This Time of the Year- May

This day in 1987

Anyone remember $55/cord firewood? Or the Montana Cultural Exchange? As it turns out, there are still programs of that sort out there. The easiest to find was a wrestling exchange with Germany. Bomb threats in the Yaak? If our 1987 coverage is anything to go by, things were pretty conflict heavy in the school district that year. Also- fireman’s ball? It’s certainly been a while since we’ve had one, though there was some discussion of reviving the practice at annual meetings for both the hall and the fire department.

Lilacs Blooming? Time to plant Beans (among other things)

I’ve noticed the lilacs beginning to bloom in Eureka, and remembered that the blooming time of lilacs corresponds to the planting time for some crops. They are an “indicator” species, as it were. The study of when plants bloom and other seasonal events (such as migration) is phenology. It can be used by observant gardeners to determine when to plant, even across different regions. Lilacs bloom at the same number of growing days, even when they do so at different dates. Beans, cucumbers, and squash should be safe to plant when the lilacs are in full bloom. The timing…

Around the Pond

New on the game cam this week is a badger.  The badger tends to be transitory with few Columbia grounds squirrels residing in the field to become dinner. The geese are being geese. The goslings are growing and hiking along the pond’s edge.  The turkeys are being camera shy.  The deer look like they need a good combing.-Patches


True to schedule, the mayflies have returned. Of course, the mayflies didn’t wait for May proper… they’ve been with us for the past month at least. Here’s the shed skin of one I watched emerging this past week. Note the three tail filaments – this is how you can tell it is a mayfly skin. Our pond tends to have the smaller species of mayflies in good abundance – primarily genus Callibaetis. Here are some higher-quality photographs of other mayfly nymphs, so you can get a sense of the variety. All mayflies belong to Order “Ephemeroptera”, which is Greek…

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