Thursday, August 13, 2015

RECYCLE, TRIM TREES, AND HERE COME THE MONARCHS!!!



This year we started providing 
bottled water.  One of the Greens staff is taking advantage of the nickel deposits.  Here is Chico with a loaded car.   We were recycling but the town does not give us any rebates for doing this.  I am glad someone is taking this opportunity to the bank!!!!!   


These guys sure look vicious but they are really harmless.  They are Cicada Killing wasps.   They catch a cicada, bring it to their burrow and lay an egg on it.  The Cicada becomes breakfast for the newly hatched wasp.  



There were some low hanging branches on # 6.  They were stopping the irrigation water from reaching the rough.   Here Tony and Marcos are removing the lower limbs. 






Irrigation water can now reach the rough on the other side of the tree.  











I am glad to report that the Monarch Butterflies have finally arrived.  They have been placed on the threatened species list and need all the help they can get.  








We have set up our aquarium again this year.  You can follow there development from Egg, Caterpillar, Chrysalises to 
Butterfly. 
They only lay there eggs on Milkweed which we allow to grow in different areas around the course.   They migrate all the way to Mexico every winter.   We joined "Monarch Watch"  which is a program run by the University of Kansas.  Every fall we tag and release Monarchs in an attempt to help study there migration habits.