Last week I was covering the new sea lion pup Sequoia who is 3 months old and getting to know her way around her giant new home at the Milwaukee County Zo0. If you have seen the show before, it is worth going back to see the new pup when she is still young. Your heart will melt when you see her interact with the other sea lions as she learns to build confidence and trust. Thanks to Shelley and her great team at Oceans of Fun.
Shows are offered to Milwaukee County Zoo visitors through most of the year. Shows are seasonal and weather dependent.
For show schedule, please call 414-771-3040.
Cost: $2.00 per person (under age 2 free of charge)
Tickets may be purchased outside of the Oceans of Fun Theatre
Schedule: 10:30, Noon, 1:30, 3:00 daily
WATCH: Check out what the new pup did on LIVE TV
Eco-friendly Control of Thrips
Poorly developed flowers, stunted plants and silvery streaks on leaves are indications thrips may be feeding on your plants.
These tiny insects have file-like mouthparts they use to puncture the outer surface of leaves, stems and flowers and suck out plant sap. They are very small and difficult to detect. Hold a white piece of paper under the plant and shake. Or remove the petals of damaged flowers, place in a sealed jar with 70% alcohol and shake the jar to dislodge and detect the pests.
Control is difficult and often not needed as the damage is discovered after the thrips have finished feeding.
Provide the proper growing conditions and care for your plants. Avoid excess nitrogen that promotes lush succulent growth these pests prefer. And remove spent flowers that tend to harbor the insects. Manage weeds in the garden and keep thrip-susceptible plants away from weedy areas where the pest populations tend to be high.
A bit more information: Beneficial insects like predatory thrips, green lacewings, minute pirate bugs and some parasitic wasps feed upon plant damaging thrips. Invite these good bugs into the garden by planting a diversity of plants and avoiding persistent pesticides. Visit the University of California IPM online for more details on this pest.
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If you ever get a chance to see Milwaukee from the water...do it! I don't know what it is about the water but everything looks beautiful when you're on the water. I took these over the weekend and just looking at them calms me. We have a beautiful city enjoy it and enjoy what's left of summer:)