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Query: When I was in Death Valley earlier this year, I saw some enormous 750-pound rocks that appear to travel across the desert on their own. I remembered your article about rock tortoises, and wondered if that’s what these rocks could be?

Corn of Plenty (Part 4 of 4): A Field Guide by Dr. Midas Welby

Corns of the Air: Air-corns utilize their horns for jousting, playing tic-tac-toe, and spearing food in mid-flight. Air-corns often lurk undetected in trees, wood piles, and rain gutters. When bored, they use their horns to ring the doorbells of unsuspecting humans. When the door begins to open, the air-corn flies away.


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Greetings from the Double Helix Ranch, site of the Iranigami Preserve, here in the great Southwest!

Annual Scat Count: I just completed my annual scat count, and things are looking good. I've said it before, and I'll say it again. If you want to identify your Imaginaries, know your scat. Someday I should write a book about scat. Nobody learns about scat any more these days, and it's important stuff.

A very exciting development here at the Preserve is that I found scat from a jackalope! The last positive sighting of a jackalope was in Wyoming in 2001, and I myself haven't seen a jackalope in these parts in over forty years, but I'd know his scat anywhere - spiral-shaped, pale green, the texture of a gummy bear (see photo). Now that we know they're still out there, keep an eye out for jackalope scat. They could be making a comeback.

I found scat from fourteen species of Imaginaries currently known to be living at the preserve. Of special note - The dragons appear to be breeding up, and our lone billdad, brought to us from the north woods four years ago when his home pond dried up, has moved upriver from his release point on the preserve and taken over an abandoned beaver dam. Either that, or he drove the beavers out. In my observation, the billdad does NOT co-exist peacefully with other creatures. Make a note, billdad fans. A good way to find a billdad might be to look for fleeing beavers.

The good news for all you fans of Mirage is that I found fresh unicorn scat down by the spring in the forest this week, so the old girl did indeed make it through another winter. I was encouraged to see that her scat was well-formed and solid. The scat showed signs that she'd found the hay and apples I put out for her, so now we know that unicorns eat alfalfa. When you find scat, always break it open to evaluate the diet and general health of the creature. And don't forget to bring along tweezers and some rubber gloves to do the job properly.

For you fans of Black Dog, I must report that he's gone walkabout again. I heard from Marion, a waitress at the Crackerjack Cafe, that he was sighted last month outside the Boondoggle Saloon, and turned up again at a wedding in Lonely last Saturday. Clearly, he's on a mission, but I'm certain that he'll come back to the preserve when he's ready. When he chooses to return, his bowl of water and a dog biscuit are waiting for him on the back porch.

For all you agents and supporters of Iranigami, keep up the good work. Learn to know your scat, pocket your candy wrappers, and always carry string cheese, because you just never know what you're going to find out there! - NONNY, Keeper of the Preserve and Iranigami sympathizer


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