A Herd Of Wild Horses — Genetics And Preservation

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About a month ago I was able to see the wild horses of Corolla, North Carolina for the first time.  What a sight they are to watch in their natural habitat. Our guide told us that the wild horses came to the area about 500 years ago when the Spanish were exploring the Atlantic coastal area.  The waters around Nags Head are an atrocious place to … [Read more...]

Javelina Encounter

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This morning, as I am concluding my daily jog, I come up over a little hill – pushing myself to finish strong as I run faster on that last stretch of desert earth. My shoes are crunching away, I’m breathing heavily, the humidity is kicking my butt, and I “think” I hear something. But I can’t tell due to all the noise I’m making. So I dismiss the … [Read more...]

Remembering Lonesome George

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In 2012 the world lost something unique.  I wanted take a minute to remember Lonesome George. He was the last of his kind, the sole representative of the Pinta Island subspecies of Galapagos tortoise.  A $10,000 reward was offered to anyone who could find a female like him. None did.  His keepers tried for a few years to breed him with a … [Read more...]

A Second Mother To Nature

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Mother Nature has seen it all!  But sometimes we can't help wondering if she needs a back up too.   Please welcome new contributing writer Melissa Crytzer Fry, who experienced all the anxiety of a hovering second mom as  she watched the progress of her Hummingbird Babies being streamed in from the Hummie Cam set up in her … [Read more...]

About That Easter Bunny…

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There are lots of things I love about Easter. It's a time of renewal of both spirit and nature as the earth comes alive again with the promise of Spring. It's the pinnacle of my family's faith, this year to culminate in a sunrise service. I adore seeing the delight on my kids' faces when they discover what wondrous treats the Easter Bunny has … [Read more...]

Thanks, Mr. Bill!

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*Welcome new contributing author -- Heather D of BECOMING CLICHE* Sometimes you only think you’re taking one for the team. It’s Spring Break. I know. Technically, it’s not even Spring. I don’t get to make these decisions.  When given an entire week of nothing, I’ve learned it’s good to plan at least a little something lest the … [Read more...]

Water, Camera, Bear…

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A celebratory video reminder on World Water Day that water means life -- and not just for humans. http://youtu.be/DWbXfkNuupM (Video: GoPro: Grizzly Eats My GoPro) We humans don't have the right to waste and pollute the water everyone and everything needs! ### … [Read more...]

For The Joy of Animals: Lip Smackingly Cute Possum

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There is something about the sight of a Possum that usually makes me sad.  Mostly because it's almost always dead on the side of the road.  But also because a little part of me is secretly relieved that what is died isn't someone's cat or dog.  The relief is wrong -- but it's always there. The few times I've seen live possums at night, when the … [Read more...]

For The Joy of Animals: Woe Is Henri, the Cat

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Oui.  It is true. The sun hides, while the wind stills. The air chills and the clouds weep. The earth languishes in sodden sympathy. As millions watch.  And laugh. At the woeful tail and frenchified air. Of Henri, the cat. ~~ ### (h/t S.Ivy - Henri 2, the first video above, was uploaded to Youtube on April 6th by the creator and … [Read more...]

For The Joy Of Animals: Gambolling Cows

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After a winter spent cooped up in a barn eating oats and grains, can there be a better celebration of spring then seeing cows surging toward the heady smells of the fresh open air rejoicing at the uninhibited freedom of the great outdoors and rediscovering the sheer bliss of personally selecting their own patch of grass on which to … [Read more...]