EAGLE WATCH 2017 (and more)
**Photos courtesy of Dorothy Mears
This year's trip to Blackwater Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, MD, took place on Thursday, January 19, 2017, after rescheduling due to weather. The following pictures show a nesting pair of eagles at the refuge and a pair sitting on an irrigation pipe outside of Laurel, DE. The straw bails are part of marsh control--they are put on posts to help the marsh develop. The pdf file was composed by photographer, Dorothy Mears, of birds she finds in her backyard--WOW.
Eagle Watch 2016
Since last year's Eagle Watch was so successful the club again decided to visit Blackwater National
Wildlife Refuge again on February 22, 2016. After several cancellations, due to weather, a group made it to the Refuge and and found it quite rewarding. This year in addition to the expected wildlife we were treated to some pelicans. Unfortunately the Eagles nesting where the Eagle Cam is focused abandoned the nest. It's possible the Eagles could return to lay more eggs but it is very unlikely.
Eagle Watch 2015
Members of the S&T Garden Club ventured to Cambridge, MD, to visit the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge to observe wildlife. Tuesday, January 20th, provided a rare day filled with clear skies and lots of sunshine. As reported by our guide Zeeger deWilde (a S&T Garden Club Member and official wildlife guide at Blackwater) there are more eagles at Blackwater than reported in any recent years.
The club also observed many eagles (some nesting), vultures, a great blue heron, snow geese, tundra swans and a variety of ducks. The visitors center provided a perfect viewing spot and also provides many specimens of wildlife found at the Refuge. Following the visit and tour the members enjoyed a lunch at a nearby restaurant.
Lavendar Fields, Delaware (October 21, 2014)
Several members of The Spade & Trowel Club visited "Lavendar Fields" located off of Route 9 outside of Lewes, DE. While there they enjoyed a tour of the establishment, received an educational overview and enjoyed a box lunch.
June 3, 2014 - Spade & Trowel Garden Club Picnic at Trapp Pond State Park
Complete with a pontoon ride on the lake. (Thank you Betty Grossmann and Carol Kinsley for the photos.)
Club awards were given by president, Nancy Hickman--25 people received perfect attendance awards--Sandi Dew, most horticulture points--Margaret Alexander, most monthly entries in design.
Delaware Federation of Garden Club Meeting - April 16, 2014
Topic: Sustainable Gardens
Guest Speaker: Julia Clevett
Topic: Floral Design
Many guests were in attendance at this meeting along with 20 members of "The Spade & Trowel Garden Club."
Plants were blooming and business was booming!.
The club had two sales tables with plants, books, containers and garden accessories.
Garden club members from all over the state were interested in our wares.
Julia Clevett, originally from the United Kingdom, was the speaker, and kept the audience entertained as she demonstrated creation of several designs. Coming to us from Virginia via New Jersey, Julia is a NGC Design Instructor, a Master Flower Show Judge, and a former President of The Garden Club of New Jersey.
October 22, 2013 - Trip to Ladew Topiary Gardens
January 21, 2014
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Maryland
Topic: Eagle Watch and Nest Counting
Leader: Zeeger deWilde, Club Member and Volunteer at BNWF.