It’s the last day of the year; time to reminisce. The woods are a good place for it, especially on a foggy morning. There were some good parts but also tough parts this year especially towards the end with Ms. Zulu going to the rainbow bridge. New seeds are bound to sprout from that which no longer is. We hope that the new year will bring lots of happy new beginnings for all beings small and tall, young and old. Be kind towards one another as well as yourself.
B & A
Wake-up, Wake-up! It’s another beautiful morning and Earth Day! We had a nice walk in the woods. As you can see the Pinecone Forest in our neck of the woods is recovering nicely from a dangerous affair. Hope you get to enjoy the outdoors today too.
Relish the sounds of nature
The ZAB team
First of all, thank you all for your concerns regarding my oops incident. I’m fully recovered and there seem to be no side effects of almost swallowing a non-edible furry thing. A little bit of advice to you canines and felines out there: don’t eat them. Now that is all behind us I can give you an update on the dangerous affair I reported on in March. Go to the links if you need to refresh your minds.
Yesterday I patrolled the perimeter again to see how the Pinecone Forest is doing. As always I took Ms. Zulu, my lovely mentor and counselor, with me. I am happy to report that the palm trees, palmettos, wiregrass, and pine trees are doing well. We should have an excellent pinecone harvest later this year. My chauffeur/ cook/ photographer/ you know who I am talking about, took some photos so you can see for yourself. There is one photo that shows the difference between a site that was burned in 2013 for the last time and one that was burned in March of this year. The gopher tortoises that we are trying to shelter should be happy as a clam as their home site is getting restored.
On watch duty
Lots of greens again
The forest is restoring
Compare the burned (r) and not burned (l) side
Wishing you a happy weekend, don’t burn down the house/ forest,
Fire in the hole!
Good news, the dangerous affair is behind us. I have to say good supervision was much needed and Ms. Zulu and I were happy to help with that. All authorities, including the forester, were happy.
Apparently, prescribed burns have been done around headquarters almost on a yearly basis since 2003. The burns promote the regeneration of long leaf pine forest ecosystem. This ecosystem is considered optimal habitat for the Gopher Tortoise which is a threatened species. And the Gopher Tortoise burrows provide prime real estate for over 300 other species! So headquarters provides shelter to lots of species besides the canine ones. Who would have known?
The day after we had to walk the borders to make sure that none of the fire had escaped. Lots of sniffing on our end showed us that all was clear. So today we can rest well.
No escapees here
We can rest