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A great visit to Oatland Island Wildlife Center of Savannah

A few weeks before our trip to Savannah, Georgia, I was looking through the things to do and came across the Oatland Island Wildlife Center. Sadly, when I went to their website, I learned that hurricane Mathew had been very mean to them. Many habitats were damaged. Thankfully, these were the animals day areas, and their nighttime digs were safe, as were all the animals.

Lucky for us, they opened the day after Christmas, with only the wolf exhibit being off limits. So, off we went!

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Many of these animals cannot be returned to the wild, for one reason or another.

Many of the birds cannot fly. On the cages, they have signs that inform you that birds that cannot fly like the security of the small space.

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It was almost low tide here, the water was slowly getting lower, exposing the oysters.

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Hey look! It’s BOB!

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Bob-Cat!

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Hello, hello, hello. Is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me. Is there any one at home?

The red fox was supposed to be in here. Maybe in the little house.

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WHO!

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Thee were two bald eagles in here. There was a long tree trunk that went from the ground to this high roost.

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Bison bison.

© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

Real Snow

Breck loves snowballs!!

Although we had our first little frosting last November 19, we had some real snow yesterday! It was still snowing while I was writing this! I hope you’re enjoying these photos, Scifihammy!!

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It was fun watching the birds land on this and spin… Not so ‘Wheee’.


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The Local Watering Hole

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Whiskey Old Fashion & A Moscow Mule W/Apple Cider… very awesome winter twist on a summer fav!
The usual drinks, just local this time and enjoying Blackhawks hockey.
We’re done camping for the season. However, we have decided to cruise down to Savannah, Georgia for Christmas! We’ve picked a great Campground right outside of town.
Have any of you been there before? I’d love to hear of any ‘non miss-able events’ if you have any.
We did buy the audio version of ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil’ for our ride down there.


© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

Over The Vines – Season Over Party

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We’re out camping in Milton, Wisconsin and enjoying this awesome day Mother Nature dealt up for us! We were out looking for wineries, as usual, and happened upon ‘Over the Vines‘, which turns out is really not a tasting winery, but an event location for weddings and corporate parties.
As we looked at our phones, wondering if we should be here or not, we heard, “Hey, are you here to party?!?” We said, “Sure!”
They were having their ‘Drink it or it Gets Dumped’ last party of the year.
We just happened to come at the right time. They invited us in like family!
We loved this place. The owners told us how they made their wine and how their biz came to be. We had such a great time having fun with all the other guests!
We would certainly consider this place a great place to plan an event.


© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

Plant Kaleidoscope ~ Take III

This is our third trip to the Nicholas Conservancy & Gardens, where we always seek out the plant kaleidoscope! See past visits here and here =-)

I’m so making one of these!! With all the craziness that’s going on in my brain including menopause, mental illness, needing to change careers… I can’t forget about my hubby’s needs also. He has been without a studio to do his artwork in for years. He tends to do large sculpture projects and needs space. We have the room, just need to remove all the crap from the room. Once that is done this winter, I hope to be able to use it to build one of these for my yard. Mine will be ‘junk art’ and will utilize things I can find at the junkyard/antique shops. I sometimes don’t understand how something so simple can give me such entertainment!!

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Rainbow Lorikeets ~ Trichoglossus haematodus

We recently visited the Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens in Rockford, and there was a Lorikeet Exhibit going on. They love sparkly objects and are so playful! I have always wanted a bird, however they are a lot harder to care for than dogs. We were each offered a cup of nectar to entice them out of the trees. Due to bad timing on our part, we entered the exhibit right after a large group of unruly children. These birds are very intelligent…. Would you land on a person that is waving their arms, yelling at you to, “Come here bird, come HERE!!!”?? Of course not. Hubby and I hunkered down in a corner, away from the chitlins and all the birds came to us quite quickly… Sadly, so did the chitlins. After one child nearly knocked me over, dumping her nectar all over my jacket. I told her loudly to say excuse me when you bump into people. Are manners even being taught now-a-days? Mom didn’t do a thing. Huff!!!

These parrots are from Australia. They are commonly found in the eastern shoreline stretching from Queensland to South Australia and northwest Tasmania. They are also found in eastern Indonesia (Maluku and Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Rainbow Lorikeets usually live in rainforests, coastal bushes and woodland forests.

The rainbow lorikeet is a medium-sized parrot, with the length ranging from 10-12 inches (25-30 cm).

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Unlike other parrots, Lorikeets in the wild eat mainly nectar and flower pollen. Lorikeet’s tongues have uniquely adapted “brushes” on the tips to help them harvest these foods from the plants in their environment.

Like all parrots, Rainbow Lorikeets love to play and need to be provided with plenty of toys to keep their minds and beaks busy (or you’ll be sorry!!)! They are avid chewers, so many Lorikeet owners suggest stocking up on “destructible” toys made of safe woods.

Rainbow Lorikeets are very intelligent birds, and can be easily “potty trained” if an owner so chooses.

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Rainbow lorikeets are monogamous and pair for life. It’s possible to tell the sexes apart from their actions and, in general, the males have a larger orange patch.

Many fruit orchard owners consider them a pest, as they often fly in groups and strip trees containing fresh fruit. In urban areas, the birds create nuisance noise and foul outdoor areas and vehicles with droppings.

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This guy noticed the bling on my phone and I though he was going to attack it!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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