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For the past 24 years, Leif Haugen has spent his summers living alone atop a mountain in Montana’s pristine wilderness. As a fire lookout for the U.S. Forest Service, Leif is charged with protecting the surrounding landscape, watching for signs of fire from his solitary perch. Spending up to two weeks alone at a time, he spends his days unwinding amid the peace and quiet, watching as the world passes him by.

Since Trump signed a gag order on American scientists, various rogue science and environmental Twitter accounts have been popping up and need your love!

Rogue Nasa (@RogueNasa)

Alternative US Forest Service (@AltForestServ)

Alternative US National Park Service (@AltNatParkSer)

Alternative Environmental Protection Agency (@ActualEPAFacts)

Alternative CDC (@Alt_CDC)

Alternative HHS (@AtlHHS)

Alternative FDA (@alt_fda)

Alternative NIH (@Alt_NIH)

#Resist

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Fun Fact Friday: How Do You Survive in the Big Empty? These Lagomorphs Use Superpower Adaptations, of Course.

By Nancy Patterson, Public Affairs Specialist, Greater Sage-Grouse Rocky Mountain Region

It’s wide open in the Big Empty of sagebrush country. For the more than 350 species that live here, hiding spots are few and horizons are long. When you’re a favorite food of lots of predators you need special adaptations to survive. Lagomorphs are adaptation champs in this ecosystem. The term lagomorph describes mammals in the order of lagomorpha, better known as hares, rabbits, and pikas. In sagebrush country, some lagomorphs you might see are jackrabbits, cottontails, and pygmy rabbits.

Rabbits and hares have big eyes set on the sides of their heads. This gives them a wide viewpoint to look around for threats. Their large ears act like giant microphones to capture the slightest sound. And their long back feet act as a speedy superpower. With them they can spring into the air and dart quickly in a jig-jag pattern to escape predators. Jackrabbits can run at speeds of 40 miles per hour and their powerful hind legs can propel them in 10-foot leaps with each bound. Imagine trying to keep up with one of these athletic racers!

But, it’s tough to survive on big feet, eyes, and ears alone. It also helps to have superpower hiding adaptations. And rabbits and hares have some that act just like invisibility cloaks.

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Love without shame. Jared Series. Ch 1.

Authors note:  First chapter of Jared’s series. I have a feeling I’ll turn this into a daddy kink. Sorry if you don’t like that but it’s my blog lol. Sorry. This chapter is just easing us in by using cute names for Y/N. 

Warnings: None (At the moment) 

Word Count: 1,185. 

Love without shame. Chapter 1. 

Jared and I have been quietly dating for 2 months. It’s going well. However he has to go on tour soon and I’m going to miss him like crazy. My job doesn’t offer much leeway for me to see him. But it’s good money. I am an executives assistant and work at least 10 hours a day. 5 days a week. The job allows me to bring in around $3000 a month. I’m sitting at the desk in the living room of my apartment doing some work on the computer. I hear keys jangling. “Hey baby” Jared says walking into the living room. “Hey, how’s your day been?” I asked him. He walked into the kitchen to make us both a tea. “Busy” he shouted. “I’m just glad I’m here with my girl”. He came back in holding two big mugs of tea and placed them on the coffee table. As he did I closed the laptop and joined him on the sofa. “How was your day?” he asked as I snuggled up with him. “Busy. I’m not even suppose to be working today but somehow It’s all stacked up” I like the fact that even though Jared has a massive house of his own he’d still spend nights here in my little two bed apartment. Especially before he goes away. We had about 3 weeks left together which meant as a whole we only really had a week, what with me and Jared working. After today I had tomorrow off and Jared didn’t have to do anything either, so we can spend the whole day together. It’s 6:00 pm Jared was in the kitchen making us vegan lentil bolognese. I personally wasn’t vegan but did accommodate it into my diet when Jared or I made a meal. We sat down and had dinner together at the table. Around 7:00 we went onto the balcony to watch the sunset and to snuggle up and read our books. The best way to spend our time together. It got to 9:30 and we decided to go inside and have an early night. I went to have a shower while he lay on the bed. I came back in and got changed into my night dress while Jared hopped in the shower. Once he’d finished he walked in in just his boxers and got into bed. Jared pulled me close into his chest and breathed in. “Hmm” he let out a sigh. “What are we doing tomorrow beautiful?” I looked at him “Well I thought we could go for a hike and picnic at Angeles national forest” I suggest. “Perfect” he said yawning. “Get you beauty sleep darling” I reply as he put his ear plugs in. We fell asleep intertwined. 

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I went to the local woods yesterday and it was real pretty. Also had some fun at the swap but I can’t take pictures there so…oh well… anyway. Nature….there it is.

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Fun Fact Friday: To Migrate or To Staycation? Sagebrush is a Great Home for These Birds

By Nancy Patterson, Public Affairs Specialist, Greater Sage-Grouse Rocky Mountain Region

Brrr! It’s getting cold out in northern sagebrush country! With snow beginning to fall, animals are on the move. Like Greater sage-grouse, more than 350 species call this place home, but some only spend part of the year here and others stay year-round.

Many birds head south. Sage thrashers and Brewer’s sparrows fly to the warmer southern United States and Mexico. Swainson’s Hawks left months ago, gathered into kettles of tens of thousands of birds to travel all the way to Argentina for the winter months. Imagine doing a round-trip trek of more than 12,000 miles from South America to northern North America each year like these world travelers do!

For some, the sagebrush landscape is their favorite winter resting spot. All summer Rough-legged hawks spent in the Arctic tundra. Their journey south brings some of them to the western sagebrush landscape. You might see them perched on utility poles, transmission lines, fence posts, and other high ground throughout the winter months.

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