Monthly Archives: January 2014

Totally Envious…I want to see a Flying Squirrel

I want to see a FLYING SQUIRREL at MY feeders.From lakecountynature.comWhy they are called FLYING squirrels from squirrelguide.comThere is a VERY good chance that we have them as they like forest but it is very hard to see these shy and fast squirrels because they only come out at night. My plan is to get…
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Did You Know There is a “CLOUD SEASON”?

Yep...there is a "CLOUD SEASON" where 50% or more of the month is overcast. Cloud season is November through April. The cloudiest months are November and December where over 18 days on average are overcast. This is followed by January and then March.The upside to those clouds, of course, is this!A camp sunset!House In The…
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More Mating Season…

This is also when the mating season starts for the Red Fox, Beavers, and the Gray Squirrel. All of these animals are found on House In the Woods grounds.Where am I getting all of this information about mating? The phenology calendar put out by the Aldo Leopold Center. Phenology is the study of life cycles…
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Construction News…MORE Progress on New Kitchen Area

Here is a BEFORE picture, waaay BEFORE...Before the Dining Hall had a screen porch in early 1990's.The fence was to store cross county skis during winter camps.In summer we had a vegetable garden in front.Along the edge was a flower garden.Yesterday they worked on the roof tresses and walls in the back area and it…
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Mating Season Begins…Black Capped Chickadee

Wisconsin Phenology per Aldo LeopoldWe should start hearing the mating call of the Black Capped Chickadee this week. more info about their calls at Cornell Lab of Ornithologyhttp://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Black-capped_Chickadee/lifehistoryHouse In the Wood is operated by Northwestern Settlement
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Construction News…More Like a REAL Building Every Day!

Here is the latest picture from yesterday...They are working today to get the whole building "under roof" as soon as possible so they can pump some heat into it and start on the inside. They still need to put the back roof on. It is snowing so that makes everything harder.Yesterday, the plumber was also…
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The Answer…WHO goes there?

Did you guess? Notice the almost hand-like front paw and the long good-for-hopping and balance rear paw. House In The Wood is operated by Northwestern Settlement
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LOOK WHO I FOUND!

There were about 6 of them near a drain pipe that was melting snow and thawing the ground so they could look for worms, grubs and insects. This was the day after we had minus 30 wind chill for two days and the temperatures had just started to rise to the mid-30's. I wonder WHY…
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Construction News…Elliott Lodge Walls!

Hey, the walls are starting to go up--I can actually see what it might look like! The -20 F temperatures and the snow has made the going slow.FRONT--The two windows and door are framed in here.BACK-Dining Hall Window Framed inSHOWER HOUSE-Temp heat put in so we can start plumbing on Monday!House In The Wood is…
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NO Bears at House In the Wood

This is the closest that we get to BEARS at House In The Wood. There are bears in Wisconsin but they are in the northern half of the state. The bear population in Wisconsin has increased and the young male bears are looking for new territory to inhabit. There have been "sightings" of black bears…
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