Good Evening

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Hello Mr Grosbeak what a big bill you have.

The Evening Grosbeaks have made an extended appearance this spring and we are enjoying seeing them in the trees nearby. Such a large finch (about 6.5-7.0″), that imposing beak and so darn colorful they really stand out compared to the other birds in the Finch family that typically hang out in our forests like the demure (5″) Pine Siskin and slightly larger (6″) Cassins Finch.

Early Risers

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Spring has come late this year. With a late April round of snow and subfreezing temperatures to a wetter and colder than typical May. By Memorial Day the Glacier Lillies and Shooting Stars have typically given way to other spring wildflowers but not this year. They are still abundant and fresh.

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While the rest of springs basket is starting to burst forth into bloom I am always thankful for these two early risers that signal spring is indeed here and especially this year.

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Wood Thrush

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For me the Wood Thrush is a bird I may often hear but seldom seem. Hanging out in those forests deep with green and hidden out of sight they have such a wonderful song. After listening to his song for several minutes this Wood Thrush flew out and landed on a post in a clearing for a minute or two before retuning back into the woods. Love the pudgy belly on this one.

 

For the next couple of weeks we will be posting some of our favorite posts from the past as we take a small respite from the digital world.

like tentacles

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There are times when it feels like the limbs of trees are reaching out like tentacles not to capture you but draw you in to the forest. To spend some time and keep those old trees company.

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To do a little dance and move through the forest without noise.

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To summon you up into the tree tops and breathe in the air.

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just like tentacles.

We are responsible for protecting what is left

http://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07183-6

The article above shows that 70% of the remaining wild lands in the world are contained in just five countries. Those of us who live in any of those five countries need to take action in any way we can to help protect those remaining wild lands.  Life depends on it.

The Center for Large Landscape Conservation, the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, Wildlands Network, and the Half Earth Project are just a handful of organizations working to preserve what is left of the wonderful planet. Please consider supporting any organizaiton you find in your country that is working to support conservation of wildlands.