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 Posted: Sun Apr 15th, 2018 11:25 pm
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Tom Nordin
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It's 4/15/2018 -


Okay, another chance.  I will pay your way for a year at AFCA if you can accurately answer this...
The BIG blizzard - right?  I yiy-yiy.

Only for non-members (no spoilage, boys & girls, although I'm not so sure you old-timers would get this anyway).

What creates this pattern in the pond out back?  Exact answer wins a free year, within the next week.  PM me with an answer.  Back to Biology class...




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 Posted: Sun Apr 15th, 2018 11:51 pm
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P.S. - I now have a verifying soul that I've provided the answer with - Lane.   :D   :up:

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 Posted: Mon Apr 16th, 2018 12:09 am
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Freezing and melting lol. Tom you need more difficult questions.

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 Posted: Mon Apr 16th, 2018 12:15 am
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Jamie Williams wrote: Freezing and melting lol. Tom you need more difficult questions.
Cmon Jamie!   :cool:

Hint: it is an animal

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 Posted: Mon Apr 16th, 2018 01:02 am
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Have to say fish

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 Posted: Mon Apr 16th, 2018 01:17 am
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Matthew Albach wrote: Have to say fish

Negative, brother   :D

It is a mammal. My tiny little pond freezes to the bottom every Winter...

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 Posted: Mon Apr 16th, 2018 04:04 am
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I'm not eligible to win he prize, so I can throw out whatever kind if responses I want.

I say Durbin.

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 Posted: Mon Apr 16th, 2018 05:17 am
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Tom Nordin wrote: Matthew Albach wrote: Have to say fish

Negative, brother   :D

It is a mammal. My tiny little pond freezes to the bottom every Winter...

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 Posted: Tue Apr 17th, 2018 12:35 am
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Mirin?

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 Posted: Tue Apr 17th, 2018 12:35 am
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Thanks for the clue Jeff.

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 Posted: Tue Apr 17th, 2018 03:28 am
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The neighborhood dog!

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 Posted: Tue Apr 17th, 2018 04:11 pm
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Brad Hughes wrote: The neighborhood dog!

Heh.  Maybe ours...




Naw.  Another hint: their entrance to the pond is under the water (under the water line), and they have an alternate escape route on-shore near their underground nest.  They gather cattail and other aquatic roots for food & nesting - a really great benefit to keeping cattail growth at bay.

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 Posted: Wed Apr 18th, 2018 01:39 am
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Muskrats....everybody knows that

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 Posted: Wed Apr 18th, 2018 11:10 am
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A whole lotta' guesses since those last clues!  The two main guesses are Beavers or Muskrats.

Mark Hughes - sent me this  - heh.

Neither.  Beavers don't burrow into the ground to make their lodge:



Nor do Muskrats, at least not that I'm aware of.  Typical Minnesota Muskrat at his lodge:



So very close.  Okay, last hints: They look a whole lot like a 1/4 size muskrat, so much so that you might swear it is, but it's not.  Also, I've tripped over their hidden escape hole in my back yard...  :D

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 Posted: Wed Apr 18th, 2018 12:13 pm
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The Least Weasel
Everybody knows that

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 Posted: Wed Apr 18th, 2018 12:45 pm
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Moles?

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 Posted: Thu Apr 19th, 2018 12:34 pm
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Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner!   :clap:

Six different guests competed heavily, a few with many multiple guesses.  And of course member responses - ha!  Lot's of fun, you goof balls...   :D

We've had these furry faced little varmints in the pond for a few years now.  The first few years I could tell they were out there because of the tiny wake they would make when cruising along under the water, yet they never came up long enough to even catch a glimpse of them.  Couple years ago when the water got low we could see their paths they created in the ground under the water level, which pointed to one spot they always returned to - a small hole inside the shoreline of a small hill next to the pond.  Last year when the pond got low they finally came out into visibility.  I swore they were Muskrats, except they were just too small, and their lodge/nest was not visible.  Took me months of on & off searching the web to finally determine what they were:

North American Water Vole - a protected species:



Not to be confused with the European Water Vole.  Here's a look at their nest habitat:



And with that, the winner is: William Lashley, whose third guess was "Voles" - close enough in my book!  Nice job William!  William, I'll be connecting with Dick and Sue Boswell shortly in order to set you up with your free year full subscription here at AFCA - congrats!

Thanks for playing along, everybody.  Great comradery and fun here would be an understatement!

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 Posted: Fri Apr 20th, 2018 12:30 am
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Voles huh.  OK, but they don't have a song ...



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 Posted: Fri Apr 20th, 2018 12:51 am
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Very Nice!!:clap::clap::clap:

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 Posted: Fri Apr 20th, 2018 02:12 am
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OK, I got the cure for that right here. This is the Greater Hawaiian Gopher Dog. He should be effective against that cousin Vole.But, you say, there aren't any Gophers in Hawaii.

Exactly!
Cheers,
Bill

003 by William Dunlap, on Flickr

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