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Vanykrye wrote:
We don't have nearly as many nor as large of bats as we need to in Illinois. I know this because we have SO DAMN MANY LOCUSTS! It's loud. That's all I'm saying. It's very loud. And I want it to end.


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Definitely sandmirks.

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Open a trendy new insect based food truck?

Locust eat our crops, we eat them right back...

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I am still in love with this frog

YES desert frog squeaks!

Those little guys crack me up!

Thanks for sharing Woran, needed a good laugh this morning.

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So... many years ago now...

Working in a gate-house well within the city zones. A certain 'Event' has happened in a far off country and the managment is now weirdly paranoid. All incoming and out going vehicles, trucks etc MUST be checked.

Delivery truck rolls up. I pop out and explain new proceedure... Lots of grumbling from driver. Get to rear doors and we both hear a soft 'Pat' on the concrete.

At least I'm guessing we both did because now I am the only one standing behind the truck looking down at a length of glistening, vorpal black scales about the length of my forarm which is laying a little confused and stunned on the cement.

*The truck driver has managed to teleport over to the building's garden/flower arraingment...

I stare in awe at the beauty of ths snake. Possibly even leaning closer for a better veiw. Snake comes to its senses and accelerates to attack speed at THE closest target... Yes, me

Except.. the concrete is worn so smooth by so much vehicle traffice... said snake simply wriggles in place. Though giving a beautiful veiw of the salmon red undeside as it struggles to attack the threatening foe (Who's still a little in awe it its gorgeousness)

I sigh, walk over to the road side garden, find stick (Looong stick) walk back and place stick firmly, but gently behind said snakes head. (Hey, it works on telly, right?)

Snake is now pinned and can but wriggle a little impotently.

I get Boss to hold stick while I go off to find a large sack and some bailing wire.

Return, place sack down in front of snake. Snake can get traction on bag and disappears inside. Lift sack, secure with wire and take into shade of gate house to call local Wild life services.

Wild life folks are cool with coming to pick up snake, take away and release etc. But... they're busy and will take a while.

Snake is safe in sack... shift ends... I go home.

Next morning... Night shift guys want to kill me...

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ‏ "Whaaaat?"

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So apparently I have a transplanted player here in Phoenix what knows the wolf.

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TriOmegaZero wrote:
So apparently I have a transplanted player here in Phoenix what knows the wolf.

Still not far enough to outrun the trauama ... :)

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Have you ever seen beyond thunderdome?

The kids in my elementary school had.

Before school everyone would pile on a dome shaped jungle gym to keep anyone from seeing inside. The older kids would have younger kids inside fight.

I was in there one morning against the small fast scrappy kid. Being the taller one, I was subject from some source accurate audience participation in the form of someone sitting up top repeatedly kicking me in the head.

So i held up a hand to stop the fight for a second (he lived near me and we were kinda friends, despite beating the snot out of each other some mornings) Reached up and yanked the guy into the dome.

"Give me a hand with this guy" Me and my opponent picked him up, went " 1 2 3... " and tried to throw him out through the holes. We missed. CLANG.

Got him out on the third try...

Soo. some elementary schools were more intense then mine.

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Middle school, older kids are beating up someone in my class. (Not one of their usual victims) I offer to step in and do it for them. Do a rather impressive if i do say so myself Kafabe of acting like i was punching his face but instead punching my stomach while i had him in a headlock.

School monitor actually (gasps) sees this, drags us into the principles office and starts to tell the principle what she saw

Other kid goes "Phew, thanks. I thought i was toast there for a minute" and shakes my hand. Principle who'd...seen me on enough occasions to know that intentional unprovoked violence wasn't my thing facepalms. "Out. Both of you. I don't want to know"

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Mauritania (africa, all the way to the left, third country down) . The house I'm staying in has the well for the block. Girls come in, drop a rubber bag on a rope down the well to get water, pour it into buckets or pans and carry it home.

Having long arms that could do this really quickly, i'd give a hand. One time i was doing this a girl brought her little brother in, pointed at me and started talking in one of the languages i didn't understand (the
villiage spoke 5 of them*) My host family starts cracking up.

"Alright, what was that about?

" She was telling her little brother "boys don't carry water? Look at him! He's the size of a bull and he's carrying water why can't you?"

*french, hasania arabic, suniki, wolof, and pulaar

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A couple weeks ago a friend of a friend asked me to take them to the Boundary Waters. It's short notice, but I had a small gap between summer and fall classes, so I agree. He's never been, has little to no camping experience and has only been in a canoe a couple times. Luckily, I had to write up a 4 page paper on how to plan a trip for a class last semester, so I just send him a copy, so he can start shopping and preparing himself.

I've been going to the BWCA for 30 years. Other than exchanging pleasantries at a portage, I've never had to interact with people up there. You might wave, or exchange a few words if you're both on land, but otherwise everyone keeps to themselves, since that's kind of the point of being there.

We use the Saganaga Lake entry and get a tow across the 2/3rds of the lake (saves about 4 hours of paddling and having to listen to boats zip past you). The lake is pretty big, just under 22 square miles, with a long east-west section. We're heading to the western point, so of course the wind is a stiff breeze blowing from east to west. It wasn't that much wind, but when it gets 5-10 miles of open lake, the waves start to get pretty big (for sitting in a canoe). From trough to peak, they're about 2 ft, with a lot of white caps.

As we're going, I'm explaining what I'm doing to him. Why I turn the canoe this way, then that way, how it's helping us and what about the wind/waves is making life difficult. Up ahead, maybe a mile or so, is a small group. Two people in a tandem canoe and one person in a solo. The person in the solo is clearly having a hard time. For one, we've easily gained a mile on them in about 20-30 minutes, but I can see the canoe basically twisting and turning constantly. As I'm pointing it out and talking about what is happening, the solo canoe tips and dumps the canoeist in the water.

I explain to my friend that we're going to try and help the guy out. I don't know what we're going to do exactly, but we'll do something. It takes us probably 10-15 minutes to close the gap. By this time the tandem canoe with his daughters (early 20's) has been able to turn around and make it back to him. I tell them to worry about their dad, I'll get his things out of the water. Having my friend steady us, I pull two 50 (+10 from water) lb packs into our canoe. Pulling weight like that is really unsteady, and we're in 2 ft waves. I basically just put both packs in my lap, and we paddle 3 more miles to the portage. They caught up eventually and got their stuff. We saw them from a distance a couple more times, but didn't interact any more after that.

Same day, we've made camp and are relaxing. The rules say you're supposed to use pre-made campsites, and only one group (ie, one permit) per site. We stopped early in the day, probably 3pm, so we could swim, nap and lounge around. It's now 7:30, we've had dinner and the Sun is starting to set. Justin asks me if I'd like to smoke while we watch it, and I agree. About that time there's a canoe with three women paddling around in the area. We smoke and I cough up a storm, cause I don't smoke very often, but I like to really feel it.

A few minutes later two young women walk up to us and ask if they can share the campsite. I'm kind of high, so I don't really care and say yes. This is super unusual. I've been taking trips here for 30 years and I've never asked or been asked to share a site before. It's three young women, early 20's.

Eventually we get to talking, none of them have ever been here before. They were supposed to have a fourth member, who had experience, but he had an apartment fire the night before and couldn't make it. With zero experience, they decided to go anyways. I spent the rest of the evening teaching them anything I could think of, like how to hang their food so a bear doesn't get it, a couple useful knots, how to read their map and find a campsite or portage, basic concepts for steering a canoe, etc.

The rest of the trip was uneventful, but that was an action packed first day.

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I freely admit I take a bit of perverse joy in watching non-woods lore folk bungle around, though, after a bit I feel bad and help them.

Hey...I am True Neutral...what were you expecting ;)

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I haven't seen our museum resident foxes for over a week. They might get scared by attempt to catch them and deliver them to a vet, one at the time. The cage/trap delivered by the vet was total crap - the doors, once sprung were hold in place by a piece of rather soft wire instead of strong spring. It might even not be a fox but a marten or a cat that entered the cage, sprung the door, and then forced its way out while lashing wildly.

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When I went back to college it was in upstate NY, known for its cold blowing winds because it's flat, farmland, and near the lakes.

I'm walking late (whistles innocently) to class and its gusting. I see a small girl in a very big coat in front of me get blown off her feet into the snowbank. As I get near she looks left, looks right, and starts shuffling along behind me in my wind shadow (i'm big enough to have one) and squeeks


Wasn't Oswego was it BNW? They are known for their insane wind gusts, snow banks and what have you.

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GM_Beernorg wrote:
Wasn't Oswego was it BNW? They are known for their insane wind gusts, snow banks and what have you.

Cayuga. About an hour away


That also makes plenty of sense.

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I use "my first ticonderoga pencils the big ones.

About once every other convention someone will borrow one. Pause. Look at the pencil. Look at me. and say something along the lines of

"... sitting next to you for three games now and didn't notice that wasn't a normal pencil "

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Large hands...large pencils (for dirty dirty folks ;P)

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One of the foxes was caught today and sent to a vet.

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The fox caged (facebook post of the main organizer of the "hunt").

My small contribution was putting this cage (yes, it's made out of mall trolley) in a join effort with the cage's creator into the car of lady from a foundation that helps animals, who drove that oversized rat red orphan to the vet.

Well done Drejk!

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The oak tree accross the street from me is having a bumper crop this year and started early. As in you need a hard hat to walk under it.

It just occured to me that the particular smell i always associate with fall is in fact acorns, not falling leaves.

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Early morning at the wolf center. Some of the neighbors had said that there was a pair of feral dogs seen in the nearby state park. So when i heard "ruff, ruff" I figured it might be them.

Ideally i could catch them and get them a hope. Acceptably i could shoo them off before they drive the wolves nuts.

ruff. ruff.

walking around the place, the sound keeps moving ahead of me.

ruff ruff.

Alright, this is the spot i heard it. I don't see any tracks, i don't see any dogs, it's an almost entirely open field...

From above my head

Ruff Ruff

Sitting on the branch is a raven. Doing a damned good dog impression.

I hope he never learned to repeat what i called him. Would have lead to some awkward conversations.

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BNW wrote:
...starts shuffling along behind me in my wind shadow (i'm big enough to have one)

I used to have people hide behind me at the bus stop in middle and high school to escape the wind. Nice to know I wasn't the only much larger than average person that has performed the "human wind break" role in life.

Beernorg wrote:
Large hands...large pencils (for dirty dirty folks ;P)

Funny but long story:

During a presentation back in high school my group was in charge of entertainment of the 19**. Boxing had become extremely popular in that decade which also served as a backdrop for racial tensions. Perfect, I decided to pick that and made a tri-fold board explaining boxing and the big fight I role-played that was happening tomorrow. (The idea to role-play that came from a female student and partner in the group that knew I played D&D)

Day of, teachers and the inactive groups this presentation rotation came visited each group. I explained the stances, how to hold your arms, make a fist, and throw a punch. One of the two teachers came by and I went through my spiel and I helped show her how to stand and square up. When I helped her form a fist she commented on the size of my hands, looking down at her hands she noticed my feet and commented on their size.

I said something like *Ma'am, I know how the saying ends. We can just stop right there."

It was only a week earlier that I had heard the end of that particular off-color saying from my, now, mother-in-law.

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Sitting on the branch is a raven. Doing a damned good dog impression.

I watched a video of a raven imitating a very loud "meow" to try and drive dogs crazy in a shelter once. As soon as the person looking at the bird was seen by the bird it quickly swapped to normal noises. Clever little buggers.

And there is a failure to balance the success. Apparently one of the four foxes was caught by someone else and put down.

Two more to be caught and saved.

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If its any consolation 50 50 is the best nature manages on a good day

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Drejk wrote:

The fox caged (facebook post of the main organizer of the "hunt").

My small contribution was putting this cage (yes, it's made out of mall trolley) in a join effort with the cage's creator into the car of lady from a foundation that helps animals, who drove that oversized rat red orphan to the vet.

Ow, poor thing. He really is mangy.

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The locusts have only gotten mother hasn't really noticed at her place because her tinnitus sounds exactly like locusts.

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The same fox at vet (short video on fb feed, the fox can be seen starting at 0:21)

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On Sunday I saw another fox on my way home from a local shop. The difference was staggering - the thick healthy fury, and much greater fear of humans.

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Did he say "chubacabra" ?

He is saying it wasn't chupacabra nor mutant, but a poor fox.

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So now that its dark earlier, episodes of Cat Netflix have been happening again.

The rats get something nice to eat when we go to bed, to keep them busy while we are asleep. This means increased activity in the cage.
We don't always have the curtains closed yet, so some of the neighborhood cats sit in the garden, intently watching the cage.

The rats are not impressed.

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When we had a rat in our lawn, one of the local hawks really, REALLY wanted to eat him. He'd camp out on our walkway railing for days waiting to see if he'd show up. He wouldn't even move when you walked by him and put your hand right next to him. He'd just give you a look to move faster the rat might be hiding behind you RIGHT NOW.

A very focused raptor...

What did you think of that whole Houston hawk deal?

You will have to elaborate Kryzbyn...

During the hurricane in Houston, a hawk flew into a taxi cab seeking shelter from the wind. The guy took it home and fed it. Seemed completely chill about the whole thing.
Not sure if he ever let it go, but he documented the experience on YouTube.

Ok, that is rather awesome, hope he let it go after, but good job cabbie, at least one raptor from the lone star state thinks you are the coolest pink monkey ever! ;)

The thing that got me was the attitude of the bird. He, to my knowledge, never acted with hostility towards the cabbie. I don't know if he instinctively saw the human as a "savior" or just didn't care as long as it felt safe and fed. It's kind of amazing.
That said, I don't know much about hawks in the wild or their normal behavior vs. people.
There's also a thing I've heard about birds in general and their ability to bond to a person they spend a lot of time around, to the exclusion of other people. Wonder if that had anything to do with it.
Here I am, having just turned 44, and nature still amazes me.

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Ahh, after the hurricane was over, he called in wildlife services folks to come get the bird. There's updates from them on his recovery posted on youtube as well. Looks like he was injured from the high winds, and he's since recovered and returned to the wild.
And he's a she. LOL.

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Nice! That makes me feel better actually, thanks Kryzbyn!

Harvey the Hurricane Hawk getting released.

The cab driver even got to be there to help let her go.

Yeah, that was pretty cool of them.

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Sitting on the ground in a state park in PA watching a porcupine come down the side of the road.

Like i've said, sitting budda style just breaks up your shape and makes you register as "object" not, human. At least i think that's whats going on. So the porcupine is reaching up, nibbling on the first buds of spring and comes right up to me. I kinda erm, take a branch that would be out of his reach and bend it down for him. He takes it, nibbles it, i repeat the procedure for about 15 minutes till i run out of budds in easy reach (trying not to take too many off of any one plant)

fun fact: you CAN pet a porcupine IF you go with the quills, and don't go anywhere near the end of the quills. There's a barb there running the other way and its very easy to stick that into flesh.

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More fun in africa...

As mentioned, the village spoke about 5 languages. Everyone was a linguist who knew at least 3. So it was pretty rare that anyone couldn't talk to someone else through, at most 1 friend.

Cept the people that only spoke french, or worse, english.

Most adults either found charades undignified or just didn't understand the concept. (was never really sure which). So you'd sometimes wind up with a kid "translating" a message from an adult standing next to you, or sent as a messenger from accros town.

So a kid comes up to me, points to my pocket, and makes a come with gesture. I'd never seen any begging at all, so i made the universal shoulder shrug of "eh what?"

Kid puts her hands on her head, "baaaaas" snip snip, wrapping motion.

Okay, this has to be interesting...

Follow her over to the garden. Old islamic law: farmers responsible for their own crops during the day, herders are responsible for the farmers crops at night. With as many goats as there are, means you need to fence in your crops, or you won't have crops.

Cue one enterprising goat with one arm, his head, and a shoulder tangled up in a fence trying to stick his tongue out and get just one more inch of a cassava? leaf.

Apparently the folks had seem me use a multi tool often enough that they knew i always had one. And could cut the goat out and tie the fence back together.

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Ah. Goats.

Our goats had a thing for the leaves of the pear tree. Never had to rake those in fall. The goats ate them up like chocolate.

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