The Death Warrant

Silver Maple Receives Death Warrant


This is a Silver Maple tree, across the street from WC’s house. It’s likely more than 100-110 years old and more than 100 feet tall. It has homed Eastern Fox Squirrels, a family of Western Screech Owls, countless Eurasian Starlings and American Robins. It received a death warrant on Tuesday. It’s crimes are (1) being…

A Most Cooperative Badger


WC spent a few days in the Pahsimeroi Valley, a fairly obscure tributary of the Salmon River, in east central Idaho. With a couple for friends, we spent some time exploring the Pahsimeroi and the Lost River Range, the mountains that bound the Pahsimeroi Valley on the westerly side. One of the highlights of the…

Pileated Woodpecker, Payette Lake, Idaho

Now That’s a Woodpecker


WC and Mrs. WC were hiking in Ponderosa State Park recently. The park is on a peninsula that protrudes into Payette Lake, where Pileated Woodpeckers are as common as alliteration. Pileated Woodpeckers are the largest North American woodpecker,1 and the model for Woody Woodpecker.2 And they are an environment-altering force of nature. When they find…