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We also have a Red Bubble store now and are constantly adding photos for cards and other fun items: https://www.redbubble.com/people/lchristaylor

Here’s hoping 2018 is a better year for wildlife, for all of us, and let’s hope more people pay attention. Thank you!

Chris

Sunrise Thistle

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Blackbirds at Sunrise and one Red-tailed Hawk

I have not been out as much as I would like between the extreme cold and the extreme work. I love arriving at the Wakarusa Wetlands early enough to see the blackbirds taking off. Now they are staking out territory for nesting. Looking forward to spring and everyone it brings. I am still posting one picture a day on Twitter to raise awareness of our vanishing wildlife: https://twitter.com/LillyCTaylor/status/975320248428781568

Blackbirds and red-tail

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Respect them or lose them Day 77

Respect them or lose them Day 77. Bald eagle nest photographed June 5, 2009. In 2009, this nest was approximately twenty years old. They built a new nest nearby a few years later. Canada geese nested there that year. Another year passed and a storm knocked the nest down. Bald eagles are amazing at construction and must have known this nest was getting too old and too heavy to withstand the Kansas weather so they constructed a new nest and moved out before this one failed.

Bald Eagle Nest

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Being Together in Place

Being Together in Place: In a More Than Human World is an amazing book that examines the challenge of coexistence at three sites, the Cheslatta-Carrier traditional territory in British Columbia, the Wakarusa Wetlands in northeastern Kansas, and the Waitangi Treaty Grounds in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

From the University of Minnesota Press:

Being Together in Place explores the landscapes that convene Native and non-Native people into sustained and difficult negotiations over their radically different interests. Using ethnographic research and a geographic perspective, this book shows activists in three sites learning how to articulate and defend their intrinsic and life-supportive ways of being—particularly to those who are intent on damaging these places.

I am honored to have a few photos in this book. More here: https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/being-together-in-place

Nook and Kindle editions are also available.

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Coopers

In this bitter cold weather, everyone is doing their best to get something to eat and conserve energy. A cooper’s hawk has been ruling our yard for a couple of days now making it more than a little difficult for small birds to get to the feeders. I don’t want to run him off (he has to eat, too!), but I do feel a bit guilty for hoping he catches someone soon so the survivors can get something to eat. I guess that’s the “needs of the many.” I am more than aware of what it means to be able to sit in my toasty warm house watching all the activity.

Cooper's hawk

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I think this one might be a sharp-shinned hawk. He likes to sit on the brush pile and wait for little birds to come out. Sometimes, he dives in and tries to catch them as they scatter. I imagine he scores some voles in there as well.

Sharp-shinned hawk

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Robin Party

My flat top robin friend stopped by this morning. He has been nesting in or near our yard and visiting off and on during the fall and winter for a little over four years. I was so flattered that he landed right in front of me when I was outside this morning. He was doing a lot of talking and I thought, as we humans do, it was all about me. I went back inside to get my camera. When I came out, there were robins everywhere (and a flicker). I think all the talking my robin friend was doing was calling his buddies to come for the raisins and fresh water. Robin party! Click on pictures to enlarge.

Flicker and robins on bird bath

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Robins on bird bath

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Robins drinking from bird bath

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Time for Brush Piles

I do my best to let our yard be natural, only doing what is required to keep us out of trouble with the city. This fall, I have had to do a lot of trimming of bushes and small trees along our fence that were getting close to the power lines. If I don’t trim it down, Westar will, and they will do it in the spring when birds have already nested and baby rabbits are hiding under the bushes. I try to be proactive, so they have few reasons to stomp around the yard. All of this means that the brush pile I have been adding to is much bigger this year. The white-throated sparrows seem to be loving it, and with two Cooper’s hawks, a merlin, and at least three free-roaming cats, it is much needed cover.

white-throated sparrow on brush pile

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Cooper's hawk on brush pile.

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White-throated sparrow on brush pile.

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