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Vintage Blog Posts from our Old WordPress Site

We just noticed that the ubiquitous internet still has our old WordPress Blog site published. The following posts are from the first year after Kim and I got married, then moved to Puyallup, and began teaching weekly homeschool, after-school, and evening classes on our various topics. The photos are great, the stories are fun, but the instructional information contained in the posts is a bit sparse because we didn’t yet realize that to become popular, blog posts are supposed to be highly informational, rather than a documentation of what happened in the past. That said, feel free to check out . . . → Read More: Vintage Blog Posts from our Old WordPress Site

Sensory Awareness – If You Learn Nothing Else!

Child of Air – Artwork used with permission by Joanna Powell Colbert of GaianTarot.com

Do you get a vague feeling that you hike past a lot of wildlife without seeing it – the deer hiding in the thicket, the coyote silently watching your every move, or the minutes-old cougar tracks saying she heard you coming? Do you wish you could be as good as those wildlife photographers or famous naturalists who tell stories of countless wildlife encounters that seem unreal?

It is true that some people have a natural aptitude for putting themselves in situations that attract wonderful experiences, . . . → Read More: Sensory Awareness – If You Learn Nothing Else!

Signs of Spring: Great Blue Herons Nesting, Stinging Nettles Emerging, Indian Plums Budding and So Much More!

February 12, 2013 – Chris and I headed out this morning for a walk at our local park to see if there were any signs of spring to be found among the local flora and fauna. The first thing I noticed were these lovely Red Elderberry buds (Sambucus racemosa) just waiting to burst forth. There’s a volunteer Red Elderberry in my garden right now and it has already started to leaf out. But this particular tree is along Clark’s Creek, so perhaps it’s a little behind because the temperature is a few degrees colder next to the water.

. . . → Read More: Signs of Spring: Great Blue Herons Nesting, Stinging Nettles Emerging, Indian Plums Budding and So Much More!

Wolf Journey Study Day – Chris FE 005 – Berries Ripe, Skunks-Coyotes-Rats-Coons-Baby Squirrels, Grasshoppers & Yellow Jackets, Nuthatch & Flickers at Feeder, Neo-Tropicals Migrating Through

Wolf Journey Journal Cover Page for Field Exercise # 005

Name of Field Exercise: Chapter One Celebration

Dates & Times of Study Site Visits: 1600-1800, September 3, 2010 1800-2000, September 12, 2010

Plants, Animals, Minerals Experienced: (make up a name / give it a number if unsure)

I’m not sure whether it’s the season, whether my senses are keener at the end of a summer camp season living outdoors, or if I am simply more familiar with my study site now, but there has been so much action lately! I couldn’t help but to mention much of the action . . . → Read More: Wolf Journey Study Day – Chris FE 005 – Berries Ripe, Skunks-Coyotes-Rats-Coons-Baby Squirrels, Grasshoppers & Yellow Jackets, Nuthatch & Flickers at Feeder, Neo-Tropicals Migrating Through

Wolf Journey: Kim’s Field Exercise 001 – Study Site (& bald-faced hornets) Found!

2010.09.03 – Study Site (& bald-faced hornets) Found!

I saw the slug. It was surrounded by carpenter ants and I wondered why they would go after a slug. Was it for food? Should I save it? Wouldn’t the slugs natural slime defense protect it from them? Was the slug considered an invader for some reason?

Slug & ants that lured me to my site.

As I squatted under the willow for a closer look I realized that they weren’t really interacting with one another other than happening to cross paths. By the number of ants around I figured this must . . . → Read More: Wolf Journey: Kim’s Field Exercise 001 – Study Site (& bald-faced hornets) Found!

Wolf Journey Study Day – Chris FE 004 – Sprung! Take Our Bird and Plant Identification Quiz

Wolf Journey Journal Cover Page for Field Exercise # 004

Name of Field Exercise: Appreciating Your Study Site

Date & Time of Study Site Visit: 1400, March 1, 2010

Plants, Animals, Minerals Experienced Today: (make up a name / give it a number if unsure) Okay, spring is booming here, like it usually booms on April 1st. Check this out:

Birds on my suet feeder. Can you identify the species? The genus is Galium. Can you identify the species? Name two plant species coming up here. These are two wonderfully medicinal root crops! I’ll give it to you that . . . → Read More: Wolf Journey Study Day – Chris FE 004 – Sprung! Take Our Bird and Plant Identification Quiz

Wolf Journey Study Day – Chris FE 003 – Sharp-Shinned Hawk Hunting Songbirds While I Map My Study Site

Wolf Journey Journal Cover Page for Field Exercise # 003

Name of Field Exercise: Mapping Your Study Site

Date & Time of Study Site Visit: 1600, February 17, 2010

Plants, Animals, Minerals Experienced Today: (make up a name / give it a number if unsure) Kim pointed out a new bird at the feeder this week: an Audubon Race Yellow-Rumped Warbler! But wait, there’s more. As I was sitting at my office chair, a flash of wings passed right under my window. Having experienced this before, I knew the situation: the songbirds were being hunted!

The Black-capped Chickadee, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, . . . → Read More: Wolf Journey Study Day – Chris FE 003 – Sharp-Shinned Hawk Hunting Songbirds While I Map My Study Site

Wolf Journey Study Day – Chris FE 002 – Drawing of My New Study Site

Wolf Journey Journal Cover Page for Field Exercise # 002

Name of Field Exercise: Drawing Your Study Site

Date & Time of Study Site Visit: 1500, February 11, 2010

Approx Temperature when you were at study site, plus today’s high and low, if known: 43f

Wind direction and strength when you were at study site, plus other wind factors today if known: Calm

Describe any precipitation and cloud cover while at study site and at other times today if known: Drizzle; clear last night, cloudy this morning

Approx. Humidity while at study site, plus any changes you noticed: 100%

Barometric . . . → Read More: Wolf Journey Study Day – Chris FE 002 – Drawing of My New Study Site

Wolf Journey Study Day – Chris FE 001 – My New Study Site

My new study site right outside my office window!

This is a picture of my new study site. Right outside my home office window! You can see that Kim and I put up some bird feeders, even though the yard is a mecca for winter feeding flocks. Already a larder, it is shared by flocks of robins, juncos, kinglets, chickadees, starlings, and is guarded by a resident Bewick’s Wren and Towhee among many other visitors.

My plan is to do a weekly Study Site post as I work my way through Wolf Journey again, starting with Part 1 (naturalist . . . → Read More: Wolf Journey Study Day – Chris FE 001 – My New Study Site