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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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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Thriving, or Struggling?

Query: Why are some Imaginaries more common, while others are almost never seen? It seems like the Imaginaries I’ve heard the most about, like dragons and unicorns, seem to be shrinking in numbers, whereas some of the Imaginaries you write about that I’ve never heard of before, like augerinos, seem to be doing fine, and even increasing. Why are some Imaginaries thriving while others disappear?

Answer: That’s a good question, with no simple answer.

Like all living things, the survival of any Imaginary is interdependent upon a large number of variables which dictate its ability to survive and thrive.

Some Imaginaries have always had a hard time surviving. The manman bird, for example (see Archives), is poorly suited for survival under almost any circumstance, and has only endured because humans have chosen to help this particular creature.

Other Imaginaries do well in some environments but not others. Unicorns require a very large territory of woodlands and meadows, and the destruction of forest habitats impacts this Imaginary’s ability to survive.

Still others do well as long as they don’t have to share their territories with humans. Dragons survive in a variety of climates and conditions. However, most dragons will feed on humans if given a chance, a situation humans won’t tolerate, with the result that most dragon colonies located close to human population centers have been destroyed.

While the numbers of some Imaginaries is shrinking, others are growing. As you mentioned, the augerino, an Imaginary that lives out its entire life cycle underground, appears to be on the rise (see Archives). That they are drawing down the water supplies in reservoirs is a real problem for humans, but until water engineers tasked with solving this issue begin to believe in augerinos, this Imaginary will, in all likelihood, continue to thrive in its out-of-sight and out-of-mind environment.


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