Happy National Puppy Day!
Enjoy a photo of our pup at about 8 weeks old! ❤️
Happy National Puppy Day!
Enjoy a photo of our pup at about 8 weeks old! ❤️
With the ongoing stress of Covid, wildfires, the upcoming elections, and distance learning, I often catch myself dreaming about green sea turtles.
Green sea turtles are known for their grace in the water, their big beautiful shells, and those huge gentle eyes. Those eyes can definitely talk to you!
Green sea turtles can weigh over 700 pounds making them the largest of the hardshell sea turtles. They can swim up to 35 miles per hour. Green sea turtles can also hold their breathe for hours at time.
It’s like going on vacation picturing these animals swimming through some deep blue waters. I follow those large dark eyes. I can see their large flippers paddling with ease. The flippers tilt up like a victory sign in the deep waters.
I’ll take that victory sign and hang on to it. Find your animal and take that vision to somewhere peaceful and calm.
Today marks the International Unicorn Day! 🦄
We could use a bit a magic these days. Take a moment and create your own magic today to celebrate!
Happy International Unicorn Day! 🦄😊
On this February day, I sit distracted by thinking about bison jams. Yes, I said bison jams.
Last summer, we visited Yellowstone National Park and experienced (more than once) bison jams. If you ever visit this national park (while I highly recommend), you are bound to encounter this unique situation along on the park roads. It is literally what the name suggests – a bison (or many) strolling along the road causing traffic to pause or stop for some time.
These large animals will walk in front of your car, next to the car, or behind your car. They don’t have watches, so do not care about their pace or time of the day. They might play follow the leader or might butt heads. They might pause for a bite to eat next the road. They might even sit down for a nap.
Bison are amazing creatures. One of my favorites! American male bison weigh around 2,000 pounds! Also, did you know that these huge mammals can run up to 35 mph? I wrote a previous blog about bison last year that you can read here if you’re interested in more bison information.
As I sit at my computer here, I keep picturing those bison jams from last summer. It’s a really amazing experience to have such a mammoth creature stroll by your car.
You can hear them breathe and snort. Our children could not believe these animals surrounded all these cars and just kept on their hike down the road.
I wonder what these animals think seeing all these cars with people inside holding some rectangle gadgets by the windows. I wonder if the bison like the paved roads or miss the entire area being unpaved. I wonder what bison dream about.
Back from my wonderings and dreams, go check out these unique visitor experiences in Yellowstone National Park. Trust me, it will stick with you beyond the moment.
While I love a number of animals, I wanted to briefly highlight one of my favorites today. And one that I am hoping hoping hoping to get a glimpse of on our next trip to Yellowstone National Park. I am talking about grizzly bears. Good job if you read the title to this blog post and guessed it! 😉
Today, grizzly bears only live in western Canada and northwestern United States. Grizzlies once roamed North America from Mexico on up to Alaska and from California across to the Great Plains. Grizzlies gained protection in 1975 by getting listed on the Endangered Species Act.
These massive animals are a subspecies of the brown bear. Grizzlies weigh around 700 pounds and on their hind legs can stand about 8 feet tall. That’s huge! Yet, about 75% of their diet comes from berries. That’s a lot of berries every day to keep these big bears happy! In addition to their grand size, their color ranges from very light tan to dark brown. They have a very large shoulder hump and extremely long claws.
Grizzlies surprise many people with their agility and speed as well as with their intelligence. Grizzlies can run up to 40 mph! In addition, grizzlies have a strong intellect and solid memory!
Did you know that the mama grizzlies give birth during hibernation? I cannot imagine giving birth in a winter den! They are some strong females! And these mamas fiercely protect their cubs! I know that many mothers out there can relate to fiercely protecting our children. I definitely channel my inner grizzly at times!
Humans stand as the main predator of grizzlies. These very intelligent and unique animals play a huge role in our ecosystem and deserve to stick around for our future generations. I love that our national parks provide a safe place for these beautiful animals (as well as many other animals)! And I’m crossing my fingers to see one (at a safe distance) during our next trip to Yellowstone National Park!
For lots more information on grizzly bears, click here.
Happy World Turtle Day!
American Tortoise Rescue, a nonprofit organization, created this day 17 years ago to help people celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world.
Turtles are the most endangered group of vertebrates in the world. Of the 356 species of turtles and tortoises worldwide, about 61% of them are threatened or already extinct.
Adopt a turtle instead of buying one from the pet shops. Never remove or touch a turtle in the wild (unless they are sick or injured). If a tortoise is crossing a busy street, pick it up, and send it in the same direction it was going – if you try to make it go back, it will turn right around again. Report any illegal sales of turtles or tortoises to animal control. Consider supporting of one the many nonprofit organizations out there working to protect these important animals to our world.
Happy World Turtle Day! 🐢
When you think about our national parks, what do you think about? Many people will say the wildlife. Our national parks contain some amazing animals – on land, in the water, or even in our skies! One of these amazing animals really awed me the first time seeing them – bison!
When you think about the American West, you can’t help but think about the American bison.
I will never forget driving into Yellowstone National Park and seeing my first herd of bison there. They are such large, beautiful creatures. American male bison weigh around 2,000 pounds! Also, did you know that these huge mammals can run up to 35 mph?
It’s also pretty cool to think that these bison have lived in Yellowstone continuously since prehistoric times. Millions used to roam North America along all parts of it.
So, are they called bison or buffalo? Americans often refer to these creatures as buffalo. Technically, they are bison. Bison fall into the same scientific family group as the Asian water buffalo and the African cape buffalo. Back when European explorers came to America and saw the bison and thought that they looked similar to the Old World buffalo, so started calling them buffalo. Yet, technically they are bison here in America. Buffalo in Africa and Asia do not have a large hump by their shoulders that the bison have here.
The American bison have endured many challenges over the years. In particular, hunting and poaching dwindled their numbers down to about two dozen left. Over many years, national park employees worked hard to bring the bison numbers back up in Yellowstone and avoid extinction. These great animals still face challenges today, but the goals still exist to protect and best manage these mammals.
In 2016, bison were declared our national mammal because they are a symbol of wild America, an important part of our heritage, and a key player in an ecosystem that’s much larger than a national park.
During your next trip to Yellowstone National Park, remember that bison are wild animals. According to the NPS, bison have injured more people in Yellowstone than any other animal there. Stay at least 25 yards away from bison (if not more) as these great creatures can be unpredictable and run fast!
I can’t wait to see this great creature again out in the wild and roaming through the valleys of Yellowstone National Park!