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Patti Smith
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Naturalist, writer, wildlife rehabillitator
Naturalist, writer, wildlife rehabillitator

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Burdock at two!
Unlike beavers, squirrels, chickadees, and many other species of wildlife, porcupines often have such distinctive appearances that individuals can be recognized. The last time I saw Burdock, the porcupette I had fostered, he was a month shy of his first bir...

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Snacks from heaven
Upon returning from overseas adventures, I set out to see how the Jenny Lake beavers were faring—Dew and her small kit Charlie, and Dew's mate, Ilex. When I neared the pond, I found Charlie's tracks wandering through the woods and meadows downstream from th...

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Beavers in the snow
Cold, blustery night, and a change of season. The aged beaver Willow (right) and her young beau enjoy a Thanksgiving Week feast. From their pond I continue over the ridge to Jenny Lake, where I find. . . Willow's daughter Dew and the kit. I stay for a picni...

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Charlie ashore!
I have had a hard time photographing the new kit. I always get to the pond after dark, and Charlie is a skittish little thing (which is good), so he doesn't come ashore near me, and always dunks back into the lodge as soon as he grabs an apple. On my last t...

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Beaver Deceiver in action!
I joined Skip Lisle today to protect the overflow pipe on Patricia Greenwood's backyard pond. Skip did some amazing problem solving, installing a flow device in deep water so that Splash the beaver can remain in his new home and finish preparing for winter....

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Beaver kit squeaks
The very late-in-the year beaver kit, comes out at dusk and talks with her mother, Dew, who is eating an apple.

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Sylvia
On September 18, I drove to Springfield to pick up a porcupine who had been hit by a car. The poor porcupine survived the first night, and managed to sit up the next day. She has been recovering steadily over the past week, but needs help eating because one...

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Thistle's nightly visit
While I was feeding Sylvia at 8 pm, Thistle arrived at the enclosure. He was very interested in Sylvia and snuffled and hummed pleasant greetings. She ignored him. He had a couple of small quills stuck in his nose, which I managed to pull out—evidence that ...
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