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July 10 2006

road runner

Caretaker's note: The Greater Roadrunner is in the Cuckoo family, able to run up to 15 miles per hour, and is rarely seen flying. It feeds on insects, snakes, lizards, rodents,small birds and some fruits and seeds. It runs on the ground in search of prey.

Posted in 2006 Journal, Census

June 22 2006

Caretaker's note: Leftover chunks of concrete from another project provides material to build a small dam across a wide draw. It is intended to direct large water flows through the middle of the draw, through and over the culvert instead of spreading out into new channels of erosion.

Posted in 2006 Journal, Census, Erosion

April 27 2006

  • Saw Nighthawk
  • Giant Swallowtail
  • Watered all plantings
  • Removed Box Elders at river bottom in elderberry patch

Caretaker's note: The Box elders are a native tree common along river bottoms. Like Juniper, however, they can become invasive. By thinning the small trees, there is now more sunlight and room for other species to grow. In this case, we are encouraging elderberries which are an important food source for birds.

Posted in 2006 Journal, Census, Habitat

April 26 2006

  • Caged last blooming yucca at gate
  • Improved cages around red yuccas throughout
  • Improved cages for Passion Vine at house
  • Antelope Horn
  • Monarch
  • Juniper Hairstreak
juniper hairstreak

Posted in 2006 Journal, Census, Habitat

April 22 2006

  • Planted White Salvia near pond
  • Moved rocks and beefed up swales near barn at feeding area, 44 feet long. After measuring the shape of the natural contours of the land, arranged rocks, logs and leaf debris along contour line. This allows for rain water to slow down, avoid erosion and seep into the ground longer. The larger and heavier the rocks, the less often it needs repair and maintenance.

Posted in 2006 Journal, Habitat, Erosion

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