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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Giving Imaginary-Conscious Gifts

A Better Way To Celebrate The Holidays: Last July, I wrote a list of Seven Easy Steps to helping Imaginaries.

Number five on the list was, "Never buy any product made from any part of an Imaginary."

There are bad people out there – the Bogs and Murks - who sell products made from Imaginaries such as unicorn horn powder and dragon’s claws. They charge enormous amounts of money to unscrupulous collectors who want these things because they’re so rare.

I’m just a kid and don’t have that kind of money, so even if I didn’t know any better and decided I wanted something like a dragon’s claw, I couldn’t afford it anyway. But even if I really, really rich, the richest person in the world, I still wouldn’t buy one, because the only way to get a dragon’s claw is to harm an Imaginary, and I would ever never want to hurt one.

But there are also other things I could buy, or ask for as a present, that could hurt an Imaginary indirectly. For example, if I wanted something that could only be produced by destroying Imaginary habitat, like cutting down a forest, that would be harmful too.

I have some people I want to give presents to this year, but I don’t want to destroy any habitats just so that I can give someone a gift. So this year, I’m making things for my friends and family this year. I’m using mostly recycled stuff, but I’m also learning how to knit, since wool can be taken from a sheep without hurting the animal. Right now I’m making a scarf for my best friend. The first scarf I made came out kind of lumpy, and got really wide by the end, but I think this second one will turn out better.

Another great gift is to give a donation to organizations that help preserve the habitats in which the Imaginaries live. This is something my parents do this all the time. I think it’s a great idea, because anything we do to help our planet is also something we’re doing to help the Imaginaries. - BUG, Field Agent, Iranigami


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