Marilyn is back in Winnipeg, and all is well with the world. The news of the peregrine raptor that bears my name comes from Tim Driscoll.
He’s the Grand Forks expert on raptors. And when four were born here three years ago, he named one of them Marilyn. The others were named after local bird expert David Lambeth, the late Olympic athlete Cliff Cushman and heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali.
Marilyn was among the chicks of Terminator, long time matriarch of Grand Forks.
Now Marilyn the Peregrine has been going back north to the Winnipeg area. And for the second year, she has produced chicks! I guess there was no need for me to worry so about her during the winter.
I did worry. She never writes. She never calls. But I figure she came back north on the Minnesota flyway above Thief River Falls. Then on over Middle River and into Canada. Knowing Marilyn, she wouldn’t be likely to stop until she finds refuge in Manitoba. Last year, it was reported she produced two. This year, it may have been four – although she didn’t send any birth announcements.
She reportedly lives in the outskirts of Winnipeg. She has a mate called Sundance
The dictionary on my desk defines raptor as a bird of prey.
The way I figure it is that Marilyn flew over the Honker Flats Greenhouse on her way back to the Winnipeg area.
During a visit there last week, Lew and Tammy Wallace showed all the corners of their greenhouse. It is operated with their son Marcus. Wallace started it as a 4-H project. That was 43 years ago.
Now their Honker Flats greenhouses are open to the public during the week and by appointment on Sunday. Over the years they have created their own Strawberry Weekend. It’s a kick off to June as Dairy Month – which is important to Wallace with his lifetime of 4-H connections.
After selling the dairy cows in 2005, the Wallace family began to focus on the Minnesota Gladiolus Society.
These days, the greenhouse is alive. The geese have flown over to their summer home in Canada.
May and June are most lively at Honker Flats. Summer moves on. Watermelon show up in the fall.
In February and March, there is time to go ice fishing.