Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas from Tinker Homestead

Victorian Parlor Tree

Musicians Dan and Warren (aka The Okie Dokies) entertain visitors to the Homestead

Traditional Victorian Dining Room Setting

Santa making ornaments with the children, assisted by FLCC Intern Jenny

Musician Dean Santos with help singing carols.

Crafting at Hansen Nature Center

Thank you to all who volunteered in 2009.
Best Wishes for 2010!

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Halloween at Tinker Nature Park

Thanks to the volunteers from R-H High School!

Fall Harvest Festival At Tinker Park
Always a favorite

Harvesting the Honey

Tastings of Honey Treats

Thursday, July 09, 2009


This year has been a banner year in bee swarms. As of today we have recovered 5 swarms, which brings the park up to 10 hives. Not to bad since we came out of the winter with 4 hives.

We travelled to Liberty Hill on Lehigh Station Road to grab this swarm.

Just as we were getting into position to recover the Liberty Hill swarm, it broke.

We followed the swarm about 1/3 of a mile before it occupied a low lying bush. Here is Tim maneuvering the girls into a hive box.

This swarm and the one below originated from two of our very own established hives.

DiPrimo Eagle Scout Project

Joey DiPrimo from Boy Scout Troop 171 completed his Eagle Scout Project on 23 May 2009. He was boarded on 25 June and awarded his Eagle Scout. Congrats!

Joey and crew fixing up the flower beds around the gazebo.

Joey relaxing on one of the four benches he built for the gazebo.

The finished project

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Children's Fishing with the Avon Anglers

On 23 May, the Avon Anglers volunteered their love of fishing to the park. They also donated and cooked lunch for the 100 folks who attended.

Tim handling a true monster of a frog. This year we saw a lot of bullhead and some bluegill.

Ken from Avon Anglers calling out door prize winners.

One of the Avon Anglers cooking hot dogs.

No event is official with out "Ranger Bob".

Fighting the Tinker Pond fish

Winners of the biggest and most fish caught.

New Flag for the Park

Our local Cub Scout Pack purchased a new flag for the park.

The pack with the new flag.

Taking down the old flag.

Raising the new flag.

Our new "ole glory."


Spring is the time for new life, and the park hosts quite the diverse population of wildlife.

A Downy Chested Woodpecker feeds her young just off the boardwalk on the inner trail.

A doe gives an impromptu bath while her fawn nurses.

This fawn was left on a dry spot off the outer trail. The doe was out feeding. This is a very secure spot surrounded by water which makes it tough for predators to track the doe and her fawn.

Mallard ducklings scrounging for food.

Goslings and parents off the boardwalk near the pond.

A vixen had her four kits under the Nature Center shed. Of course we are still finding animals parts all over the park.


Spring opens the school tour season. So if you were looking for the park staff, more than likely you did not find us. On any given day we will host over 200 kids at the park. Many are school tours guided by the park staff. Others are self guide like the huge Pinnacle Lutheran crew that came by with parents below.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Our Fowl Friends

A lucky shot of a pair of Wood Ducks on the outer trail, female on the left and male on the right. Did not even know I had the female in the picture until we brought it up on the computer. Of course these crafty and very private critters have alluded all attempts to photograph them again.

This Turkey wandered out on the fitness trail one dreary afternoon and walked down the trail like he owned the place.

Turkey walking over to the pull up station.

Another lucky shot, this time of a Pileated Woodpecker in the open. Usually these guys flitter around in the woods making a good clear shot impossible. We were working in the Apple Orchard when I noticed a pair of Pileated working over a dead stump. One flew off and this one stuck around.

Critters of the Spring

With the impending change of the weather, more and more critters are coming out of their winter homes.
Pair of Green Frogs enjoying an uncommon warm spring day.

Painted turtles sunning themselves in the cattails.

The turtle log is the social heartbeat of the marsh for the Painted Turtles.

Nesting Canadian Goose. This nest fell victim to predation.

First Goslings of the season. This particular family is down to two Goslings.

Bluebird in early spring.

The kings of the marsh have returned, Red Wing Blackbird claiming his territory.

A clutch of snakes sunning themselves off the outer trail.