Remember when folks in favor of the SLT said there were no river otters at the wetlands? I saw five frolicking and foraging.
The weather and work are finally letting me out a bit more. I am so eager for fall! The last few days have been great for seeing large groups of pelicans and the monarchs are on the move. Great egrets and little blue herons are still around.
I have not seen a coyote at the wetlands since last winter. I know they are there (I see the evidence!), but I keep missing them. This was a nice treat this morning.
I never tire of seeing bald eagles soaring around the wetlands. This one had quite a lot to say.
Ella singing Cole Porter has been buzzing in my head all summer. Here is hoping we get some relief soon.
Respect them or lose them Day 75. Great blue heron photographed July 19, 2009. Yes, that is a bullfrog.
I started doing a marathon of pictures on Twitter to do my little bit to raise awareness about protecting spaces for our nonhuman neighbors. Remember humans, we are not the only ones who live here. You can see days 1-73 here: https://twitter.com/LillyCTaylor
Respect them or lose them Day 74. Eastern meadowlark photographed July 17, 2009.
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Here’s hoping 2018 is a better year for wildlife, for all of us, and let’s hope more people pay attention. Thank you!
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
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.
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.