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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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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Help Us Protect The Silkies!

October 6, 2012: Recent silkie sightings have energized Iranigami agents on both sides of the North Atlantic.

The continued survival of this species is under severe threat. Between overfishing of the oceans, climate change, pollution (see You Can Help) and the difficulties of navigating the complexities of human societies today, even for those born into it, we fear that silkies may be among the most endangered of the Imaginaries that we know.

As Gwyneach writes in Annals of Iranigami, the myths about silkies far outweigh what we actually know about them. What we do know is that silkies are gentle and peace-loving, and that they do not thrive well in human form, but must return to the sea in order to survive.

There are two silkies among us now who need our support, and we ask all of you to keep your eyes – and your ears! – open for them. Check our tips for recognizing a silkie under Have You Seen, and if you find one or both of these Imaginaries, please let us know right away.

In the meantime, we are doing what we can here at Iranigami. The pelts noted under Sightings are now under the protection of an agent, who will try to keep them out of the hands of any bogs or murks (or what some people call “pirates”) who might attempt to exploit these landed silkies. We have “listeners” – agents equipped with devices that allow them to identify when communications are taking place above or below human hearing – patrolling those places that a silkie might go, like fish markets and sushi restaurants.

We have also identified a number of combs likely to appeal to a silkie (see Field Notes) in antique stores and museums, and are watching those areas. It’s possible that the enemies of Iranigami may be planting combs as lures to entice the silkies into their clutches. As we locate new comb sources, we are doing our best to make sure that the hand that gives a comb to a silkie is a friendly one, and not that of a bog or a murk.

As we learn more, we will keep you posted. In the meantime, keep up the good work! – XAX, 236th Keeper of Iranigami


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