Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Fishing Season, Beavers, and Bees

Fishing season opened early in Pennsylvania this year and we took advantage by hauling our drift boat to Stevenson Dam in the Susquehanna State Forest.

Fitz loves to fly fish, but with both dogs in the boat it wasn't going well.  So I told him to let me off on the bank and the dogs and I would hike up the mountain.  I'd rather hike than fish.  

It was an overcast but, for North-central Pennsylvania, a warm day. 

I hiked way up to the top of the mountain (not the one above - I just thought that was a beautiful photo) and to my surprise found that beavers had been very busy!

Normally I expect to find a beaver lodge and there weren't any. I learned that these were beavers that had their dens in the side of the lake's bank.  That had to be hard work to go all the way up the mountain for food!

I'm so excited that both of my hives have made it through the winter.  I'm waiting for a day in which the weather gets above 60-degrees to see what's going on inside the hive and hope to be able to split the hives into more.

You can't see it very well here, but there are a LOT of bees going in and out and the pollen baskets on their little legs are loaded.  

I went for a walk yesterday and found this giant bird track.  I put my foot next to it for scale.

The turkeys are getting big around here!

Is anyone else concerned about the lockdown on buying gardening products and seeds?  I know I consider them essential items.  

“Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world.”
-Henry Kissinger

Stay safe, stay healthy, and get outside when you can safely do so!