Roma Lenehan reported on July 11 that the Sandhills cranes have a new colt, barely a week old. She observed the parents and colt by the Class of 1918 Marsh. The pair of sandhill cranes had been unsuccessful in their first breeding attempt this season in the Pond Marsh of Picnic Point. A new colt is wonderful news.
If you are aware of bird breeding activities and locations in the Preserve, please enter your information in the bird log kept at the Birding Bulletin board inside the gate to Picnic Point, or email Roma Lenehan.
Tiny toads and other frogs
Organic gardeners in the Eagle Heights Community gardens are purists: no pesticides and no engines. Instead diligent weeding and cutting the rye with the scythe. The area along the edge of the gardens that had been seeded with rye as a cover crop was mowed this week by relying human power. Anyone who has helped with a rye harvest knows how amazingly heavy rye is, especially when wet. The two workers in the field, Will Waller and Emma Schroeder, a PhD student with Bill Cronon, perform labors of love for the land.
Gisela Kutzbach and contributors