Archive for the ‘Wildlife’ Category

Monarchs in the Gardens

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Yesterday I found several Monarch Butterflies nectaring on the Joe-pye Weed that's blooming in the hedge behind the condo.

Monarch on Joe-pye Weed 8-28-13 (more…)

Native Thistles

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

I want to introduce you to some misunderstood plants.

Most of us think of thistles as weeds - most of the ones we see along roadsides and field edges are not native and very aggressive.   But there are several native thistles that are well behaved, and will even grow well in gardens.  I've planted three species of native thistles in our prairie meadow.  One of them is blooming right now. (more…)

Cooper’s Hawk

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

A Hawk - which I think is a young Cooper's Hawk - landed on our balcony this afternoon.  It sat and looked around for about 5 minutes, staring in at me at my desk,  and then flew away.

Thanks to Clay Christensen for this ID.

8-20-13 red tailed hawk 1 (more…)

Native Landscaping

Friday, July 13th, 2012

This is a post about my philosophy of landscaping.  In the last few years, I've worked with a few groups of folks on choosing plants for the gardens around our building.  Everyone has different tastes, and different ideas about what our landscape should look like.  I've heard both praise and criticisms of decisions that were made, and questions about why certain plants were chosen,  so I thought I would tell you the ideas behind my choices. (more…)

Insects in the Gardens – July 2012

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

I walked in the gardens today, looking for butterflies, and found lots of both butterflies and dragonflies.  The prairie and the wetland garden have a few blooming flowers, and even more that are just getting ready to open. (more…)

Moths and Butterflies in the Gardens

Thursday, May 10th, 2012


I did my first mothing for this year on Monday night.  I didn't see many moths - it's still cool at night, and still very early in the year for many species.  But I did see a few interesting ones. (more…)

Turkeys at 1666

Friday, October 7th, 2011

There has been a flock of Wild Turkeys wandering around the grounds behind 1666 lately.  These photos were taken on October 5. (more…)

Moths from July 25, 2011

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Last night was a nice night - calm and not so hot, but still warm enough for the moths to come out.  Lots of people came to visit the lights.  I hope you'll all come back again!  It's fun to share the experience.  It does take some patience - the interesting creatures are slow to come out.  Most of the best ones show up around 10:30 or 11.


Moths and other creatures – July 18, 2011

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

It was too hot to stay out long, but I did see a few great creatures last night.


More New Moths – July 5, 2011

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Even the second day in a row brings new species.  Here are the ones we saw on July 5th.