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Several weeks ago my wife Becka and I celebrated our anniversary by spending an afternoon at the Western North Carolina Nature Center that features animals native to the Appalachians. We really enjoyed it and recommend it to others. Here are a few pictures from our visit....

They had two black bears - here's one of them...

They had white-tailed deer...

... and turkeys...

One of the bobcats was way up in a tree. I was able to zoom in on him....

We were glad that there was thick glass between us and the wolves!

chickadee update...

Here's what the wildlife in our back yard looks like as of this afternoon....

It's absolutely amazing how much they have grown in just three days! You can look at the picture in the blog post before this one to see the difference.

In keeping with today's wildlife theme, here are several humorous reports.

According to the Knight-Ridder News Service, the inscription on the metal bands used by the U.S. Department of the Interior to tag migratory birds has been changed. The bands used to bear the address of the Washington Biological Survey, abbreviated "Wash. Biol. Surv." until the agency received the following letter from an Arkansas camper:

"Dear Sirs:
While camping last week I shot one of your birds. I think it was a crow. I followed the cooking instructions on the leg tag and I want to tell you it was horrible."

The bands are now marked Fish and Wildlife Service.


From note found posted on a trail in Colorado:


The Colorado State Department of Fish and Wildlife is advising hikers, hunters, and golfers to take extra precautions and keep alert of bears while in the area. We advise that people wear noise producing devices such as little bells on their clothing to alert but not startle the bears unexpectedly. We also advise you to carry pepper spray in case of an encounter with a bear.

It is also a good idea to watch for fresh signs of bear activity. People should recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear droppings. Black bear droppings are smaller and contain berries and possibly squirrel fur. Grizzly bear droppings have little bells in them and smell like pepper.


"Telling people the truth is more important than getting along with them. But be sure to tell the truth in love." - Mike Knight

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Where do forest rangers go to "get away from it all"?

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5 Comments on “Wildlife”

  1. #1 Lara
    on Apr 25th, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Some spammers did the same thing to me. The only thing a webmaster can do is filter out the bounce messages and block e-mail going to your domain except for your addresses you specifically select. Chances are these creeps aren’t just using your username, they’re also sending out a bunch of garbage from random usernames at ivman.com. I don’t have any real advice for you, but you do have my sympathy because I’m right there with you.

  2. #2 Rob
    on Apr 27th, 2008 at 6:04 am

    Bonjour Lara!
    One of my readers wrote to say that the e-mail spoofs come only to me. She has several online businesses and has to deal with this regularly. I guess they do it so that you don’t them filter out – after all, who would want to block “mail from oneself”? She said just delete it and forget it.

  3. #3 David Lowry
    on Apr 28th, 2008 at 9:38 am

    I would guess someone who has your address in their address book probably got a spam-sending virus. There’s really nothing you can do. If you change your e-mail address, chances are that the same person’s computer will start sending e-mail from the new address.

  4. #4 Heather
    on Apr 29th, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    Hmmm… If you would only move to norhtern WI, you would never have to leave your backyard to see these animals. I think it’s been a while since I’ve seen a wolf, but we hear them! Not to mention that last fall, we hit a bear one month and a deer the next (my poor ‘import’ from SC!)… so we are well acquainted with nature!

  5. #5 Dave
    on Aug 7th, 2009 at 8:09 am

    Interesting history behind the Wash. Biol. Surv…. In the 1920’s tags were used that had a typo and instead of “Biol.” it read “Boil.” With that understanding, I guess it’s understandable that someone would do that.

    Contact the zoo you mentioned and let them know you require commission. I’m going to visit it!

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