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Rescue Attempt

June 18, 2013

Such a persistent peep coming from the vent box on the camper. The sticks of the nest were poking out the wall. Peep. Peep. Yesterday the camper was moved from a spot in the woods a mile away, so pretty obviously Mama has no idea of where her wee ones got off too. Removed the [...]

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Finding the Stuff of Wings

July 23, 2012

Early this spring, just after the swallows and western bluebirds started returning, I got busy cleaning out and repairing our birdhouses, making ready for nesting season. This hadn’t been done for many years, if ever, and I don’t know a lot about bird life, but what I’d read recommended an annual clean-out … Additionally, there [...]

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Moonrise in Ferry County

December 11, 2011
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Jinxed it?

March 7, 2011

An update to yesterday’s post about how lovely the birds were and how warm the sun’s rays were: Here’s what we woke to this morning. Of course the temperature has climbed already to above 40°F and the snow is sliding off the roofs.

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Quiet Shift

March 6, 2011

What an amazing morning. Something has definitely shifted! Overnight, it seems, the morning air has changed. Bird song, which has been mostly absent all winter. And the sunlight was warmer—the tones were warmer, the rays felt more warm on my body, even though the ambient temperature was what it’s been for a week, near 20°F. [...]

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My Lucky Stars

February 25, 2011

It is about nine thirty at night, very dark and zero degrees outside. The dog has cajoled me into coming outside to play his game, which is kind of a one-sided Pickle in the Middle–where he runs around with his ratty stuffed gorilla in his teeth and we both pretend that I am chasing him [...]

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Timber (Mis) Management

November 10, 2010

These trees are a representative sample of what remains in an area which was clear-cut about five years ago. A man named Mark McBroom bought this property, logged it, and then left. Turn 180° from looking at this clear-cut stand and this is what you will see: These acres were selectively harvested, using practices for [...]

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Super Cool Weird Life

November 8, 2010
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Another One Bites the Dust – Death By Mountain Pine Beetle

October 23, 2010

My brother’s one-hundred year old pine tree is being hauled to the sawmill to be sliced into lumber, another pine tree life lost to the bark beetle. At least this tree was salvaged, taken down before it was completely dead and good only as fuel for fire. But this is the lucky one. Records of [...]

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Sometimes You Have to Move to See It

September 15, 2010

Last night I woke around 3 a.m.; a tickle in my throat coughed me awake. In my foggy, dreamy state, I looked out the window and thought, “The stars have moved,” what with the constellations being different than when I’d tucked in and all. Of course as I roused myself awake enough to take some [...]

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