More Sounds of Silence

Sound to take in without sound to block out.

Although I posted this  a week ago I just became aware of this new study on noise in our national parks and thought it important to pass along. The link is below.

https://www.nationalparkstraveler.org/2017/06/sounds-nature-national-parks-are-being-trampled-noise

Yes it is more than just a feeling ….Noise levels in our wild places are increasing at a rapid pace and what the consequences are only time will tell. Unless we respect that silence it seems it will soon be gone.

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Yes, Silence has a sound that is becoming silenced.
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A Prairie Dog’s Song

This song seemed to be a gentle warning call but I could be wrong. However, biologists studying Prairie Dogs have discovered they have a complex language and perhaps one day we will understand it. Another discovery that suggest we are less different and more alike on this planet.

Pawnee National Grasslands, CO.

13 lined Ground Squirrel

The photo is a bit blurry but so was our encounter with the 13 Lined Ground Squirrel. We were watching a Prairie Dog Colony and there was one Prairie Dog that just did not seem like the others. He was thinner and smaller. They would stand up tall and then quickly dart to another location very rapidly. They were much more hidden in the grass as well. We tried over and over to get a good look but this is  the best we got that afternoon. A fleeting glimpse of a magnificent 13 lined ground squirrel.

http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Spermophilus_tridecemlineatus/

Seeing a new animal made me realize once again that life is so diverse and wonderful and there is so much yet to see.