Thursday, January 22, 2015

River Expedition

So a bunch of guys decided to canoe from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean. Folllow along on this amazing journey !

http://www.rediscoverna.com/

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Winter colors

Summer, Fall, now Winter to see the life cycle of change that Nature gives to a special Wildlife Refuge at this latitude.

We missed all the water fowl that migrated further South only days before.  Every body of water has been sheathed in the Winter barrier.
No water means no life for the aquatic feathered , and no time is wasted in traveling to better places.

Dissapointed ? No never ! The Planet always provides wonders, We just had to look in the sky. Migrating Snow Geese provided the wonder by flying in large formations calling the calls in a language only the Snow Geese speak.

Harriers and Short Eared Owls provided the acrobatic thrills as they hunted the fields for their next meal. Making flight look simple, a talent I wish I possessed.

A hop, skip and a few steps put us in a great position to view another wonder. A nest of a Bald Eagle. Always unmistakable the mansions in the forest. A good place to raise a family, and keep  your innocent away from those that would harm them.

Empty now, but it is the time that love is in the air, literally . After mates decide who they want and the dance of ages begins. In a short time the family will be on their home making sure their special ones survive until they are ready to leave. Almost all species do it.... Parenting.

But the thing I found most interesting on a warm winter day is how freezing and then melting ice makes holes in the mud. Leaving only the holes as the water escapes. I know I am a dork, but if only I could give you what I feel when the wonder takes hold of my soul .

(See older post for more about Clarence Cannon  NWR )

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Lil ' Fox update

Sorry I have no pictures but lil ' fox  grew into a beautiful  young lady ! She was released into the woods in SouthWest Missouri.  She is where she belongs , the Wild !

Shaw Nature Reserve

Frozen Bubbles in a creek bed
Meramec  river, solid and liquid form
Tepee poles and sod huts. Different people at a different time.
Prairie dressed in Winter  colors.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Vote NO on Ammendment 1

I am sticking with the Missouri Farmers Union and voting no on Ammendment 1 on August 5th !

http://www.missourifarmersunion.com/

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Big Muddy

  The Cora Island unit is the most Eastern unit of the Big Muddy National Wildlife Refuge. Located up the Missouri river from where it flows into the Mississippi river.

  Inside the Mississippi flyway, a host to thousands of birds during migration time. Regardless if they are headed South to avoid the cold of Winter, or North to ensure the survival of their species, they pull over here at an all inclusive rest area.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Lil ' Fox update

  Catherine was able to attend the Wildlife Rescue Center's open house this past weekend.

  Executive Director Kim Rutledge was able to give Catherine an update and the first look at Lil ' Fox since she grabbed the poor flea and parasite ridden 4 paw cutie from the weeds along Hwy 21. See earlier blog post "Lil' Fox"

  I will sum it up in one sentence. She is doing great  !!

  Anticipated release in about two months. She has some growing to do !

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Wolves, Wolf Facts, Cougars, Cougar Facts, Coyotes, Coyote Facts - Wolves, Cougars, Coyotes Forever: In 2004, Dr. Lawrence Witmer of Ohio University published a study documenting the advantages that the large nose of the Moose provides this browser----- Stereolfaction and waterproof nasal passages-------- Moose, with their widely separated nostrils may have enough separation that each nostril samples a different part of a gradient, allowing the animal to orient easily and track odors........This attribute, strengthens their ability to determine the location and distance of smells, aiding in food gathering, mating and avoiding predators...... . There are specialized structures within moose nostrils that automatically seal off the nose from water......... Moose seem to do this by expanding the size of a pad of connective tissue due to the pressure of water.......This aids the animals when they are grazing on the Aquatic plant-stuffs they love so much...... Wet habitats also provide relief from tics and the impacts of global warming(although not nearly enough as we witness die-offs of Moose across the USA and parts of Canada)

Wolves, Wolf Facts, Cougars, Cougar Facts, Coyotes, Coyote Facts - Wolves, Cougars, Coyotes Forever: In 2004, Dr. Lawrence Witmer of Ohio University published a study documenting the advantages that the large nose of the Moose provides this browser----- Stereolfaction and waterproof nasal passages-------- Moose, with their widely separated nostrils may have enough separation that each nostril samples a different part of a gradient, allowing the animal to orient easily and track odors........This attribute, strengthens their ability to determine the location and distance of smells, aiding in food gathering, mating and avoiding predators...... . There are specialized structures within moose nostrils that automatically seal off the nose from water......... Moose seem to do this by expanding the size of a pad of connective tissue due to the pressure of water.......This aids the animals when they are grazing on the Aquatic plant-stuffs they love so much...... Wet habitats also provide relief from tics and the impacts of global warming(although not nearly enough as we witness die-offs of Moose across the USA and parts of Canada)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Air Superiority

  There was a battle raging over the skies of the Missouri river. A dogfight in the skies. Two masters of the air twisting and turning to see who could edge out an advantage to become the victor !

  The Big Muddy National Wildlife Refuge is 11 units stretched accross the State of Missouri. What makes them unique is that they feature North America's longest river the Missouri. Managed in different ways by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service and named after the long used nickname of the river," The Big Muddy."

  On a gorgeous summer day my favorite South African and American in training traveled to the Overton North unit of the Big Muddy NWR to see what we could be thrilled by. 

  Walking along a levee, a couple of stone throws from the river we were enjoying the heat of the summer and happy with the breezes and low relative humidity Missouri and its' rivers are infamously not known to produce. Great flying weather !

  This is when it happened ! While I was looking in the opposite direction, the future American let out an excited "Oh ! Oh!" and pointed skyward. 

  Flying from the direction of the river, two seasoned, hardcore veterans of the the air, a mature Red-Tailed Hawk clutching something in its' talons being sharply pursued by a mature Bald Eagle located just off the Hawks' 4 o'clock. 

 The Hawk banked hard to the left with the pursing Eagle matching its maneuver.  The Hawk released its' grip and a single bird, a prize of the hawks hunting, dropped into the sky. As fast as it was dropped the Eagle grabbed it in the free fall.

  The Hawk not taking kindly to being so tested, became the pursuer. Staying off to the Eagles 9 o'clock,the skilled flyer jinked several times in the direction of the Eagle. The Eagle banked into the direction of the Hawk, enforcing its'  "Air Superiority" over the the smaller bird of prey.

 The Eagle executed a perfect landing in a tall cottonwood tree. The Hawk not giving up yet, flew several quick figure eights in front of the tree evaluating if the tactical advantage had turned in favor of this russet colored fighter. It had not, and the brave Hawk, who in his daring challenged his pursuer, retired from the battlefield. 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Update on Lil' Fox

  The Wildlife Rescue Center posted this pic of Lil' Fox on their Facebook page. Looks like she is putting on weight, nose on the ground and looking stronger.

  An incredible place Wildlife Rescue Center is, no doubt  !!

  They will be having their open house July 13th. Here is their website so check them out !

     http://www.mowildlife.org/index.html