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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Providing Habitats for Imaginaries

Nesting Materials: Springtime is the time of year that many creatures, including the Imaginaries, build nests and have their young.

A lot of nesting materials occur naturally all around us, but I like to help things along by leaving out things that are especially good for building nests.

This includes material such as grass clippings, yarn, fur, pebbles, straw, shredded paper, mop string, cotton balls, hair, and shredded fabric. Whatever an animal might use to build a nest, that’s what I like to put out.

All of these materials should be clean, chemical-free, and made of natural materials. NEVER put out plastic or nylon materials, or stuff like Styrofoam!

Break up any materials you put out into manageable pieces. Yarn, straw, paper, mop string, and shredded fabric should be cut to between 3 to 8 inches in length, so that they’re long enough to be useful, but not so long that an animal can get tangled in them. I also shred up the cotton and grass clippings into smaller clumps, so that a bird can carry them easily.

Last year I tried draping material around on bushes and tree branches, but my cat kept playing with it and knocking it down. This year I tried putting everything into a few net bags with large openings in the mesh, and hung them on trees at the edge of the woods. I’ve seen quite a few birds come and visit the bag and take things away, so I think that’s worked out really well.

I also left some of the softer materials, like the cotton balls and shredded fabric, in the brushy areas around the edges of my yard, in case burrowing animals wanted linings for their dens. I didn’t see who came and took it, but it’s all gone now, so somebody liked it.

It’s just a little thing to do, I know, but it makes me feel like I’m helping an Imaginary somewhere by providing extra nesting materials to make their lives a tiny bit easier. - BUG, Field Agent, Iranigami


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