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Think Spring
March 04, 2019

I am sitting here a humble man.

Though I am still grieving the loss of my beloved fur child, Akita.

I am in such awe, honored in many ways.

Many, many of you took the time to write me, and a few even sent sympathy cards.

You shared my loss, and shared your stories of loss as well.

I wept, and even cried as I read them all.

I couldn't possibly respond to every e-mail.

I do however, want to say Thank You from the bottom of my heart.

You understand that pets are indeed part of the family.

They are our fur children.

There is a positive thought this week, I simply didn't feel too positive last week, thank you for understanding.

I also feel sad for the readers that felt the need to cancel because I dared to share with you last week.

Two weeks and our little Snickers is still missing her big sister.

She isn't her self, and several times a day she will look into Kita's empty crate (where her day bed was), and wonder where she is.

When we mentions Keet's name, she perks up and looks around.

I know, time heals and life goes on,

Thank you so much again.

Think Spring.


Last week, Karen spotted these crows in a nearby tree.

She was surprised to see them so close to houses.

As I grabbed my camera, I watched for a few seconds.

The seasonal ritual of courtship was taking place.

The picture doesn't show the wooing and such, you have to take my word for it.

Unless a mate is killed or severely incapacitated, crows stay with the same mate year after year.

It is possible, however, for exceptions to occur.

Generally this would happen in the case of a young pair of birds that mated but bred unsuccessfully.

They might break the pair bond and try again with someone else.

Step outside and you may hear other birds in song, that mate for life.

Songs and calls from chickadees and cardinals.

Are you hearing the drum beat of certain woodpeckers?

(Even Canada's finest are showing up again.)

Eagles, owls and some hawks are sitting on nests, waiting for March hatches.

Yes, even in the sometimes harsh weather conditions.

Coyotes and foxes give birth in March, into early April.

It is safe to think spring.

While much of the continent has temperatures well below normal, nature continues.

Length of day of dictates hormonal changes.

Migration and or breeding cycles.

This is why farmers and breeders of live stock use artificial lights to get to juices flowing.

Keep an eye on bird migrations in your area.

Hummingbirds, Purple martins, robins, grosbeaks, and scores of other species are slowly on the move.

American goldfinches may be in full spring molt where you live.

Daylight is growing longer each day, by several minutes.

That should be enough to rejoice (even on the cloud filled, well below average temperature days).

Think Spring.

(Several Robins have over wintered this year.)

There have been some years that we have seen Sandhill cranes flying north.

Red-winged blackbirds appeared out of no where.

These are generally birds that get a jump on finding prime breeding grounds.

These birds also are the ones that often get into trouble when winter decides to stick around a few more weeks.

While weather does play a factor, it it the length of day that rules migration times.

Think Spring.

Are you going to start seeds this year?

I know some of you are experts at this.

Still many are novices and often get into trouble.

Here are a few basic tips.

Seedlings need a minimum of 12 hours of bright light (mine get at least 15 hours most days).

Windows don't offer the proper light conditions.

Start with a good and sterile 'Seed Starting Mix' , not your basic potting mix.

Sterilize your planting trays and pots.

Read seed packets.

Packets should tell you when and how to plan (often weeks before your last average frost date).

!2 weeks, 8 -10 weeks, 6-8 weeks, 3-4 weeks, before your last average frost date.

Do seeds need to be cold stratified?

Some seeds need to be sown on top and not covered (light required for germination). Bottom water.

I like to place seed trays in a sealable bag and place in a warm location, or cool window.

This way there are no worries about drying out.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless.

"If you have not often felt the joy of doing a kind act, you have neglected much, and most of all yourself".

A. Neilen

Kind acts are necessary, but don't forget, 'be kind to yourself as well'.

God's word.

"Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you".

Ephesians 4:32

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors,

We borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb.

A Blessed week to you .

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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Gardening For Wildlife.

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