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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December 6, 2014: I am loving college, but I have to admit, I’m overwhelmed.

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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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Protecting Habitats

The No-Play Zone: This month, I wanted to talk about protecting the habitat of Imaginaries, since it is about the most important thing we all can do to help.

It’s not just the Imaginaries who are threatened by destruction of habitats. Endangered and rare species, and even common species, suffer when the places that they live are destroyed through pollution, mistreatment, or to make room for development.

Like all other wild creatures, Imaginaries need to be able to find food and shelter, and have places to raise their young.

The best way to protect Imaginaries is to protect the places where they live. This is something you can help with in your own community. Here are a few ideas.

If you know or suspect that an Imaginary is living near your house, there are many things you can do to help defend that area. You can enlist the help of your friends to declare that habitat a no-play zone. During breeding season, you and your friends can post guards to keep casual interlopers out. And you can keep the real reason for protecting this habitat a secret, so that curiosity-seekers don’t go tromping around your protected habitat looking for that Imaginary.

If an Imaginary’s habitat is under threat by developers, you can support a group to protest the development. You can contact Iranigami, and we’ll help you with that.

One of the most useful things you can do in that way is to identify a co-endangered species living in the same range as the Imaginary. Did you ever wonder how the California condors got their own sanctuary? That effort was supported, in part, by the work of Iranigami agents and sympathizers. Our purpose was to protect the habitat of the only known pair of whintossers (Cephalovertens semperambulatus) in North America. When we learned that endangered California condors lived in the same range as the whintossers, Iranigami threw its support into creation of the condor preserve. In this way, we were able to help both the condors and the whintossers.

As you find other ways to help protect Imaginary habitats, please let us know here at the website. Everything you can do to help is appreciated. - BUG, Field Agent, Iranigami


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