Date: April 24, 2015
Weather: cloudy, a few showers
Temperature: start 73º
Wildlife count: Red-eared Slider
Year List: 278
Birds: Blue-winged Teal, American Bittern, Great Blue & Little Blue & Tri-colored Heron, White-faced Ibis, King Rail, Clapper Rail, Purple & Common Gallinule, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, Killdeer, Greater & Lesser Yellowlegs, Upland & Stilt & White-rumped & Western Sandpipers, Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson’s Phalarope, Laughing Gull, Tern (sp), Mourning Dove, Common Nighthawk, Belted Kingfisher, Crested Caracara, Eastern Kingbird, Purple Martin, Barn Swallow, Northern Mockingbird, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Boat & Great-tailed Grackle, Orchard Oriole, Swainson’s Hawks
This morning we enjoyed Environmental Education with 140 second graders from Baytown. It was cloudy and threatened rain, but it never happened. John talked to the kids about good bugs, and I led the metamorphosis race – both a lot of fun. By the time we had the 7th group of students, they were tired and hot, as the sun shone for a little while, but all went well.
When their busses left the parking lot, Gene asked if we wanted to go with him to drain some fields and we were game! Once we pulled onto the property, Gene unloaded his 4 seat Polaris, and along with Barry, we rode way out into the rice fields where Gene guides hunting trips all through the fall and winter seasons. He pointed out lots of grasses, rushes and forbs – all beautiful. There were also many ducks and shorebirds, so we stopped often. He showed us how he changed the water level in the fields and where his hunting blinds were situated. He really works hard to keep his resource in good condition so that hunters will have a good hunt, AND the population of waterfowl stays healthy. We rode for almost 2 hours.
It was after 3 when we arrived home and we used the afternoon to do some cleaning in preparation for leaving. One of the props for the metamorphosis activity I led are green sheets which the children use to wrap in for cocoons. With the area totally saturated with water and lots of mud, the sheets were in great need of laundry, and they filled both machines. With our own laundry, we completed 4 loads.
Dinner was CORN – Clean Out Refrigerator Night!