Thursday, March 4, 2010


We are waiting for the snow to melt. The snow quantity and quality make it hard to get around the golf course right now, so mostly I have been doing projects in the shop. I have built a couple of wood duck houses, a couple of bat houses as well as some store bought bluebird houses and a butterfly house. I have been working on recertifiying our Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program credentials and begining the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program certification. I have a new weather station that will be going up. It will give me such readings as temperature, humidity, solar radiation, wind speed and direction. This will help me calculate daily evapotranspriation rates (the amount of water a plant uses in a day) as well as posting a daily weather log on sites like This weekend looks like it will be warm and we should be able to get out more and start the spring clean-up.


Anonymous said...

Hi Scott,
Don't forget to monitor your Eastern Bluebird Houses at keast once a week and be especially careful that no House Sparrows use them. Use of bird houses by any native species is great (Eastern Bluebird, Tree Swallow,House Wren, Black-capped Chickadee) but when a House Sparrow takes over or when blowfly larvae infect the nest, it's worse than having no nest box at all. See below for instructions:

Scott said...


I have been monitoring them, but so far, I don't have any nests. I have spotted some male and female bluebirds using the houses as resting spots.


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