Orchid Sightings - Last summer during August, more than 30 orchids were seen along the edges of the fairways that are now part of the Disc Golf Course in Country Club Park. Orchids were found near Disc Golf Holes 1, 3, 10, 15 and 18, around groups of trees on the site of the proposed multipurpose field, and along Country Club Road between the cross walks. The orchids were … [Read more...] about Around Our Grounds: Orchids, Monarchs, and More
As an orange butterfly flits by, can you tell if it is a monarch? The perfect wings of a recently emerged butterfly will later be faded and worn. butterfly male and female species will be strikingly different. The time of the year can actually change a butterfly’s looks and size. How can you know? Monarchs stopping in our community are known to be on the southern … [Read more...] about Around Our Grounds: Identifying & Preserving Monarchs and Milkweed
One of the main benefits of living out in nature is getting to see lots of beautiful native wildlife. However, we tend to pick and choose which of these creatures we like and which we consider pests. Too often, snakes fall into the latter category when they actually do more to control pests than become nuisances themselves. Many snakes consume a large number of rodents and … [Read more...] about OMG! A Snake!
“OUR” SWANS The snow, ice, and sub-freezing temperatures during the first week of March might have made it seem like winter would never end, but the arrival of Tundra Swans (Cygnus columbianus) on our lake told us spring was not far away. The Tundra Swan is smaller, but more populous than its cousin, the Trumpeter Swan. They spend winters on coastal estuaries, inlets, and bays … [Read more...] about The Swans Come Back to Lake Holiday
OUR HIKING TRAILS - A Community Treasure Among the treasures of our common area are the hiking trails. Many people find it refreshing to spend time close to nature, and in Lake Holiday this opportunity is abundant. Over the years, members of the Buildings & Grounds Committee have spent time working to maintain these treasured trails. Recently, trail signs that are … [Read more...] about Our Hiking Trails at Lake Holiday