The One and Only Outer Banks Big Day

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We ended with 7 species of mammal, including River Otter, Gray Fox, and Marsh Rabbit, but the highlight may have been a little Canebrake Rattlesnake crossing the road at the Bodie Island lighthouse, a lifer herp for me. Canebrake Rattlesnake, the coastal subspecies of Timber Rattlesnake. 5:15 am is never easy to see, but I rolled out of bed regardless.

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There’s More to Birding than Birds

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But the wilds of Nevada revealed rattlesnakes, lizards (OK, the lizards didn’t seem that dangerous), and more than one mama cow who stared us down when our vehicles got too close to a calf. Much like Carrie’s recent experiences being hoodwinked by non-bird sources of birdy-sounding calls , I’ve had my share of animal encounters out in the field. In New York and Chicago, they’ve been pretty mundane—a White-tailed Deer here, an Eastern Cottontail rabbit there.

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Fizzle’s Story

4 The Love Of Animals

But mean as a rattlesnake,” Barb’s sister said. Hi, I’m Debra Stang , author of Hospice Tails and guest writer for today’s blog. Hospice Tails is a series of true stories about my experiences with pets and patients as a hospice social worker. Although I adore my own cats, I had not realized what an important role animals can play as life draws to a close. They are the comic relief, the furry shoulder when you need to cry, and the pain medicine when it all seems unbearable.

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A Sunday morning cartoon memory

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They are quite capable of killing and eating the venomous rattlesnakes of this desert region. The Greater Roadrunner , Geococcyx, californianus , an iconic bird that is the symbol of many Native American, and Mexican legends. This speedy ground dwelling birds namesake has been used for a popular American car model, and without question, one of the all time great Sunday morning cartoons that we all grew up with.

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What is the State Bird of New Mexico?

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Rattlesnakes are fair game, as are other reptiles, scorpions, frogs, birds, and insects. I saw my first real Greater Roadrunner on a cold winter day in the Southwest. Walking along a dirt track next to a prairie, my friend and I were on the look-out for different sparrow species when a large bird suddenly darted into the clearing. It was large, almost two feet long with a tan look that matched the meadow grasses.

Orlando’s Other Magic Kingdom

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Instead I stumbled upon this little Pigmy Rattlesnake, of the dark Florida barbouri subspecies. People, and by that I mean the general population, come to Orlando typically for one reason only. Amusement parks. The great crush of humanity that accompanies any visit to one of these world-famous destinations has never been my cup of tea. It’s stressful, and can turn even the most mild-mannered civilian into a raging misanthrope.

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Cerulean Warblers at Doodletown Road

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Maybe you are hoping for an encounter with Crotalus horridus , otherwise known as the Timber Rattlesnake ? There are many reasons to visit Doodletown Road in Bear Mountain State Park, a jewel of a park in Rockland County, New York. Perhaps it is the history of Doodletown that interests you? Or could the steep uphill climb be what entices you out of your air conditioning?

Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery: Heir Apparent Mexican Spiced Imperial Stout

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A closer look reveals our seemingly sweet little cardinal is clutching a small green rattlesnake in its beak, making the image a little less “Christmas card” and more an obvious sendup of the national coat of arms of Mexico. And, like our cardinal, it’s devouring a rattlesnake, an allusion to an old Aztec legend about the founding of their capital Tenochtitlan.

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Visitors on the Range

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There are also rattlesnakes, amazing views, fascinating tales of history and prehistory, and of course, many birds. As the name suggests, the National Bison Range is mostly known for its large mammals. Besides the American bison that the refuge was founded to protect, there are pronghorns, elk, bighorn sheep, mule and white-tailed deer, and black bears. Are the bison the stars of the show, or is the real star the range itself? It’s hard to say.

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