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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November 6, 2013: I’ve been reflecting this month on why some Imaginaries seem to be able to adjust to a changing world and do well without our help, while others are struggling to survive.

The answer seems to have to do with adaptability. Those who are better able to adapt, do, and those who can’t, succumb.

There is more to adaptability than the ability of an Imaginary to move to a different environment and thrive there. A multitude of factors goes into determining whether the Imaginary will live or die.

Of primary concern, of course, is the way the Imaginary lives. What natural enemies does the Imaginary have? How dangerous are they? Are its enemies increasing, or decreasing? Does it have new enemies?

What about competition for food and shelters and resources from other species? What new diseases have been introduced into its environment to which the Imaginary has no natural defenses? Is the Imaginary co-dependent on another animal that has decreased in numbers, or gone extinct?

How does climate change impact this Imaginary? What changes have taken place in its habitat? Is the Imaginary able to migrate to a new territory and adjust to the change?

It’s not just the Imaginary’s habitat, either. The genetics of the Imaginary also dictate whether it can continue to survive. What are its breeding habits? Is the species subject to significant mutation from generation to generation? Are those mutations too much or not enough to allow the Imaginary to evolve and adapt? Does it reproduce in sufficient numbers to be able to tolerate the loss of some of the young to predation and other factors?

These are the kinds of questions that keep me up at night, but we can only keep doing the best that we can do to preserve, protect and defend the Imaginaries, and the rest is up to nature. - XAX, 236th Keeper of Iranigami


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