hole in a flash!This Eastern Chipmunk pauses to see what…
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Nature Mysteries-Who lives in that hole?

When asked "Who lives in that hole?" most people will immediately say, "Snake!" Well if you think about it, if it is freshly dug hole like this looks like, it is just not possible. Snakes have NO way to dig--no claws, no hands to move dirt. Although a snake WILL occupy an already dug hole…
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Monarch Migration Has Started

This butterfly is fairly common in Wisconsin. I wonder if THIS one that I photographed along the road was ready to start its Fall Migration.In the fall, monarchs head south. With a northerly wind, the monarchs will migrate at high altitudes, taking advantage of the tailwind. This helps them conserve their energy. As they travel,…
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NEW! Outdoor Education Center

We have worked with Rowe Elementary School third and fourth grades over the last two years. NOW we are opening up our Outdoor Education Center to other schools.Below is our cover sheet that has been sent to schools throughout the Chicagoland area. It should hit teacher mailboxes early next week! Watch for our new website at www.houseinthewood.com which…
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