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DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: What's Flowering: NSW
« Last post by 220 on Today at 04:29:36 AM »
South, not far from Batlow
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DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: What's Flowering: NSW
« Last post by Sydney guy on Today at 03:35:09 AM »
Where are you from 220?

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DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: What's Flowering: NSW
« Last post by 220 on Today at 03:32:49 AM »
Wort, curse, clover and most of the thistles are flowering around here.
Hope to have my first hive set up in about a week, should still be a bit of the above around for a few more weeks. Blackberries haven't started here yet and will continue in patches until Feb/Mar.
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DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: What's Flowering: NSW
« Last post by Sydney guy on Today at 03:23:06 AM »
Tee-Tree

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DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: What's Flowering: NSW
« Last post by Sydney guy on Today at 03:21:03 AM »


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DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: What's Flowering: NSW
« Last post by Sydney guy on Today at 03:19:59 AM »
Tee-Trees are out in flower and bees are all over it. :)

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THE COFFEE HOUSE ((( SOCIAL - ROOM ))) / Re: My new clock
« Last post by herbhome on Today at 01:58:32 AM »
soon you'll  have one for the Donald! :smile:
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FARMING & COUNTRY LIFE / Re: Too dry to shoot?
« Last post by Beeboy01 on December 03, 2016, 11:38:42 PM »
I'm only 10 miles from a county rifle range, 10 bucks will let me shoot reloads all day long so I don't have to worry about setting fire to anything.  Haven't seen any rain for over a month and the girls are into their stores with no bloom anywhere.
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THE COFFEE HOUSE ((( SOCIAL - ROOM ))) / The perfect answer
« Last post by iddee on December 03, 2016, 09:23:28 PM »
The State of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife sends a letter to a home/landowner asking for permission to access a creek on their property to document the decline in a certain species of unheard of frogs.

 
 
The property owners response in the second letter is EPIC.

 
Letter from  Oregon  Dept. of Fish & Wildlife:

 
Dear Landowner:

       
ODFW Staff will be conducting surveys for foothill yellow-legged frogs
& other amphibians over the next few months. As part of this
research we would like to survey the creek on your property. I am writing
this letter to request your permission to access your property.

       
Recent research indicates that foothill yellow-legged frogs have declined
significantly in recent years and are no longer found at half their historic
sites. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated and will help contribute to the conservation of this important species.

       
Please fill out the attached postage-paid postcard and let us know if you
are willing to let us cross your property or not.

       
If you have any concerns about this project please give us a call. We would love to talk with you about our research.

 
Sincerely

Steve Niemela

Conservation Strategy Implementation Biologist

 
RESPONSE FROM LANDOWNERS:

 
Dear Mr. Niemela:

       
Thank you for your inquiry regarding accessing our property to survey for
the yellow-legged frog. We may be able to help you out with this
matter.

       
We have divided our 2.26 acres into 75 equal survey units with a draw tag for each unit. Application fees are only $8.00 per unit after you purchase the ?Frog Survey License? ($120.00 resident / $180.00 Non-Resident). You will also need to obtain a ?Frog Habitat? parking permit ($10.00 per vehicle).

         
You will also need an ?Invasive Species? stamp ($15.00 for the first
vehicle and $5.00 for each add?l vehicle) You will also want to register at
the Check Station to have your vehicle inspected for non-native plant life
prior to entering our property. There is also a Day Use fee, $5.00 per vehicle.

         
If you are successful in the Draw you will be notified two weeks in advance so you can make necessary plans and purchase your ?Creek Habitat? stamp. ($18.00 Resident / $140.00 Non-Resident).

         
Survey units open between 8am and 3pm but you cannot commence survey until 9am and must cease all survey activity by 1pm.

         
Survey Gear can only include a net with a 2″ diameter made of 100% organic cotton netting with no longer than an 18″ handle, non-weighted and no deeper than 6′ from net frame to bottom of net. Handles can only be made of BPA-free plastics or wooden handles.

         
After 1pm you can use a net with a 3″ diameter if you purchase the ?Frog Net Endorsement? ($75.00 Resident / $250 Non-Resident). Any frogs captured that are released will need to be released with an approved release device back into the environment unharmed.

         
As of June 1, we are offering draw tags for our ?Premium Survey? units and application is again only $8.00 per application. However, all fees can be waives if you can verify ?Native Indian Tribal rights and status".

         
You will also need to provide evidence of successful completion of ?Frog
Surveys and You? comprehensive course on frog identification, safe handling practices, and self-defense strategies for frog attacks.

       
This course is offered online through an accredited program for a nominal fee of $750.00.

         
Please let us know if we can be of assistance to you. Otherwise, we decline your access to our property but appreciate your inquiry.

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Sincerely,

Larry & Amanda Anderson.

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