Eugenie Clark is a well known American ichthyologist. Thanks to her research on poisonous fish of the tropical seas and on the behavior of sharks she is also known as The Shark Lady. Her use of scuba-diving for the purpose of research has really pushed our knowledge to new levels.
Quality Home Locator has two properties in the South Shores area of Decatur, IL that are available for rent. One property located at 2630 South Franklin will be available immediately upon the approval of your rental application. The second property located at 1340 West Semor will be available for September or October move in. I would encourage anyone interested in either of these properties to contact my company via the website or phone.
$25 for sea camp (half-day) or survival sea camp (a $60 value). Students help out around the aquarium, and ages 12-18 can shadow animal keepers.
$25 for a discovery adventure tour for two (a $100 value), which includes two to three hours spent feeding and touching a variety of animals.
$50 for an extreme adventure tour for two (a $200 value), which lets individuals view, feed, and interact with creatures such as scorpions, sharks, and tarantulas.
$185 for a three-hour school-learning program for up to 10 kids (a $750 value) that includes behind-the-scenes activities, aquarium exploration, and classroom activities, all in line with state curriculum activities
They always say “third time is a charm” and honestly I think there might be some truth to that. I have tried to plant blueberry bushes twice over the last two years and with very little success. However, I must say that with every attempt I have learned something and it did lead me up to the amazing hedge row of bushes I have now. My first attempt at growing back in 2010 ended in a disaster as I ended up killing all the blueberry bushes. My main flaws were that I had the bushes spaced too far apart and did not have them elevated. It took me killing two batches of bushes before I realized the basics of what I was doing wrong. So this year, I approached it a different way. I tilled the ground of the area where the bushes were to be planted and added both top soil and peat moss. This created a raised area for me to plant the bushes in. I spaced them out about 12-16 inches apart. From left to right I planted a Chippewa, Blue Crop and Duke. That pattern was repeated twice. I finished with mulch around the plants which protects the roots by holding in moisture. Everything is about managing water levels. Planting them elevated helps for water drainage and putting them close together assures the water gets used up. Even with the recent weather my bushes have done very well with tons of new growth. This past week, the first week of July, we have had heat over 100 degrees and on some days as hot as 112!
My poor Asian pear tree has been fried and has lost about 3/4 of her leaves. My Gala apple tree looks tired but he is really starting to open up finally. The Owari Satsuma Mandarin Tree is just loving the heat and has recovered very nicely from winter. I took some new photos of my trees today and included them in my gallery and on this page.
Earlier this year I was lucky enough to be in New York when Andrew Craig Brown performed Don Alfonso in Cosi fan Tutte at Yale. The performance was amazing! English National Opera just officially announced Andrew Craig Brown as Achilla in Julius Caesar. I am so proud of his accomplishments and I’m privileged to have been able to witness his career unfold. Andrew’s website is scheduled for release soon but his bio has been added to the Opus 3 website.
This tree was planted in the spring of 2012 and ordered during fall of 2011. I received him in November with my Owari Satsuma Mandarin tree and he was already going to sleep. My experience with planting trees is limited and so far I’ve had pretty good luck. A couple years ago I started with an Asian pear tree that is in its 2nd year of growth and doing very well. She has weathered a Japaneses beetle attack and the cicada invasion of 2011. I ordered her during the spring so I acclimated her inside before she was planted in the back yard this year. My Gala I ordered during the fall and he stayed inside dormant. I planted him this spring once the weather started to break and other plant life started to come alive. We have had a very odd spring with rain, summer heat, and cold weather all within days of each other. I’m not sure if this is the reason for the trees very slow awakening.
Until this past week, I was not sure if he was dying or just in shock. Perhaps it is a combination of the weather and the fact it was planted dormant. However, with each passing day, he comes more and more alive and my kids are excited. I will more than likely update the photo on this page to a more green living photo when that time comes. As you can see by the photo below the tree is starting to wake up.
My boys are cub scouts in pack 43 here in Mt Zion and right now is rank advancement time. I am proud to announce that Derrick has just earned his Bear badge which includes his whittling chip and at the next pack meeting Connor will earn his Wolf badge!
As part of the celebration the pack invited The Amazing Dudley to the pack meeting and he is truly amazing! I have known Justin Dudley for awhile and I would recommend him for any kid event! He has been entertaining kids in our community for 20 years now.