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User Image lanadeathray Posted: Mar 3, 2018 8:00 PM (UTC)
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User Image lanadeathray Posted: Mar 20, 2018 6:23 PM (UTC)

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🐋🦋GREATLY NEEDED 🐬🐟 Desperately seeking a TALL TOPPER for my 1989 Ford F-150. Truck is a 6.5 ft SHORT BED. (83"L x 68-70"W) Preferably with no leaks and all windows intact. Extra bonus points if it has a cab window. Ford Ranger and Chevy short bed toppers will not work. I'm grateful for any leads but please don't waste both of our time by sending me 8 foot bed toppers or the short toppers. I have no issue finding those and I have zero use for them. Thank y'all so much for paying attention to this pressing matter- and please share!!!
User Image lanadeathray Posted: Mar 17, 2018 8:47 PM (UTC)

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This week I've been overwhelmed by the incredible amounts of support, wisdom, and generosity from my friends. A couple in particular are @thecornerworkbench & @anvilgoods - they not only shared their scotch whiskeys, truck tips, and adorable cat Lucy but also gave me these lovely cutting boards they handmade and oiled. I was so touched by their thoughtfulness- I've been lusting after these since they started creating them. Such talented, honest, and kind folks- seriously check out their stunning craftsmanship. A cut above the rest. 😜 Seriously though, great friends are few and are hard to come by; I'm super lucky to have so many! ❤️🍀
User Image lanadeathray Posted: Mar 15, 2018 4:25 PM (UTC)
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East Channel Lighthouse, built in 1868. I stood in the middle of Lake Superior to take this as the ice by the shore was not stable.
User Image lanadeathray Posted: Mar 13, 2018 12:09 AM (UTC)

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In my last year of life, I started school again, got my motorcycle license, and bought my dear Topanga. This year of my birth began with buying a ferry ticket for Topanga and I to Sitka, Alaska! Over the moon cheese cheesing that despite the odds and my self-doubt, I will be the Alaska Raptor Center's Wildlife Caretaker & Interpreter from May 1 until October. I'm thrilled to learn and experience so much more through this amazing nature and rehabilitation center that is situated in the Tongass Rainforest. Not to mention I will garnish experience working with native Alaskan wildlife, including a lot of BALD EAGLES! Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me and my literal wild dreams! (Especially Lori from Blandford ❤️) I couldn't have gotten to this point without any of you. I'm going to miss the heck out of everything and everyone in Michigan, namely BNC's animal ambassadors, such as this beautiful Barred lady named Baby. Pretty grateful for the life I'm living. See y'all in the fall! ❤️
User Image lanadeathray Posted: Mar 8, 2018 6:07 PM (UTC)

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Super sketchy to cross a frozen lake when it's above freezing. Definitely worth every terrifying step.
User Image lanadeathray Posted: Mar 8, 2018 6:05 PM (UTC)

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These icicles were over 3 stories high!
User Image lanadeathray Posted: Mar 7, 2018 11:54 PM (UTC)

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Grand Island in the winter. About 5 miles out on Lake Superior.
User Image lanadeathray Posted: Mar 4, 2018 2:25 PM (UTC)

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One of the reasons owls are such lethal and formidable predators is their completely silent flight. Prey often will be snatched away in surprise, oblivious of the impending doom until it's too late. So why are owls so good at keeping quiet compared to other birds? A huge factor are their velvety feathers that reduce and absorb sound. The leading edge of the feather has a comb-like appearance that breaks down the air turbulence into micro-turbulences. These teeny serrated edges effectively stop the sound of air from traveling over the wings surface, making them completely inaudible to their victims. The more hoo know!
User Image lanadeathray Posted: Mar 3, 2018 8:00 PM (UTC)
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User Image lanadeathray Posted: Feb 27, 2018 8:13 PM (UTC)
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Holy moly, it's 60 degrees in Grand Rapids! Perfect day for trail walking and enrichment with Baby the non-releasable Barred Owl. Blandford has over 250 acres of trails to roam and many opportunities to see native wildlife. Today we saw 12 deer, 3 chipmunks, 2 red-headed woodpeckers, and a robin! Baby thoroughly enjoyed watching all the critters and I thoroughly enjoyed Baby's windswept look. 😂 The more hoo know!
User Image lanadeathray Posted: Feb 26, 2018 3:19 PM (UTC)
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First waterfall of the weekend didn't disappoint; we had the whole sandstone valley to ourselves.
User Image lanadeathray Posted: Feb 22, 2018 11:20 PM (UTC)
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Feeling very fashionable after getting my prescribed burn certification! Why start a fire? What if I told you that prescribed burns actually prevent wildfires? You probably think I'm crazy but I'm not. Actually, suppressing low intensity natural fires leads to huge, uncontrollable wildfires. Why? Fire plays a huge role in our ecosystem- by having periodic burns, it eliminates excessive invasive species such as trees, shrubs, and brush (fuel), encourage new native vegetation growth, and maintain wildlife and plant populations. A lot of ecosystems rely on fire to grow or release their seeds- such as Giant Sequoias. It doesn't damage large trees and they take a lot of precautions to evacuate as much wildlife as possible. I'm super excited to participate in my first prescribed burns this Spring and help restore some unhealthy ecosystems back to their original splendor. 🔥🌾🔥
User Image lanadeathray Posted: Feb 20, 2018 11:37 PM (UTC)

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I am often asked which is my favorite bird to interact with and always have such a hard time answering that question. But after years of volunteering at Blandford, I have become quite fond of Baby the Barred Owl and her unpredictable, feisty ways. Baby is a unique ambassador because she is perfectly healthy and can fly. She initially came to BNC after she was abandoned by her parents because she was born blind (or with juvenile cataracts.) Without her sight, she wouldn't stand a chance in the wild and her parents recognized this. But, after living at Blandford for over 2 years, Baby regained her vision. This does not mean we could release her though; as she is now "imprinted". That means she relies on humans to feed her and is not afraid of us (hence her attitude). If you release imprinted animals, you risk not only harming the animal but harming humans too. Another reason to keep wildlife in the wild and not as pets. The more hoo know!
User Image lanadeathray Posted: Feb 20, 2018 9:35 PM (UTC)

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Feeling a little goofy posting all of these pictures of myself but ignore me and be in awe of @consciousclothing 's beautiful spring pieces. Not only are they all sustainably handmade but they only use eco-friendly, biodegradable, and low-impact materials like hemp, organic cotton and linen, and recycled canvas. We have grown so dependent on large clothing chains that pollute our earth and wildlife. Conscious Clothing is a breath of fresh air in a world full of consumption. Did I mention they not only create these masterpieces but also make their own dye and dye the material as well? Each piece is truly unique and a work of art. I highly encourage you to take a gander at the whole collection. Trust me: you will fall in love. I encourage you to support local and sustainable business!!! ❤️
User Image lanadeathray Posted: Feb 15, 2018 6:13 PM (UTC)

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Dr. Whoo the non-releasable Eastern Screech Owl slouching on one of our trail walks. Dr. Whoo came to Blandford after being the unfortunate victim of a chainsaw. Someone was cutting down a tree and didn't see him until it was too late. Thankfully, they brought him to BNC & they were able to treat him but were unable to save part of his wing and several toes. (Hence his slouching on the glove!) Due to his injuries, we use him as a educational ambassador to teach folks about his species & remind them to double check trees for wildlife before cutting, especially dead ones. (Dead trees are a home and habitat for many animals) And now hoo know!
User Image lanadeathray Posted: Feb 14, 2018 12:40 AM (UTC)

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Here's a picture of me after gaining 2,300 feet in elevation. (That green fuzzy 'moss' below are pine trees) @znaggletooth & I awoke before 5 am to beat the heat and crowds of Zion. The sun had just started creep into the valleys when we reached the top, and we had the luxury of soaking up the view and eating our breakfast in seclusion. Can't wait to get back out West again for more of the best breakfast spots in the world! 🥓🏜🍳
User Image lanadeathray Posted: Feb 3, 2018 10:51 PM (UTC)

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I dunno if I told y'all on here but I counted my plants last week and I have 69 babies. 🌿 And more propagating! This is what happens when you don't have a pet 😆 Oh well, at least I'm not short on oxygen!
User Image lanadeathray Posted: Feb 1, 2018 4:41 PM (UTC)
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Here are some really amazing pictures of Baby the Barred Owl and Mr. Bean the Saw Whet (and a very exhausted Ms Britainy) from Nature Day a couple weeks ago. I was floored by how many families and nature lovers attended! There was never a moment when I wasn't completely surrounded by excited children and their parents. I actually lost my voice giving out animal facts. Thank you so much to everyone who came out and got to interact with and learn about the wildlife. Without your support, places like Blandford Nature Center would not exist! ❤️ Educator face captured by Adam McKeague
User Image lanadeathray Posted: Jan 31, 2018 12:38 AM (UTC)
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Burt the Long-Eared Owl is another animal ambassador here at Blandford Nature Center. These guys appear to be constantly surprised due to their ear tufts, which are actually just long feathers! Their ears are located on either side of their head. These tufts help them look more like a tree branch, in addition to their cryptically marked feathers. Owls are masters at camouflage! And now hoo know!
User Image lanadeathray Posted: Jan 19, 2018 7:23 PM (UTC)

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flash back friday to the sun directly above me on the valley floor of yosemite, 112 degrees.