Monday, May 28, 2007

Barn Dedication
This Memorial Weekend Tinker Homestead celebrated the finishing of the Horse Barn foundation. The day was perfect as on lookers watched David Oliver and John Aldridge cut the ribbon then enjoyed refreshments in the barn.

John Aldridge

John and David cut the ribbon

Tinker Carpentry Tools on display

More tools, blacksmithing...

demonstrating a hand, hewn log

Dave Oliver found these broken dishes, crocks, and glass in the unearthed soil when the barn was lifted. There are pieces that coordinate with those in the Cobblestone Museum. Stop in and check out the barn displays or sign up for a class to be held in the barn.
Labyrinth Trees
The Trees donated to add privacy to the Labyrinth have all been planted and look wonderful. Thanks again to the Church of Christ in Pittsford and Lakeview Landscape.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Project Wild/Flying Wild

Tinker Nature Park/Hansen Nature Center hosted a Flying WILD professional development workshop this past Saturday. The day long training session provided formal and nonformal teachers of K-12 students with a comprehensive overview of Flying WILD: An Educator's Guide to Celebrating Birds, as well as practical hands-on training in its implementation. Workshop facilitator, Annie O'Reilly shared information about migratory birds and their convservation needs and helped participants become networked into the bird conservation community in their community.

Facilitator, Annie O'Reilly and
Tim Pratt, Director of Nature Center

Jacqueline Weaver , of Hillside Children's Center, introducing her new species of penguin

Arleen Oliver and others participated in hands on children's activities, giving much inspiration to offer classroom and groups.

Owl pellet dissecting

Project wild/Flying Wild is Supported by the following:

The Council for Environmental Education is a nationally recognized leader in environmental education; providing programs and services that promote responsible stewardship of our natural resources.

In NYS, Project WILD is administered by the Department of Environmental Conservation. DEC is responsible for managing the state's natural resources and maintaining a quality environment. Project WILD has reached over 35,000 educators and over one million students since its 1985 New York introduction.
Tinker Nature Park Welcomes Good Shepherd School of Henrietta
Good Shepherd School's 3rd and 4th grade classes spent the day learning about the local wildlife's natural habitats, the history of Henrietta and Monroe County and the Tinker family, one of Henrietta's first settlers.

Nic Deveto gets off the bus with a smile ~ could it be because his mom, Mrs. Oliver, is his guide today?

The boys were none to happy when the girls teased them about just one of there jobs that includes the manure, however they got even when Mrs. Oliver showed them the chamber pots and whose job it was to clean them each morning.....the girls!

A chamber pot Definition: A chamber pot (also a john, a chamberpot, a jordan, a po (from French "pot de chambre") or simply a potty) consists of a bowl-shaped container with a handle kept in the bedroom under a bed. Chamber pots, usually ceramic, often had lids.

Mr. Oliver demonstrates how the horse barn was built

No running water 'back then'

John Green examines the Manure Trolley

Shelling corn

The Corn Sheller

Tim Pratt showing a feathered friends habitat

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Photography with Bob Hodge

Friends of Tinker Nature Park Volunteer Bob Hodge presented a two-part class about wildlife photography on May 5 & 12. Twenty-five people signed on, receiving classroom instruction for the first class and a critique of pictures taken by participants at the second class. Topics covered were film vs. digital, how to set up your digital camera and techniques used in outdoor photography. A collection of Bob Hodge's photography is on display at the Hansen Nature Center.

A display featuring some of Bob's photos

A shot of one of the fawn born in the Spring of 2006

One of the many chipmunks in the park
Bloomin' Trees

I Just had to share some shots of trees in bloom in the park now. With the cooler temperatures moving in this week, it will keep the blooms up a bit longer, making for some great photo ops.

Malus 'Van Eseltine Crabapple upright (columnar)
This is my very favorite tree. It grows on the right-facing corner of the Tinker Homestead. Despite this years overall poor
perforamance with blooms from the late snowfall, this trees blooms are better than ever.

Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles sp.)
This shrub or small tree has two distinct personalities. Flowering Quince spends most of the year as a shrubby tangle of branches and non-descript foliage. But then, for a brief two or three weeks in early spring, it transforms itself into a drop-dead beauty. Its bare thorny branches are covered with brilliant 1 1/2 to 2 inch usually red blossoms and offers up a delightful fragrance.
Although the flowers are beautiful and the fruit a neat feature, the thorns can be difficult to prune. These can be found around the entrance to the Hansen nature Center.

Common Lilac
Syringa vulgaris
(Standard Lilac)

Apple Blossoms

Spring (Apple Blossoms) by John Everett Millais, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, England
This painting could have been a moment in time at Henrietta's Tinker park.

Apple Blossom Punch
3 (46 oz.) cans apple juice
3 (12 oz.) cans frozen orange juice concentrate
2 (2 liters) Sprite or 7-Up
Mix juices, add Sprite or 7-Up at serving time. Pour over fruit or flower ice ring. Serves 50.

Edible flowers in Ice:
Rose petals
Wash flowers and place one in each section of an ice cube tray. Add water and freeze. Or use a bowl to make one large block with flowers in bowl. Place flowers, blossoms down, in bowl. Add 1/8 inch water. Freeze. Fill bowl full with cold water. Freeze. Dip bowl in hot water to loosen ice. Float ice in punch bowl flower side up.

Red Flowering Crab Radiant Malus pumila

Dark Purple Common Lilac
This lilac is a must see, it can be found growing on the right-facing corner of the herb garden.

Arnold Red Honeysuckle
Upright growing with pale green leaves, rose-pink flowers and red fruits. Several of these large shrubs can be found behind the amphitheater

White Crabapple Tree Floribunda Malus
What Animal Did This?

At first sight, the thought was coyote, as last year in the park there were quite a few fawn taken and spread throughout the park in odd places which is typical of coyote. Tim Pratt had seen coyote footprints as well. However, upon closer inspection and me daringly putting my arm down the holes, we all agree they are from ground hogs. There are many of these holes throughout the wildflower meadow and usually in pairs.

Groundhogs have several entrances to their tunnels.

here is an excert from:

--Truth is groundhogs (aka woodchucks) possess some pretty good credentials in the industry and engineering fields. But, they are underground agents, and out of sight is out of respect.

Please don't let it be a big animal!!

Any human engineer can tell you that excavation, especially tunneling, is exacting work with a whole array of unique problems. Did you ever wonder about that hole out of which the groundhog is supposed to pop?

The first engineering problem the groundhog must face is drainage. The animal instinctively selects the slope of a hill for an entrance. The tunnel angles sharply downward for thee or four feet. Then the passage slants upward. Finally, it levels off for the first 15 to 20 feet to the main chamber. This procedure - digging down, then up before digging the main tunnel, prevents most flooding situation.

There's no light at the end of the tunnel, but there are two separate rooms - one is for sleep and the other serves as a privy. What would you call that? An underhouse? Scientists call it the excrement room. The underground complex often includes side tunnels and a secret entrance,a "plunge hole," for emergency escape.

In cartoons, animals often dig with such vigor, that dirt shoots out behind them. That's taken from groundhogs in real life. Groundhogs are living digging machines. If roots get in the way, they have those rodent teeth with which to gnaw. Stones (in Door County?) will be dislodged and rolled out the entrances. Before a ground hog goes into dormancy, he seals himself into his chamber with dirt, which is just as well. Other critters such as snakes and raccoons often sleep through the winter in groundhog tunnels.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Monroe Beekeepers May Meeting

Hi All,

We will have to push back this months meeting to Sunday May 20th at 11:00am. The package bees for the park and anyone who ordered them will be in and we can start to hive them.

Hives at the Park

For those of you who have been beekeeping for some time can help out the people who are new at this. We have a couple of suits for those of you who do not have one.
A white dot marks the queen

We are also hoping to mark the queens that we already have at the park. We will have a quick meeting inside and then we will head out to the yard to work with the bees so bring your beekeepers suit. I hope to see everyone there.

Damon Lincourt

A peek inside the Beehouse