Honk!

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I Spy a Swan Crossing the Highway

On our way to the Museum of Science in Boston yesterday we saw a swan making its way across Route 3. Almost equally strange was how the cars stopped. The swan must have also thought the stopped cars were strange because he stopped to look too. Count us in with the curious cars but it didn’t take long for other cars with things to do and places to be to start honking. I wish I could say the swan honked back but he simply continued on his way.

By the way, we had an enjoyable day at the museum even though my son kept asking if we were going to the gift shop next. Both he and his sister especially loved the lighting show! We did eventually get to the gift sop where my son got a Venus Fly Trap which he has since been carrying around the house like a pet. Check out Facebook or my Instagram feed for a few more highlights.

Junior Engineer

Manufacturing Intro with Printable

Manufacturing Intro for Kids

I know enough about manufacturing because of my work in product design to give a quick kid friendly intro.  My goal is to get kids looking at products in their world a little closer and hopefully get them excited about possible careers in engineering and product design.

There are lots of ways to make things.   Continue reading

Green Heat

green heat

Need a new heating/cooling system for your home?  Why not consider geothermal?  The air temperature around our home varies greatly.  In the summer it’s very hot and in the winter very cold but if you dig down into the ground 5 feet or so the temperature holds steady at about 50 degrees.  Watch this video to learn how it a geothermal heating and cooling system works…   Continue reading

Northern Flicker Feeding

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We spent the day at my mom’s yesterday and much of that time outside near a tree with a Northern Flicker nest.  Every twenty minutes or so the mama bird would arrive for a feeding to a chorus of squawks.  Each time just one bird was fed.  They must have been taking turns although you couldn’t tell them apart.  One time we did see a second bird pop up, likely trying to jump the cue, and was prompted pecked back down by the first.

Here’s my video of one such feeding.  Unfortunately the human squawking disturbed the audio so I added a little Sound of Music.  Enjoy!

Pine Warbler

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I saw a Pine Warbler yesterday on our way out of the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail.  They eat pine seeds.  Here is a not so great picture.  I tried to get a better one.  He kept making peep sounds and I waited and waited but wasn’t able to spot him again plus I had to catch up to my kids.

See more photos from our Cape Cod National Seashore adventure on Instagram or Facebook.

Yucca

I Spy Yuccas

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Yucca is a fitting name I’ve always thought. Yuccas have never been my favorite plant with their spiked leaves and awkward stalk with milky, droopy, waxy flowers. You know who loves the Yucca though? The Yucca Moth. In fact it is mutual. This moth deliberately transfers pollen from one plant to another and lays an egg in the flower at the same time. The moth larva then eat the seeds (but not all so new plants can grow). What a nice condo complex for these moth babies! Both plant and moth clearly benefit from this symbiotic relationship.

Yucca leaves have a low ignition temperature when dried so you can use them to start a friction fire.

We have been seeing them in bloom all over lately along with lots of Daylilies.

What flowers are you seeing lately?  Please share!