Walking Rocks?

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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Pine Cone Feeders

A Present For Imaginaries: When winter comes, I get concerned about providing extra shelter from the elements for Imaginaries. Recently, I read about people who build wildlife brush shelters out of branches and plants in their yards, and thought this was a great idea.

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Plaster Casts

Preserving the Tracks of Imaginaries: If you find the track of an Imaginary, taking a plaster cast is a very good way to preserve the track for study. Here’s how to do it.

You’ll need - Plaster of Paris, water, a mixing container, a mixing stick, a cardboard strip, and a paperclip

1) First, take a photo of the track.

2) Then, without disturbing the track, clear away any debris around the casting site.

3) Circle the track with the cardboard strip, joining the ends together with the paper clip. Press the cardboard ring into the ground so that the plaster won’t run out.

4) Mix two parts plaster of Paris with one part water in the mixing container, and stir for 3-5 minutes until the lumps are gone. The mixture should be about the consistency of pancake batter.

5) Immediately pour the mixture onto the ground inside the mold but to one side of the track, allowing the plaster to flood the space. If the track has claws, start the pour on the claw end of the mold.

6) Let the plaster dry – ½ hour to 1 hour – and carefully lift the mold with both hands from underneath.

7) Allow the plaster to air-dry for a day or two, and then gently clean any dirt from the cast with a soft brush or under running water.

8) Write up a description of the location and date where you found the track, and keep it with the cast.

9) Take a photo of the cast and forward it to, together with your collection data, for our archives. If we need to see the cast itself, an agent will contact you directly.

. - THE NOSE, Journeyman Field Agent, Iranigami


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