The blacksmith workshop on June 22 & 23, 2017 went very well! Friday was held at Turkey Run and Saturday was held at Parke County fairgrounds due to rain.
Happy Spring Gardeners, we have a new wonderful fence around the garden. Come and admire it on our first gardening day of this 2017 season. We will have soil and plot prep, plus some unwanted growth that (weeds) are beginning to grow. Due to the fence reconstruction, the perimeter preparation will need a little more raking and may need some digging done. Bring gardening tools with you or use the ones we will have provided . Hope to see many of you next Wednesday April 5 at 10:00 AM. There may be rain, so if it is raining we will not meet.
Beata St. Clair
April 1, 2017
Hurrah, Hurrah! We have a new garden fence around the Lusk Heritage Demonstration Garden . It was a couple of years ago that Ray expressed interest in planning and figuring out what materials we would need and what it would entail to replace the fence. Thanks so much for keeping with it. Then Chris endorsed the project and helped keep it moving . Last autumn volunteers of the park and master gardeners got together and dismantled the fence. Special thanks to all participants and Greg and Mike who hauled off the majority of the removed old fencing materials. ( Some of which was used to made items the park could sell for extra funds) Dan took sample of the pickets and with material provided by Dave, cut all new pickets as designated by Ray’s plans. It sounds as if guys did most of the work. Not true, there were lots of women volunteers out there working too. The next phase would be reconstruction. The weather had much to do with this step. Some park workers removed the rotten post and replaced them last week. Then,also Finally last week end Boy Scout Troop 311 from Vigo County, under the direction of Scout project Leader Phillip Jackson and help from Dave and Ray , plus a number of volunteer helpers reconstructed the new and improved fence with a ground level rabbit barrier. It is a dream come true. Thanks to all helpers and providers of moral support. Stop by and see it any time dawn to dusk. Beata St.Clair
Hello Gardeners, 2017
The Lusk Garden at Turkey Run State Park has had some beginnings already. The planning volunteers met in Feb and planned the formation of the plots and vegetables, herbs and a few flowers we would be planting this year. The garden is being mapped out and printed by one of our state park naturalists. The plants chosen are of a heritage era that would have been available and grown by the Lusk family in their kitchen garden. The heritage seeds were ordered from an organic source. They came last week and one of our volunteers with a green house will start the seedlings that need a little more attention in their beginning growth. A couple other of our volunteers have already been up to the garden site and tilled and raked the plots during the warm spell we had. So there has been quite a lot of pre gardening activity. The next big happening will be the construction of the garden fence by a Boy Scout Troop . They have plans to construct it by the end of March, if the weather cooperates. The participation of gardening activities will most likely begin in April or when the weather becomes warmer again. We know rushing Mother Nature is never a good idea. Hope many of you will be able to participate this season. See you all later.
Beata St. Clair
Golden Eagles at Lake Waveland. Pictures taken by Jay Pint. To see more of his work visit his website http://jaypintphotography.com
COOKOUT AND TIMBERDOODLING-18 MARCH
The Friends of Turkey Run and Shades St. Parks will have their 3rd annual Timberdoodle outing on 18 March at Shades St. Park to hear and see American Woodcocks perform their spring courtship ritual. The birds have cooperated quite well the past two years, even landing almost at our feet.
These birds can be heard at dusk and dawn in late winter through mid-spring giving their “peent” calls prior to rising into the air in twittering flight, circling, and returning to their starting point. They are classified with shorebirds but are usually seen away from lakes and ponds, nesting in damp woodlands such as occur near the entrance to Shades St. Park where they probe the soil for earthworms and such with their long, flexible-tipped bill. They are very difficult to see as their cryptic plumage is perfect camouflage for living on the ground among leaf litter and debris. Due to their crepuscular habits, their eyes are proportionately large and are set closer to the back of the head than the front, allowing them almost 180-degree field of vision on each side to watch for predators while probing their bill three-four inches in the ground. When caught in the open or drawing attention from young they do what is called a “swivel walk” involving taking a step then swaying the entire body forward and back, taking a second step, swaying, and repeating until out of danger.
All activities will begin and end at the Pine Shelter parking lot just north of the gatehouse.
4:00 p.m. – Trail cleanup or leisurely hike.
6:00 p.m. – Weiner Roast – join us for hot dogs and more.
7:00 p.m. – check out progress of nesting Bald Eagles up the road at Lake Waveland or look for owls in
c. 8:00 p.m. – Timberdoodling – we will position ourselves in the middle of the courting grounds
where the American Woodcock begin courting at sunset.
Be prepared for cold or wet conditions with proper footwear and clothing.
We look forward to spending an evening with you. We hope you will join us for what has been a very enjoyable experience.
In order to help us prepare food and to allow us to notify you if the weather causes us to cancel the event, please let us know if you plan to attend. But don’t stay home if you forget to notify us!
Alan W. Bruner – Chair, Friends of Turkey Run and Shades St. Parks. email@example.com (765-562-2741).
The Friends of Turkey Run and Shades State Parks will hold their annual silent auction during the Eagles in Flight Weekend, January 27 - 29. Please donate good crafts, art, books, clothing, foods, gift certificates or any other items that others would find bid-worthy.
The Friends are focusing on trail preservation in 2017 and will use money raised from the silent auction for this project. Please text 765-569-5148 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for item pickup; or drop items off at the Nature Center at Turkey Run by Sunday, January 22, 2017.