Roar~

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When thousands of snow geese,
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rise,

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they roar!

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Like massive waterfalls,

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they drown all sound,

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but for the beating thrum of thousands of wings.
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They blanket the sky,
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blocking the sun,
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with blinding white,

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generating their own radiant light!

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Cheers to you from the wintering snow geese at The Salton Sea~

Owled Again~

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Burrowing Owl populations in San Diego County have been sharply depleted by extensive development and are at risk for local extinction.
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In San Diego they are a protected species under the Multi-Species Protection Act, and are protected by state and federal wildlife agencies.
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The Living Coast Discovery Center in The San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge is breeding these remarkable little owls and visitors can get up close and personal with these very curious creatures which is an incredible experience.
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In the wild Burrowing Owls live mostly in squirrel and gopher burrows, often sharing space with their furry room mates.
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The most reliable place to view Borrowing Owls in the wild in Southern California is at The Sony Bono Nature Preserve at The Salton Sea.
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Artificial burrows have been set up here where you can watch the owls and their nests in the wild which is quite fascinating!
Cheers to you from the curious and way too cute Burrowing Owls~
For More Information on the depletion of Burrowing Owls in San Diego County see:

http://sdplantatlas.org/ge_files/pdf/Burrowing%20Owl.pdf

Green Sea Turtle Refuge~

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San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge has a residential group of approximately 60 protected Eastern Pacific Green Sea Turtles. No one knows how they got here, but it is assumed they were caught many decades ago in Mexico, brought to the bay alive, and escaped from fishing pens, prior to being slaughtered. They settled successfully in the bay due to waters that are artificially warmed by nearby industry.

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This is the only area on the west coast of the US where green sea turtles are known to congregate and thrive.
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These turtles are an endangered species due to habitat destruction, illegal poaching, inadvertent fish netting, boat strikes, and plastic ingestion.
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San Diego Bay Wildlife Refuge is one of the few safe sanctuaries for these peaceful and VERY large turtles. The largest turtle ever measured here weighed 530 lbs, which is the largest known green turtle in the Eastern Pacific.
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There is a rehab, rescue and education center in the refuge, where injured and rescued native wildlife are cared for, including a small number of green sea turtles. The center provides education on the pressing need for conservation of native species and is open to visitors.

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I was amazed at how friendly the turtles are!
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They swim to the sides of their plexiglass tank to interact and seem genuinely happy to goof around with you!
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Cheers to you from the magnificent, goofy & gregarious, seriously endangered Pacific Green Sea Turtles.
Do you want to imagine the world without them? Do you want the Trump administration to repeal existing environmental and vulnerable species protections?
I’d love to hear your thoughts.

For more info: https://swfsc.noaa.gov/textblock.aspx?Division=PRD&ParentMenuId=212&id=4378

Pike Place Paradise~

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Seattle’s Pike Place Market is a browsing, and eating paradise.
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Could you resist buying from this cow? I couldn’t. I think the bedazzled pink tennis shoes are an especially nice touch and I think all cows should have them. 🐮🐮🐮
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The quantity of stunning flowers, particularly the dahlias, are incredible.
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The produce, fish and food stalls, will keep you occupied and eating for hours. Don’t eat before you visit here!
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There is a Miss Biggy-Piggy for messages,
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and lovely places to eat outdoors and watch the ships sail in to port.
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Don’t miss The Giant Shoe Museum (actually you could, but don’t tell anyone I said this).
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There are many stalls to explore filled with handmade art like these detailed miniature flowers in their tiny pots (click to enlarge and see the detail).
Cheers to you from the enticing Pikes Place Market~

Salton Sea Shorebirds~

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Snowy Egret hunting for dinner,

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plunges his beak,
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and pulls out a fish!
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Night Herons, White Faced Ibis, Snowy Egrets and Great White Herons, block my path!

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424 different bird species have been identified at The Salton Sea, including this handsome Snowy Egret with striped stocking legs.
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The placid Black Bellied Plover eats bugs in the sand,
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while White Pelicans lumber off as I near.
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They soon skid back,
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flashing irked looks my way!
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Great Blue Herons watch as if saying, “I’m a very big bird, you better be careful, if you come my way!”
Cheers to you from the wintering shorebirds at The Salton Sea~

Noël Nouvelet~

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Noël chantons ici (listen while you look!)

devotes gens,
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crions a Dieu merci
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Chantons Noël pour le Roi nouvelet
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Noël nouvelet Noël chantons ici.
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May the spirit of the season bring cheers to you now and in the coming year~

Happy Holler Christmas to You!

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Folks at The Holler celebrate Christmas in a Big Way!
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One of our neighbors fills their multiple acre property with hundreds of decorations.
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Each year there are more!
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Many of them have moving parts. There is a almost life size Santa flown airplane with a runway that lands!
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Some are twenty feet tall and the lighted trees are taller!
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And this is all done by one Hollerite family!
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Christmas is serious out here. I think the coyotes are impressed because they don’t chew the electric cables and coyotes chew EVERYTHING!
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To be honest I get the Christmas bug too…..
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But not to the same impressive degree!
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Happy Holler Christmas to you and yours!