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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?




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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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Storm Water

The water that goes down the drain in your house usually flows into some sort of sewage system. Sewage systems are designed to funnel the water that flows through them into some sort of treatment process to clean up the water.

Have you ever thought about where that water goes?

Most storm water systems carry the water away from the streets and into canals, and from there into streams, lakes, rivers, and eventually the ocean.

The water that goes down the drain in your house usually flows into some sort of sewage system. Sewage systems are designed to funnel the water that flows through them into some sort of treatment process to clean up the water.

Storm drains don’t have filtering systems. When the water entering the storm drain system comes from rain or snow, it’s relatively clean. But not everything that goes into a storm drain is water, and that’s where the problem lies.

In an effort to get rid of liquids they don’t want, sometimes people use storm drains as a dump. It’s hard to see the danger of dumping your half-can of flat soda down a storm drain, or washing your car in the driveway and letting the suds run into the gutter. But everything that goes into the storm drain eventually winds up in the waterways and oceans, and even that half-can of soda and the suds from the carwash are contaminants that can hurt the environment.

It’s even worse when what goes into the drain is a known toxin. People who dump antifreeze or oil or paint or chemicals into the storm drain are sending those things directly to the animals that live in our waterways and oceans.

Intentionally pouring water and pollutants into street gutters and storm drains is not only dangerous to the environment, it’s also illegal.

There are several things you can do about this. First, you can decide never to dump anything down a storm drain yourself. Second, you can tell all your friends about it, so that they can make the same choice. And third, you can join with other people in your community to help label storm drains, so that people are reminded not to dump waste into storm drains, the portals to open water. - BUG, Field Agent, Iranigami

 


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