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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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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June 6, 2013: The past few years have seen drought in the United States. This affects the flowering and seeding of many trees and plants, the availability of water for wildlife, the health of lakes and streams, and how well the grasslands may grow. In turn, all of these factors determine how successful the breeding and nesting seasons may be, and whether this year’s babies are strong enough to survive the next winter.

Of all the disruptions that can happen each spring in the life cycles of the natural world, there is one that we can actively prevent. A result of drought is that the forests are drier, and therefore more prone to catch fire. Forest fires disrupt the habitats of countless animals and leave scars that take decades to repair. Other Imaginaries, such as the gumbaroo, are particularly vulnerable to fire and cannot move swiftly enough to survive.

Some fires are started by natural causes, and are a part of the cycle of nature. But six times as many fires are started by careless humans than by natural causes. A single match or a campfire not properly extinguished can destroy thousands of acres of forest, and the habitats of animals both real and Imaginary.

In this dry, dry year, please be a friend to our Imaginaries, and be extra-careful helping us all to prevent forest fires. - XAX, 236th Keeper of Iranigami


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