Category Archives: Environmental News

Laurel is Blooming, Still Cool Today

It was about 40 on the deck this morning. The laurel has been blooming here for a couple of days, beautiful weather. But with a chilly wind behind it. I said the wind must have been blowing at least 30 … Continue reading

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Chilly, Some Good Rain, High Winds, Hemlock Training, Lake Cleanup, Taste the Tri-Cities

It’s about 48 on the porch this morning, and we’ve had about 3/4 of an inch of rain overnight. There was already a half inch in the gauge from the day before. We also had some very high winds yesterday … Continue reading

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More on the Trout Festival on Saturday, Food Truck Alert!

The festival is this Saturday in the downtown park. On Friday night there is a High Country Boil – our version of the low country boil – at Merciers, with a silent auction of $7,000 worth of outdoor gear. That’s … Continue reading

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Flame Azaleas, Polk County Ramp Tramp Tomorrow, Trout Festival Next Saturday

The flame azaleas – the indigenous native species – are still in beautiful bloom. The Polk County Ramp Tramp Festival is tomorrow, starting at 10:00. We usually hit the Delano market first, then head over for the festival. It’s usually … Continue reading

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Rain Report, Flame Azaleas Are Blooming

We’ve had about a half an inch of rain so far, and it continues to drizzle and rain off and on. It’s very welcome, as it was getting a bit too dry, which raises unhappy memories of last year. It … Continue reading

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Dogwood Report, Wildflowers

Most of the dogwoods seem to be out, or at least well on the way. This weekend should be pretty good, and next weekend will probably be good, depending on the weather. The wildflowers should be almost to the beginning … Continue reading

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Turkey Mating Season Began Today

There was a strutting tom and a hen turkey in our driveway today, conclusive indications that the mating season has begun. I’m pretty sure it was the first day, at least here. In talking with the turkey hunters, no one … Continue reading

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First Dogwood, Birders and Duck Stamps

We’re having some dirty weather today, but no warnings so far. The first dogwood is blooming in my yard today, about 1950 feet, south facing slope. I expect most of them will be a week or two more in coming. … Continue reading

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Wildflower Report, Turkey Season Sightings

We went out and checked the wildflower situation last Sunday. At our location, we were at about 3,000 feet, so things may be further along in other locations. But in the places where we checked, it was all just starting. … Continue reading

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Signs of Spring – Sarvis is in Bloom

Our savis started to bloom yesterday, which is one of my favorite signs of spring. It’s often confused with dogwood, but it blooms much earlier, and has smaller flowers. If you have any, please conserve it. It seems I’ve seen … Continue reading

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