Archive for June 2017

June 2017: Hallelujah Hal Steals Our Hearts

  I wonder if osprey romances are anything like human romances. It is a total mystery why some people “click” and others do not. Falling in love is an inexplicable force of nature that has, thus far, defied psychologists and neuroscientists alike. Our falling head over heels seldom has anything to do with practical reasons.…

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June 2017: The Original Ozzie Osprey

    Even before installing the web camera above the ospreys’ nest at Dunrovin, we had referred to the mating pair as Ozzie and Harriet. Our ground-level view did not afford us the opportunity to really get to know the birds as individuals. We occasionally used our binoculars or spotting scope to really bring them…

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June 2017: Father’s Favorite Wildflower

    During the month of June, my mind is frequently on my father, William Lonzo Goodman. He was born on June 15, 1917, and, of course, we celebrate Father’s Day during June, occasionally on his birthdate. June is also the time when Montana mountains burst forth with wildflowers, much to my father’s delight. June…

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June 2017: Canner’s Story – Chapter Four: Recovery

  Canner’s Story by Mackenzie Cole CHAPTER FOUR: RECOVERY   Canner has stayed at Dunrovin, to both of our benefits. The following are some highlights from our work there. Unfortunately, his biggest hurdle remains being a happy loader. Fortunately, I’ve enlisted some new help with that problem and hope that this will be the year Canner…

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June 2017: Canner’s Story – Chapter Three: Gifts

  Canner’s Story by Mackenzie Cole CHAPTER THREE: GIFTS Stan took the rest of the horses into the backcountry that fall and I started to take more and more responsibility for Canner. The winter went by fast for me as I worked on my thesis for grad school and visited Canner between the long process of…

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June 2017: Canner’s Story – Chapter Two: Trauma

  Canner’s Story by Mackenzie Cole CHAPTER TWO: TRAUMA One misstep can mean big setbacks in the short run with traumatized animals because their brains simply react differently than animals who haven’t experienced trauma. Many people have run into skittish household pets, but comparing those to animals like Canner would be like comparing a guy with…

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June 2017: Focus – by Hobie Hare

    It was springtime. I rambled through a remnant pine and oak forest in a place called Deep Run Park with my good friend Beau, an Irish setter who was nine years old at the time. Damp, rotting earth and the smell of new green growth reawakened childhood memories of growing up in central…

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June 2017: My Children’s Father

  Looking at one’s spouse through the lens of parenting can shed light on an array of behaviors that are subject to completely different interpretations of strengths and weaknesses.  What may be infuriating as a spouse may be essential as a parent. And vice versa, what may be delightful to a spouse may be totally…

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June 2017: I Am My Father’s Daughter

    This is truly a terrible photo of my dad and me in Alaska. One taken long before smart cameras that could automatically adjust for back lighting. Yet it captures, for me, much of my father, and it is one of a very few photos of just me and him alone, although we spent many…

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