Monday, December 11, 2017

Peregrine Falcon Visits Lodge

The other day we had a young peregrine falcon visit us at Ekun Duts Ke Lodge.
It came down the chimney into the wood heater.  The grandchildren heard a commotion in the heater and went over to check it out. At first they though it was an owl but when we opened the door of the wood heater we saw it was a falcon.  
Next we had to figure out how to get it out and set it free.  I put on gloves and opened the door to reach for the falcon and it quickly flew past me and out into the lodge it went. The granddaughters screamed as it flew by.  It flew upstairs to a window where it stayed until I could go up and there it allowed me to catch it.  All the grandchildren had to pet it before we then took the falcon out to be set free.  
The video below was made by my grandson as we set the falcon free.  It flew off into the big sky, happy to be back in his world.




Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Busy Time

With all the holidays and meetings that take place in October it makes it hard sometimes to get time to make post on what is going on with Dewberry Lands.  Clay County Forestry Planning Committee recently assisted and provided guidance to Randolph County for a tour on the property of their Helene Mosley Award Winner.  My wife and I traveled to Florence, Alabama to the Treasure Forest Annual meeting which was a great success.  We attended the Farmer of the Year Dinner in Valdosta, Georgia and Ag Expo. We then hosted at Ekun Duts Ke Lodge our fourth quarter State Tree Farm committee meeting.  We had a visitor from the Longleaf Alliance, Mr Ad Platt, come and tour part of our property as he works on a brochure for publication on promoting planting longleaf pines. Today we will be attending the Clay County Farmers Federation Farm City Luncheon here in the county.
Somewhere in there I have done road work as we have completed a first thinning of loblolly pines, and started a harvest cut of hardwood to convert to longleaf pines, not to mention all the things that have gone on with family.... Whew!


Below are a few pictures of some of these activities.
Governor Kaye Ivy, was the keynote speaker at the Treasure Forest Annual meeting.

I was selected as the next President of the Alabama Treasure Forest Association.

My wife and I enjoyed the Southeastern Farmer of the Year Dinner inValdosta, Georgia.

State Tree Farm Committee meeting.

After the Tree Farm meeting we gave our guest a tour of our property to see how we are managing our forest. 

The beauty of a young longleaf forest.

Thinning operation on our property.

Road being put in for a harvest cut.



Thursday, October 5, 2017

Protecting The Water

When we are having a timber harvested on our property we do everything possible to control erosion. The limbs and straw removed from the trees as the logs are prepared for loading onto the trucks are scattered on the logging trails.  This mulch here is about eight inches thick.  It will act as a sponge to release the water back into the soil.


Friday, September 22, 2017

Butterflies


The butterflies are loving our flowers.  They are working diligently to get everything completed before the cold weather gets here. 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Busy Time of the Year

It is a busy time of the year with all the road maintenance, food plot preparation, and on top of all the normal work for this time of the year, we are having some pines thinned.  (I will be adding information on thinning later.)  
This summer with all the rain it has made it especially tougher on bush-hogging roads and wildlife openings.  I have seen several deer, fawns and small bucks, slipping around me working.
I am doing something different this year with our cool season wildlife openings because of the rainy pattern we have been in and where forecast say we will continue.  I have planted our seed about a month early but if the rain continues I think they will be OK.
The seed mixture is wheat, clover, peas, and turnips. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Future Forest Producer


Eli, ready to go to work protecting our forest.  He was with us at the Alabama Farmers Federation Commodity Conference this past weekend.  He always says "His Bowden Grove" where our forestland is located.  He already clams it!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Happenings Around on Dewberry Lands

Mattie playing with a lizard.  The lizard knows it is safe in these hands.

Fall bush-hogging.  The wildlife trees planted a few years ago are looking good in the row across the field.

Sun-hemp as a cover crop, it's the best!

James making a picture from Dewberry Lands of the road leading to the sunset.

Eli eating a fish watermelon that we harvested off of Dewberry Lands.

Selah helping taker cuttings of some plants for propagation.

These three helping pot up some wildlife trees to be planted this winter; chestnut, crab apple, and pear.