Getting Ready for Spring Things

Howdy Everybody!

It’s a beautiful Saturday morning, here at The SnK Wildlife reserve.  I’m finishing up my Tree Frog Coffiee’s coffee, and looking ahead to Spring.

Tree Frog(BTW – Tree Frog Coffees is a micro coffee roaster located in Wharton, Texas, who is committed to the education and promotion of sustainable coffee farming. Janet Goings, owner of Tree Frog Coffees, only  purchases and roasts certified coffees from farms using sustainable growing practices  which includes organic, fairly traded, shade grown, bird friendly, and Rain Forest Alliance  certified coffees.)

Funny, it seems like Spring is already here, as we’ve had temps in the 70’s for a few days.  We really haven’t had any sort of Winter, but I bet we will.

Spring Things.  That’s quite a subject, which includes tasks to be done at The SnK, such as clearing brush, in preparation for restoring the “Front 40,” to the usual cleaning out the dead growth from the beds around the house, prepping the raised garden for the Spring garden, to painting Bluebird nest boxes, prior to new arrivals showing up.

Speaking of Bluebirds, Selena and I, are members of the Texas Bluebird Society (TBS), an organization that promotes the education and support of Bluebirds.  We’ve enjoyed Bluebirds, here at The SnK, and joined TBS some years back.  Spring means that the TBS Annual Season Kickoff symposium is upcoming.  In fact, it’s March 12th, in Bastrop, Texas.

The TBS annual symposium promotes the conservation of bluebirds and teaches the public how to attract and provide quality habitat for bluebirds across Texas. This year’s symposium will be held in Bastrop, Texas. Guest speakers will cover topics that bluebirders, new and experienced, will find interesting and entertaining. Registrants have the opportunity to win door prizes and attendees can bid in our silent auction for many wonderful items. Additionally, members who pledge to “NestWatch” at least two nestboxes will receive a FREE TBS nestbox.

The symposium features guest speakers, sharing a wealth of information and good stories.  In addition to the symposium, on Saturday, TBS hosts a Friday night dinner and margarita social.  This year will also include a guest speaker after supper, John Karger, founder of Last Chance Forever – The Bird of Prey Conservancy (San Antonio, Texas) will join us Friday evening.  You can get more information on the symposium, by checking out the event web site (Which I put together  :-).   2016 Texas Bluebird Season Kickoff

As I mentioned earlier, we’re looking at grassland restoration, for the “Front 40.”  The front fields were converted to Coastal Burmuda, some years back, for the cattle that used to graze the place.  Now that cattle are gone, we want to convert back to native grasses.  We are currently working on a Grassland Restoration Incentive Program application, which will help us kill off the non-native grasses and reseed with native growth. This is going to mean clearing a bunch of scrub.

Well, it will be worth it, especially when the new growth takes over and we can look out on fields of Big Blue Stem, Blue Grama, Buffalograss, Indiangrass, and such.

Big Bluestem
Big Bluestem
Blue Grama
Blue Grama
Buffalograss
Buffalograss
Indiangrass
Indiangrass

The “Back 360” is in pretty good shape, so no restoration needed, but we will be doing Prescribed Burns in 2017.  Sounds like a bunch of work, doesn’t it?  Well, it may be, but it will be worth it, if we end up with the results we’re hoping for.

Stay tuned for updates.

Until next time, Peace!

Keith, the K, in The SnK

 

 

 

 

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