Spreading A Word.

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Geese are funny to watch. It doesn’t matter if they’re in the air or on the water if one of them honk the others repeat it in sequence. Now I don’t really speak goose so there’s no real way for me to know if the message is repeated accurately or not. However, because of the amazing efficiency of nature I presume that it’s clearly understood among the geese.

If only people could operate this well. If geese were like humans the leading honk would be a beep by the time the message is repeated throughout the group.

Something that both geese and humans have in common is how fast word is spread. For the geese this is a necessary skill for flying as a single unit. If one bird crashes then they all crash. For people, the faster word spreads then the less accurately it is delivered. Which is something to remember in the internet age when we communicate faster than ever before.

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Afternoon Stroll

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Softly and cautiously the little doe picks her way through the brambles. The March wind has dried up the soggy ground and the sun gives her a welcomed warmth. The previous days were dark and cold with precious little to browse. But with the arrival of the sun the buds have lost their hard scales and offered her the tender morsels on the tips of the lower branches. This nutrition is desperately needed by the new life growing inside of her. Her yearling fawn follows just inside the trees watching her and learning what is good to feed on this time of year. There’s so much to learn and she has to get it right the first time because next year’s generation will depend on the yearling for wisdom and knowledge. Both deer tremble slightly as they pass by the big blue truck stopped in the middle of the road. Here on the outskirts of the capital city they are seldom chased but the instinct to flee is strong. The mother doe casts a glance back to young one and together they move behind the scrubby bushes near the road. Not wanting to disturb their meal any further, I allow engine to carry me forward at idle speed. Perhaps if they aren’t pressured they’ll allow me to get closer next time.

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Little Mr. Big Voice

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As the morning sun makes it way to the top of my mountain the surrounding forest is alive with the chatter of birds. If I close my eyes and concentrate on it I can filter out the individuals even if I can’t see them. One of those voices stands out really strong. I can tell that he’s somewhere near the top of my box elder but I can’t find him with my eyes. That’s not really surprising because he’s only the size of an extra large hen’s egg. For a moment his call is an alarm call until I mimic his previous pattern with whistles. I’ve always paid attention to the little birds in my area but it’s only recently that I’ve began to actively feed them and try to draw them in closer. I have had food out for them since fall but they seemed to reject it until the past few weeks. I stepped over to the feeder and made sure that the seed had not gotten wet and clogged up the reservoir catching any seed that fell out in my cupped hand at depositing it back on top of the feeder. I gave a few random whistles and stepped away. Almost as soon as I did I heard the rapid beating of tiny wings as they fluttered by behind me. As I turned he actually came in a little closer and lit in the Alder next to my driveway. He flew back and forth between the feeder and the Alder several times looking right at me as he did. I realized that this was a statement of gratitude and he was actively associating my presence with the food he was enjoying.

Since then I’ve learned that Chickadees actually have a complex language and that they actually have to teach these language skills to their young. It’s also known that as humans we can’t really pick up on the subtleties of their complex calls. Sure. I can mimic the high low patterns and approximate the rhythms but I can’t do it precisely and the context of the meaning is lost on me. So I’ve downloaded some guides and samples of the Chickadee songs and hope to at least learn which calls mean danger, happy, love etc. And perhaps soon I can call them in close enough for a detailed portrait. For now I’ll just settle for the occasional game of peekaboo in my Alder tree.

Image Titled Black Capped Chickadee 22520b

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The Lord &Lady Of Songs

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As the days grow longer there’s a point where the local Cardnials ( and other songbirds) decide that love is in the air. The brightly colored males can be heard all through the hills. The female can be heard as well but her call is a simple loud chirp where the male call is long and varies in pitch. It’s also been my experience that the male takes great pride in frustrating photographers. Hello either sits high in the trees outside of the range of my lens or in the thickest clumps of twigs he can find. There’s been a few times that I could have sworn he threw a couple of “neener neeners” into his song as I raised my lens and focused in just in time to see him dart away.

One of the “Neener Neener” moments when the male Cardnial flew off with a snicker.

But I don’t really give up so easy. If I let this bird win now he’ll only be encouraged to continue his taunting. So I have to come up with some ultimate plan to capture a bird in my lens. The most experienced bird hunter in the world has to be Mr. Wile E. Coyote. And, I’m familiar with all of his master plans to capture a bird. The problem there was that I didn’t have an anvil handy and I’m not really a skilled enough painter to create a convincing looking tunnel on any of the local rocks. So I did the next best thing. I found a few soundtracks of Cardnial calls on YouTube and played them over the speakers in my truck with the volume as high as it would go. It only took ten seconds to get a response.

Image Titled Lady Of Songs and is available for purchase by the instructions at the bottom of the article.

The female Cardnial seemed to be very interested in whoever this new suitor was. She popped up right next to the truck window.

I hit the soundtrack again and she moved to the power line directly over my head.

The female Cardnial overhead looking for the second male.

It wasn’t long before the male couldn’t take this challenge to his territory and when he showed up he meant business! The fly in the ointment with my plan was that even though I got him to come out of hiding I never realized how twitchy an angry male Cardnial can be. He was no longer singing for a mate and he was flashing his wings and tail feathers in an effort to entice the other male into a duel for the honor of his lady.

Once he was visible I turned the volume back down slowly and he began to calm down a little. I was only able to catch him still enough for one shot before he took of in pursuit of the female.

He was still in a defensive posture and he never really got as close as the female Cardnial but now that I have a trick up my sleeve I hope to try for a closer shot soon.

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Forage Friday #45 Moss

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Last night I mentioned that the moss was starting to show a bright green of new growth. And that was a little bit of a foreshadowing of tonight’s Forage Friday post.

While not really thought of as a wild edible plant moss is considered to be a medicinal herb.

Some of my first reading on medicinal herbs came from Tom Brown Jr is survival books. He mentions that Stalking Wolf ( his Apache teacher) taught him to bandage wounds with sphagnum Moss. I was pretty intrigued with the idea that A clump of “dirty old moss” could be applied to a wound as a sterile dressing. But it is a historical fact that simple moss has been used to heal wounds since the caveman days. Moss was a major resource for wounded soldiers in World War I and is credited with saving “thousands” of lives. The Cotton had been allocated for uniforms and explosives ( nitrocellulose is made with cotton ) leading a shortage of cotton bandages. So the go to became viles of dried sphagnum moss. The secret it seems, was in the low PH factor of the moss making it impossible for pathogenic bacteria to flourish in the wound. ( I have found conflicting information about the PH of different types of moss. Some sources say that Sphagnum is neutral PH and peat is acidic. I have not taken the time to test this out for myself)

Further reading over the years has revealed that sphagnum was also used for diapers and feminine napkins with the same effect of limiting bacterial growth.

Image Titled “Star Shaped Sphagnum Moss 2120”

There are 12,000 different species of moss! But generally we think about either Sphagnum or Peat. There’s a granite moss in North America that’s red instead of green and it doesn’t seem to mentioned in the medicinal context.

Sphagnum is also said to help a sore throat and again it is probably due to the antimicrobial properties. In fact peat moss has been known to produce mummies in the lands of Celts and we occasionally hear that an anthropologist has been called in to deal with a body that was discovered in a bog.

Image Titled “Moss In Bloom” due to the sporophyte structures.

In the early Spring moss goes into spore and takes on the look of an alien jungle from a 1950s black and white science fiction movie. I always thought that it reminded me of a tiny alien jungle. When I was a kid I would look at the moss and imagine that crew of the Enterprise wading through those funny shaped pods.

Living walls have become popular. While not as effective as a tree, moss along with algae and lichens absorb 14 billion tons of carbon and fix 50 million tons of nitrogen per year. So in urban areas where a person might have nowhere to plant a tree the living wall fills the niche. The simple way this is being done is from mix buttermilk, moss and water retention gel in a blender and paint it on an outside wall. I would suggest that you make it shady spot since the moss doesn’t do well in direct sunlight.

Image Titled “Finding North”.

With the moss preferring to be in the shade and old saying is that it point a North. Well, yes and no. Moss likes shade and the shadiest side of a tree is going to be on the north side of the tree. The truth is that moss can grow on the south side of a tree if it’s shaded enough so the old trick is best used by sampling a number of trees and going with the average and even then it only going to give you a general idea of North.

Finally, the last resource that moss can provide is as a cash crop. In the final image below is only about 3 years worth of growth of moss on my property. When I was housebreaking my pup I leaned that I could train him to go to a large plastic tray like a cat would go to a litter box if I filled the tray with moss. I have since replaced the moss with sawdust for easy clean-up but the point is that moss is a renewable resource and Now that I know that it can be propagated using the buttermilk paint techniques I can seed it in places where I have harvested for a quicker turnaround time. As a child, I had neighbors who would collect and bale dried moss to sell to a buyer for use in potting soil mixes. They never made a living from it but the moss along with other herbs gathered in the forest provided a little extra money for Christmas funds, vacation or just to splurge on the latest desire. What they accomplished by searching the mountains could conceivably be done by seeding the moss in a designated area that’s a little easier for harvest. One might even use the idea to create ready made terrariums for decor.

The Moss I harvested just a few years ago it’s almost ready to harvest again.

Moss in general is a commonly overlooked resource that provides a variety of benefits and I’m certain that I’ve left out a lot but perhaps you have some knowledge that you’d like to share in the comments.

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The True Story Of My “Pet” Hawk.

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The little boy played in meadow doing things that a country boy in the 70s and 80s would find natural. He climbed trees and rocks. He caught salamanders and crayfish out of the creeks and puddles. He made swords from sticks and did battle with the trees standing in for the bad guys. One day he was having an adventure down in a marsh when he had that eerie feeling of being watched. He scanned the trees and bushes but there was nobody. He looked for signs of a bear or coyote but the woods was empty. Then he looked up. Perched on a branch in the top of a nearby walnut tree was the largest hawk he’d ever seen. It sat there like a statue only cocking it’s head every so often. He was profoundly curious about the raptor. He’d never been this close to one in wild before. The hawk was large for a hawk but too small to be a threat to him or the cattle. So he watched the hawk back. After a few moments he tried to speak to it in the same calm voice he was taught to use around pets and livestock. The cocked it’s head to the other side but otherwise didn’t react. After a while he got bored and moved his adventure to another part of the farm only to find that the hawk had followed him. Ove the next few days this pattern continued. No matter where the boy played the hawk turned up eventually. So he gave the bird of prey a name worthy of an avian hunter. The name was “Falcor”. A combination of Falcon and his favorite comic book hero at the time which was Marvel’s Thor.

I was the boy and Falcor was real. Although every time I tried to tell someone about my “pet hawk” they smiled at my wild imagination. I don’t know if Falcor visited other people or even if they noticed when he did. I kinda doubt that he did because he never seemed to come around when other’s were present. After a few times of being given “that look” by my friends and family I stopped mentioning him. For several years I’d go on one of my walks in the woods and Falcor follow me in the distance. He never got real close but he would always be in a nearby tree. I couldn’t explain why until one day when I was older I told the story of “Falcor the hawk” to a professor in my wildlife biology class. He was the first one to actually believe that the hawk was more than just the wild imagination of a little boy who played in the wilderness. He also had a pretty logical explanation for the bird’s odd behavior. He had done some work with The West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center and theorized that Falcor had come out of that program and that for some reason I must have reminded him of one of his caretakers. So it turns out that Falcor may have been waiting to be fed. Whatever the hawks motivation was to follow me around for a few years he still the coolest “pet” that I never actually owned and he has severed as the inspiration for a couple of characters in a couple of fiction stories that I will finish one day. Even today I’m reminded of him every time I see a hawk that seems to just be hanging out near humans.

Image Titled “The Hunter On The Fence Post.

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Prince Of The Forest 3

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The young prince treads gently over the moss laden earth. His keen ears constantly zero in on every noise. As the soft mist floats by he moves to a spot where the lichens grow to feed. He seems to be completely at ease with the big blue truck slowly drifting along beside him. The park is his domain and he sees humans and trucks every day.

It’s a safe bet that he knew of my presence long before I saw him. Those ears that are angled backwards are keen enough that he can probably hear my heartbeat. I try to remember to breathe in long slow breaths to keep my heartbeat in sync with his. The ploy seems to work as he looks into the window of the truck for a moment and goes back to his meal. Not wanting to disturb him too much I lift my foot from the break and idle away. I want the deer to continue to be completely comfortable with my presence in hopes that I’ll be able to get closer next time.

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