Who would've known those chubby little Prairie Dogs can do so much?

Happy Fall!



A smaller but still popular part of our new Predators to Prey program this year, our Prairie Dogs "Carl" and "Jerry" are filling in especially while our Short-tailed Possum extends her maternity leave for a few more weeks.  Prairie Dogs serve an important role in their native desert Southwest not only as a part of the food-chain, but also a vital role to the ecosystem which has earned them the title of a "keystone species". Thanks to Rainbow City Public Library, in Alabama, for the pic!
"There is an old Navajo warning that if you kill off the prairie dogs there will be no one to cry for rain...In fact, [prairie dogs] open breathing tubes in the Earth.  The underground aquifers act like the diaphragm in human bodies; the moon as it passes raises and lowers the underground water table and the Earth breathes through the many fissures and tubes opened by the burrowing creatures.  The exhalation of moisture-ladened air, filled with negative ions, helps create rain."  - Stephen Harrod, in Sacred Plant Medicine

Kangaroos at Nashville Zoo!

For Baxter & Charlie's fans in Middle Tennessee, now there's another opportunity to spend time with some awesome relatives of our Red Kangaroos!  Nashville Zoo is opening "Kangaroo Kickabout" on September 14th!  The exhibit features a winding path where visitors can even walk in the middle of the habitat among the 'Roos, so it's almost like coming to our farm to visit!  We can't wait to check it out and hope all of you close by can do the same!

Upcoming Public Events:

Friday, August 30th at 10:30 am - A'Muse'um Children's Museum, Columbia, TN
Saturday, August 31st at 11:00 & 2:00 pm - Rend Lake "Saturday Environmental Series", Benton, IL
Friday - Sunday, September 6th-8th - Strawberry Plains Audubon Society "Hummingbird Festival", Holly Springs, MS
Saturday, September 21st (All Day) - Jeffers Environmental Ctr. "Nature Fest", Hopkinsville, KY
Saturday, September 28th (All Day) - Mississippi Wildlife Rehabilitation Ctr. "Eagle Fest", Arkabutla Lake, MS
Saturday, October 5th at 2:00 pm - South Germantown Church of Christ "Community Day", Memphis, TN

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