Two little blue flowers on the prairie now!
Spring has sprung, the grass is riz….I know where the birdies is 🙂
Welcome back spring with all your lovely sunshine and birds and grass and greenery! It is lovely out there, out here. All our spring birds have returned, the ducks, geese, swans, robins, meadow larks, black birds and all the other birds. Even the lady bugs are back and the ants….there is an abundance of those this spring.
As we prepare for the summer season there are a few things that have been going on:
- We are excited to have Ashley Dyck starting as our summer student this year. She will be continuing on with the GVI research and helping implement the invasive species plan.
- Neal attended the AIA conference in Banff this spring.
- Lethbridge college had a field trip on the Ranch Neal assisted in teaching about how range management affects wildlife.
- Cows come in on May 20th this year
- Neal took his applicators tutorial course at the end of March and is planning to test in May, he hopes it will help him implement the invasive species plan.
Well that seems to be all that is exciting and happening around the ranch these days. Enjoy the rest of your April and happy Easter and spring to all.
Shannon, Neal and the boys
Every spring as the ice starts to melt it pulls up vegetation from the bottom of the wetlands…it looks bad and smells the same! But is an essential part of the spring water turn over
lots of water coming off the pivot in mid March
early spring run off
The wetland looks a bit rough with all the vegetation pulled up and waiting for the big melt to be complete
early spring run off from the pivot f
A well deserved swim on a warm day after a long run
Boyd riding Festus
Reyd riding Zipper
Waiting for things to green up
Looking back over the ranch from the big east branch canal on the west side
The east branch canal is full to the brim as the EID is busy filling reservoirs in preparation for the busy summer season
A big reclamation site on the west side of the ranch
found some Phlox moss greening up very early in March
Phlox moss blooming…April showers do bring flowers
The first few blossoms of early Cinquefoil on the prairie
My little crocus patch starting to pop up
The first little crocus in the patch 🙂
Two little trees growing in an old tree stu
New beaver activity
These pussy willows have already opened and were buzzing with bees…they would not stay nice and still on the windy day for a picture
on career day I had an artist and a Rancher!