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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The Great Garbage Patch

Recycle, Re-purpose, and Re-use: The trouble with plastic is that, once manufactured, it never really goes away.

For about ten years now, marine biologists have talked about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a huge concentration of debris – largely plastics – congealing in areas of the Pacific Ocean. In 2010, a similar patch of mostly plastic garbage was found collecting in the Atlantic Ocean.

Plastics and ocean just don’t mix. Larger pieces of plastic entangle sea animals; smaller plastics are mistaken for food and eaten. Think about it – would you rather have a slice of cheese on your sandwich, or a slice of plastic? Me too.

The ocean is home not only to the silkies, but to a number of other Imaginaries – acipensers, asp turtles, roshwalrs – who are placed in grave danger by all this plastic debris floating through their habitat. If you want to help them, think plastics!

How can you cut down on the use of disposable plastics in your own life? Can you use a re-usable water bottle for your beverage, instead of a disposable plastic container? Can you stop using plastic bags, and use cloth bags instead? Is there a bin for recycling plastic bags at your grocery store?

Look around your house. Where does your family use disposable plastics? Can these be replaced with recyclable or re-usable products? Recycling is good, but eliminating disposable plastics altogether is better!

What happens if you take your plan to use less disposable plastic to your school? Where are disposable plastics used? Can you come up with suggestions to use less?

When you buy something wrapped in a disposable plastic package, have you thought about writing the manufacturer and asking them to use less plastic in their packaging? Your voice alone is one voice, but think what can happen if a million people like you decide to speak up too!

Make a list of ways to use less disposable plastic, and put it in a place where you’ll see it every day. For every piece of plastic you save, put a penny into a jar. Really – try it! You may surprise yourself, not only how quickly the pennies mount up, but also how much plastic you were using without knowing it.

For every plastic bag that doesn’t go into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, that’s one more chance for an Imaginary to live. - BUG, Field Agent, Iranigami


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