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Condition Monitoring Report  
Station Number: ID-BK-27
Station Name: Inkom 5.5 N
Report Date: 4/21/2024
Submitted: 4/21/2024 7:14 AM
Scale Bar: Near Normal
Agriculture:  We're still having some snow melt in the fields, and have seen some soil loss (nothing like last year).  Our moisture is exactly equal to the 25 year uncalibrated average, so hopefully we'll have a good crop year.  The neighbor farmers use no-till practices, so the moisture is retained better, as well as the soil.
Fire:  Risk is rising, of course, as we dry out.
Plants/wildlife:  New animal this week is frogs!  We have frogs in our back pond.  The pond is temporary (used to be "permanent," back in better moisture days ~ 22 years ago).  It dries up fairly quickly, so we haven't had frogs in quite a while.  Frogs are a very welcome sound!  Here's the list of birds so far this spring:
Birds as of April 21, 2024

American Crow
Black-billed Magpie
Common Raven
Red-winged Blackbird
Bullock’s Oriole
American Robin
Black-capped Chickadee
Pine Grosbeak (maybe)
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Sandhill Crane
Wild Turkey
Great horned owl
Turkey Vulture (maybe)
Western Meadowlark
Mallard Duck
Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Red-tailed Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Ring-necked Pheasant
Song Sparrow
Bald eagle
Pine Siskin
Hairy Woodpecker
Gray Partridge
Mountain Bluebird

The bug list includes lotus butts (stink bugs, although they  smell a little more vinegar than stink),ladybugs, carpet beetles, oat bugs, flies, paper wasps, moths, earth worms, hobo spiders)
Water: We have good average snowmelt (still flooding at the Portneuf River, which all of our creeks feed).
Categories: General Awareness
Plants & Wildlife
Water Supply & Quality