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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No Cause For Alarm

September 19, 2012: I didn’t mean to alarm any of you with my blog about bogs and murks (August 19) or the enemies of Iranigami (July 18). None of you are in immediate danger of being chased by pirates or assassins. The greatest danger that you are likely to encounter as a non-agent would be to disturb a slumbering gumbaroo, or to get in the way of a rock-slide bolter.

In that vein, several of you have written and told me you’ve started looking for Imaginaries in your area. We applaud your efforts, but please remember always to exercise caution when investigating in the wilder places where an Imaginary might live. The Imaginaries are NOT tame pets, nor are they cute and cuddly, like imaginary animals in cartoons. As with wild creatures everywhere, there are those that are harmless to humans, and those that can be dangerous.

You are in no more danger from an Imaginary than you would be if you encountered a sleeping bear in the woods. If you take the same precautions that you would in bear country, your explorations into Imaginary habitats should be incident-free.

An article was posted at this website in April about safety (see Archives, You Can Help, Tips for Exploring Outdoors). Let me pass along some additional tips to you from my field agent days.

If you bring a camera, turn off the flash so that you don’t startle your subjects.

Bring a notebook and pencil for notes; tweezers and disposable gloves to examine scat; collecting bags; and that ever-important accessory, a Swiss army knife.

If you’re dragon-tracking, don’t forget the string cheese.

Finally, remember to leave the candy at home, and never, ever spit out your gum in the wilderness. I got into a lot of trouble over that last one, and still have the singe-marks on my left ankle to prove it. - XAX, 236th Keeper of Iranigami


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