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Is it necessary to have these neat growing contraptions?

This is a discussion on Is it necessary to have these neat growing contraptions? within the Semi Hydro / Lights / Greenhouses / Accessories forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Where my parents live in the White Mountain Foothills, there is a nesting spot for ...

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    Where my parents live in the White Mountain Foothills, there is a nesting spot for some very rare hawks (I think they are hawks)... last summer when we were visiting, some people started walking up their driveway - they asked if we minded if they had a look at them. That they heard this was one of the only places they are found... it was neat.... They have always been there - guess I should find out what they are and enjoy them being there too :c)

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    Scotland noless... *jealous*
    My name is popular in Scotland lol - it's Kirstie :c)
    I am a stay at home mom and I am completely free to go any weekday after I drop my daughter off at school.... I'd love to sometime... does the greenhouse have a website?
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    Oh yeah, definitely find out what the hawks are - or you'll drive Diane, Jenn and Gin crazy (er)! Where do your folks live?

    The greenhouse Website is here: http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...ead.php?t=4118

    Ok, ATester - when are you free to play?

    Julie

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    I think these may be them...

    http://dep.state.ct.us/burnatr/Wildlife/pdf/cwnd01.pdf

    They live under Rattlesnake Mountain in Rumney. Rock climbers from all over the world climb in their backyard. When I was young, my brouther and I actually ran across a rattlesnake...

    I found the reference by doing a page search - since there seem to be like 20 pages there :c) I did a Rattlesnake Mountain page search...

    Diane... Oh, Diane..... I want to see more bald eagles. I'm thinking of camping at Lake Umbagog this summer? :c) More moose would make me happy too...

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    Interesting. Sharp Shinned Hawks are very common in the western US. There is a pair that nests near my home. They must have become endangered in your area because of loss of habitat. They need a fairly large territory in which to hunt. The are lovely, small hawks, very efficient at controlling small vermin and also hunt smaller birds (which classifies them as accipiters). They look very similar to Cooper's Hawks, and are often mistaken for them, but Coopers are about 20 - 22 inches tall, while Sharp Shinned are in the 10 - 15 inch range.

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    I actually dont know what they were coming to see. They just said they are very rare and are nesting on the mountain cliff.... it could have been something different... they HAD to be semi expert bird watchers to ask to come into your yard to watch the birds hehehe :c)

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    Ok, ATester - when are you free to play?

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    I should be getting the schedule from the new job soon, I'll keep you posted. Since I will be working at least one weekend day, I should get a week day off (afterall, the green industry's "Christmas" period is coming up soon...I'm looking forward to it).

    Tikva--

    Have you ever done hiking on the Cohos Trail? Supposedly there is a good population of hawks and eagles waaayyyyyyyyyy up north. It's ear the Connecticut Lakes region. I'm planning on doing some longer term hiking up there for the first time this summer (and for you orchidholics, its also prime territory for some of our non cypripedium species. Bogs, fens and meadows and nice shady woodland areas....even sub-alpine terrain.

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    Aaron, what do you do? You work with plants?
    My husband is a crazy backpacker who likes to spend a good long weekend out hiking with any pal he can find... we have also done Geocacheing - where you use your GPS unit to find coordinates and then look around for a neat place someone would hide a container or box and inside are cool junk little treasures. You exchange one you want for something you find interesting, sign a log book and log it in the net page too.... it's cool.
    I would love to get into hiking but I need my kids to be more active first or to leave them with my parents more hehehe
    We camp up at Coleman State Park... I enjoy listening to and watching the loons that reside at the lake there.... But eagles are a rare commodity :c)
    I'll look into the trail and area you talked about! I'd love to see orchids in the wild too...

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    Hey, hey...me too! I've got new knees and they haven't been hiking yet! Seems a waste not to give them the experience. I love birds, wild chids and GPS...

    Can I come. Please, please?

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    Default Hiking and wild chids

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    Hey, hey...me too! I've got new knees and they haven't been hiking yet! Seems a waste not to give them the experience. I love birds, wild chids and GPS...

    Can I come. Please, please?

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    Of course you can!! Actually, in between working at the GH I plan on "surveying" a couple locations for their wild orchid populations. I was originally interested in Dole's Marsh in Nottingham, but I think I may hold off on that one until I have kayaked around the sphagnum mat (it is referred to as a "moat bog" since the sphagnum growth forms a kind of island in the middle of the marsh) and I can check out how stable it is.
    When I lived in Virginia I used to go to Dolly Sods in the Monongahela National Forest. It was pretty cool to be able to walk out on top of a cranberry bog...but you have to be careful out there since they used the area as a training ground and there are unexploded ordinances that have occasionally been set off by unwarey hikers. But in Barrington/Strafford there is Blue Job mountain and then another slightly higher peak. I have had friends who have hiked through there and they have mentioned the substantial populations of Cyp. acuale. Theres also a marshy wetland in the saddle between the peakes and that may also have some good orchid holding area for the ones who don't mind wet feet. So if anyone nearby would like, you are welcome to come along.

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