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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A Snow Wasset In Colorado?

Query: I saw the photo of snow wasset activity you posted in January. I found what I think is a snow wasset hole here in the mountains of Colorado, where I live. It was small, about mole-sized, but it was definitely a tunnel. I thought snow wassets only lived in Canada. Would snow wassets come this far south?

Answer: In response to last month’s post, we have received over a dozen notices of new snow-wasset tunnel sightings! These sightings cover an area stretching from northern Canada to as far south as Colorado. This confirms our theory that after a long period of dormancy, the snow wassets are breeding again, which is great news for the species.

The tunnels found in Canada are larger, although still juvenile-sized. The three tunnels found in the United States are all smaller. This suggests that hunting grounds closer to the snow-wasset’s summer habitat above the Arctic Circle are being claimed by the older juveniles, while the younger, less competitive youngsters must migrate farther south to claim their territories.

Thank you for reporting your find. Yours is the southernmost sighting of snow wasset activity reported. Please keep us posted should you see any additional signs of the snow wasset in your area.


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