Cacti in the Wichitas

Nature

On a trip to the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge, I was in awe at the number of different cacti species.  Growing up in Georgia, you don’t see many cacti, unless they are potted in your house.  Thanks to my mom, I got my love of this prickly plant in just this way.  She grew up enjoying tiny potted cacti on the windowsill, and she did the same with me as a kid.  Therefore, these plants are one of my favorite parts of hiking Elk Mountain in the Wichitas.

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Prairie Dog Press Release

Featured, Wildlife

I am so thrilled to see my prairie dog photo in a press release from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife!  Prairie dog towns give shelter and food to many other species of wildlife, and rangers created a colony for prairie dogs in the Canton Wildlife Management Area.

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On the Prairie – Part 2

Wildlife

I love prairie dogs.  Never before have I seen an animal that so obviously works as a part of a community.

“Welcome to our humble abode.”

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“Oh hey, looks like we’ve got company.  You guard that back entrance, and I’ll keep watch up front.”

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“What do you think you’re looking at?”

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“Did you hear about Lucy?” (And yes, I know prairie dogs don’t usually have names, but they definitely do act like they’re gossiping!)

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Thanks to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge for making a space for these prairie dogs to burrow, play, eat, and gossip.  They sure are entertaining!

(c) Website and all images copyright Kaitlin Taylor 2014