One of the best things about Kentucky spring and summer is all of the cute critters and cool bugs that come out to play. I remember spending lots of time outside when I was a kid chasing after them and catching them, most likely against their will, to be my friends.

Have You Noticed Less Critters in Your Neck of the Woods?

We are really lucky to still have them in our neighborhood.  During the summer, there are nights when the frogs and crickets are croaking so loud we have to turn up the volume if we try to watch a movie!

I know a lot of places have seen a decrease in lightning bugs and frogs due to issues like housing and commercial real estate development reducing habitat options, use of pesticides, and over-scaping yard trends interrupting typical life cycles.

If you're a nature lover, I have a really good idea for you! It will help attract more frog friends to your outdoor space. They'll also pitch in and help control mosquitoes, flies, and other insects.

How to Build a Frog Hotel

I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it was so fun! A great idea if you have kiddos too. Here is what you need:

-small pebbles or rocks

-PVC pipes either all the same width or in a couple of different sizes

- 45 degree angle PVC pipe "elbows" for the tops of the pipes

-A pot without a drainage hole (or you can fill in the hole if you find a pot you like that has one at the bottom.)

-You could also incorporate a water plant or two, a small fountain, or a solar light to attract food for them. Gotta have "room service!"

Here is a great tutorial for putting it all together:

This is perfect for Kentucky gardens because of the high summer humidity. After rains especially, you will notice frogs "checking in" to their rooms in these fancy-schmancy hotels.

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Pareidolia refers to the ability to see recognizable shapes, often faces, in random objects. Take a look at the photos below and see if you can identify any faces or shapes. Some are easy to spot, while others might be more challenging.

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