Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

“Platters to Ponds” and 3 other domestic tips…

Really the only domestic tip in this post is using a serving platter as a temporary pond…

A small young ground-hog. Look at its amazing hands.

A Ground Hog feeding on flower stems. I blamed the deer for eating my gardens for years when it really a ground-hog.

Goodbye toad tadpoles and hello Monarch caterpillars.

Immature American Toad

Platters easily become ponds between family celebrations. Wishing the toads good luck and many moments of happiness in their bug catching adventures.

day 4, Monarch Caterpillar

day 1


9 responses

  1. I knew it would be good when I saw you offering domestic “tips”….

    June 25, 2011 at 9:25 am

    • melissakoski

      (: ha ha right…. I got a good giggle out of that one.

      June 25, 2011 at 10:46 am

  2. those hands are fascinating, wow

    June 25, 2011 at 11:56 am

    • melissakoski

      It was the first time I noticed the hands were so human-like myself!

      June 25, 2011 at 5:33 pm

  3. Amy

    LOVE the hands!! And is that a bracelet we are using to measure the monarch??

    June 25, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    • melissakoski

      Yes! I thought it’d be more fun to use as a scale than just a regular coin. Hooray for Copper Harbor!

      June 25, 2011 at 5:35 pm

  4. TheBlackTwig

    Those monarch caterpillars are way small…

    June 26, 2011 at 12:39 am

    • melissakoski

      It is already growing so much! I forgot they are completely still for hours on end before they molt and was worried about this one while it was still and not eating yesterday. They molt a few times before making a chrysalis. It’s growing quickly now!

      June 26, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      • TheBlackTwig

        I envy you. You could personally witness wonders of nature like this. Keep sharing!

        June 26, 2011 at 10:41 pm


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