Happenings at The SnK: June 20, 2017

One of our Neighbors. Isn’t it cute?

 

Once again, it’s been a while since I posted. Seems that life keeps getting in the way and I’m focusing on other aspects.

Although life’s gotten in the way of me posting, it hasn’t gotten in the way of progress and neat stuff at The SnK.

The other day, when Selena and I were heading out on a motorcycle ride, Selena tapped me on the shoulder and told me that she thought that she saw a fawn laying next to a Rose Hedge. I stopped the trike and we got off to walk back and take a look.

Sure enough, there was a fawn next to the bush. Such a cute thing for sure. That’s it, in the picture above.

We’ve seen a doe and fawn here and there, up near the house and in the front field. Have no idea if it’s the same pair or not.

The deer are really enjoying the front field, now that the tall grass is gone.

Speaking of the front field. I’m currently spraying Dew Berry as it’s proliferated up in the “Front 40.” We bought a 4-wheeler spray rig and it gets the job done. It doesn’t get it done fast, but I’m making progress.

We had a couple of biologists out a bit over a week ago and they helped us finalize our game plan. We’re going to focus on the front field and leave the middle section alone. We’re going to drop the Monarch Project grant and focus on the grassland project.

We’ve actually had 4 biologists look at the middle section and say it looks great. Two of them, from Native Prairie Association of Texas (NPAT), believe that the middle area is a prairie remnant. We’re going to register it with NPAT. Pretty cool, we think.

Speaking of Monarch Butterflies, we’re finding more Milkweed on the place. In fact, Selena has transplanted some that was in the front field. I found more this morning, so she’s going to try to dig it up this evening.

Please ignore the date stamp, I never set the new camera. šŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, what else is going on? We’re about to buy more seed and have set things in motion to purchase native grass and wildflower seeds. In addition, we’re lining up a Seed Drill to put the seed in the ground in August.

 

 

When that’s done we’ll be through with the first phase of the project. After that, we’ll have to work to keep the invasive species down.

That’s going to mean spot spraying King Ranch Bluestem and Coastal Bermuda. Yeah, it’s not done, when the seeds in the ground.

 

Nope, The SnK is going to be an ongoing project, something that we’ll be working on the rest of our lives.

As for the future, we plan to put The SnK under the protection of the Native Prairie Association of Texas. Although there’s still thousands of Texas acres that have not been developed, that number is down from the millions. We want our place to remain as is for the rest of forever.

Well, that’s it for now.

Hopefully, I’ll have something new to post sooner than I did this post.

Until next time, Peace!

Keith, the K at The SnK

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