The Mississippi Kites are here! These beautiful birds get a lot of bad press and pressure because they are one of the most territorial birds in our area. Their big mistake is that they assume humans are a threat to their nests or kids. They dive bomb people with a lot of energy and actually will touch a hat or someone's hair or scalp when they ride by on a bike or walk in the area. They have a penetrating call when they attack and scare us to death. The game wardens and I get lots of these calls ...
Summer is here and there is a great opportunity for some fun learning across Barton County. The idea for StoryWalk was shared at an Extension update last August and several of my colleagues in surrounding counties wanted to bring it to this area. A small grant provided funds to purchase the materials for StoryWalk and now we are ready to take it on the road.
4-H'ers are busy getting their clothing projects ready for the upcoming 2016 Barton County Fair! It is exciting to watch the enthusiasm among the first year seamstresses. Monthly sessions of "Second Saturday Sewing" and a couple of sewing opportunities during spring break have been the catalyst to keep interest in sewing high.
People have been sending "messages" with flowers for centuries, with each flower species holding a meaning, but what are flowers really telling us? Discover hidden messages and more about flowers during the program, The Language of Flowers, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, from 2 to 3 p.m. on June 19.
During a program the other day, a question that made me pause. "How do you get these owl and hawk mounts if it's illegal to shoot them?" a student asked, after I had told him his family couldn't shoot the great horned owl that was preying on their cats. A valid question.
May 28, 2016|
By Pam Martin KDWPT educator
Picnic season is upon us. The end of the school year and the Memorial Day holiday are celebrated with outdoor gatherings. As temperatures soar, so do the risks of bacteria on food increasing and causing a food borne illness. Family gatherings are the time to be diligent about serving safe food. Some great reminders at this time of year may help keep your picnic safe.
"Mom, I'm Hungry!" When you hear this and it is not meal time, you know it is time for a snack. Small children need snacks to help them make it from meal to meal. But snacks don't mean we throw good nutrition out the window. Your child's snacking mood may vary, but you can always maintain healthy snacking habits.
I think that we don't think enough about the impact of our Wetlands on the big picture of birding and hunting in our area. In the past month, I have had turkey hunters from Canada (efficiently shooting traditional archery) and a new birding friend from Wisconsin who called KWEC and requested taxi service for a day of birding after completing a day of business in our community. His business project will benefit all of us and he is very pleased with the progress which will be a topic of business news very soon. We had a terrific day and ...
As we get deeper into spring, our attention will likely turn to making our lawns and gardens look their best. Anyone who has done yard work probably knows that a well-manicured, green lawn is not going to happen by itself. Luckily, Raymond Cloyd, professor of entomology at Kansas State University, has helpful tips for properly managing home lawns and gardens, particularly when it comes to controlling insects and other lawn-dwelling creatures.
With the first 8 week session of the Stay Strong, Stay Healthy workshop in the books it is time to sign up for session number 2. I have loved every Tuesday and Thursday morning as our group of seventeen gained strength and improved balance through the one hour exercise routine. It is definitely a slow progression, with wrist and ankle weights added only after the first three weeks. Repetitions increase slowly as well so that participants feel good about their accomplishments.
After nearly twenty-seven years of writing regular columns about pertinent information for families, it is time to look for some new and fresh ideas. I tried googling May celebrations and found an interesting link. Besides the familiar Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day and Memorial Day holidays which are celebrated this month I found some rather unusual ones. May 11th is designated as "Eat what you want day" and the 14th is "Dance like a chicken day." (I'm not making this up!) When I zoomed in on May 10th, which is next Tuesday, the site said it is "Clean ...
The birding community and the Wetlands Center are buzzing with big news about a strange bird at the Bottoms. A White Ibis has appeared for the first time in our memory. It is a shore bird found mostly in the Carolinas down to the south and also in the Caribbean. It does not migrate with the White-faced Ibis which is a purple/brown bird that looks the same except for color and is very plentiful at the Bottoms right now. The White Ibis is hanging with his brothers and sisters in groups along 156 east/north of KWEC. No, I ...
Our friends from other states tease us "flatlanders" about riding our bike in Kansas. Obviously they have never traveled to the northwest part of Barton county and other parts of the state. I also like to point out that we may not have a lot of hills but we have lots of wind! This spring has been full of windy days so we plan our rides to head in to the wind first and then enjoy a tailwind on the way home.