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Snapping turtles: sharing the road

May 15th, 2010 | By
Snapping turtles: sharing the road

Out here in the boonies, it’s common to see box turtles crossing the road.  Now and then I happen upon a damp, dirty snapping turtle crossing ground in search of a different water hole — hopefully not one where my ducks like to swim.  Usually these snappers take a direct route, but a couple days ago
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Away and back again

Apr 20th, 2010 | By
Away and back again

I’m back from a rare weekend spent away from family and the farm, and with one more full night of sleep, I might be recovered.  Each April, I journey north for a weekend writer’s retreat, and it is one of the highlights of my spring.  As much as I love my life here on the farm, sometimes I crave the
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Save the turtles

Apr 17th, 2010 | By
Save the turtles

A few weeks ago, the box turtles emerged from their long winter’s nap underground.  I found this ornate box turtle not long after it had dragged itself out into the bright spring sunlight.  The mud hadn’t yet dried on part of its shell. It didn’t seem happy about being there.   The bright light probably hurt
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