Animals

Peekaboo: A groundhog/woodchuck was taking a look around from a nifty hiding place, and was kind enough to hang around for a picture, or two, or three...
The Other Half has returned from a journey to the Bluegrass State, and that was very, very good news. Especially for our kitties. Don't get me wrong. Yours truly was glad, as in very glad, to see her return home. Taking care of home, sweet, home all by one's self is, well, hard work. Then again, I...
Snack bar? I'm guessing, and it truly is a guess, that these birds found a watery snack bar on the Refuge Drive. The feathered critters didn't seem the least bit concerned about having their picture taken.
This week, you get two thousand words, more or less. Clean and simple. Well, only if you happen to believe that a picture is worth a thousand words. As you may have heard, we've been having another one of our once every 500 years or so floods. I think this year's flood event would the second once...
Ruby, a puppy who is approximately eight months old, is housed at the Union County Animal Control located outside of Anna. Ruby, along with the other animals pictured on this page, was available for adoption at the time of printing. Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
The Union County Animal Control, located between Anna and Cobden, deals with animals in several ways, such as abuse cases, relocation and adoption.  UCAC officer Dirk Wright said that animal abuse is not a major problem in Union County, but it does occur, most being repeat offenders. He said if...
The current facility for PAWS Place Adoption Center, pictured above, is located 139 E. Vienna St. in Anna, across from Dairy Queen. The 1,100 square-foot building has represented hope for the more than 6,000 animals who have found homes through PAWS. Funds are being raised for the construction of a new, larger facility. Photo by Amber Skelton.
Though it’s recently taken a very large blow in the loss of longtime facility manager Penny South, PAWS Place Adoption Center in Anna hasn’t give up on its mission to provide a safe place for animals and a chance to find a loving, permanent home. PAWS, which stands for Pets Are Worth Saving, is a...
I can tell you that this is a picture of a dragonfly. I can also tell you that even though it's been unseasonably warm, I have not seen any dragonflies out and about. This is what we call a file photo.
Up until a couple of weeks ago, I had never heard of fen communities. I had never heard of the Hine's emerald dragonfly. Now, I know at least a little bit, with the emphasis on "little," about fen communities and the Hine's emerald dragonfly. On Tuesday evening, February 21, your intrepid...
Yes, you are right. This image of crocuses enjoying the bright sunshine would look better in color. I am sorry we could not oblige. The flowers were bright yellow, in case you wondering. (Both images appeared as black and white in print.)
This week, please humor me as I ponder the start of baseball spring training, what appears to the imminent, and potentially premature, arrival of spring and the adventures of Bob the cat.  Bob the Cat has been with us since last summer. He, and his buddy, Cory, were welcomed into our home as rescue...
Squirrel. Sciurus carolinensis? Rodent. Cute? Of course, in a rodent sort of way.*
Cute: Squirrel. Not So Cute: Opossum. AKA Just Plain Ol' Possum. This week's little adventure began when your writer went for a daily walk one evening last week. As I stepped off our front porch, I could hear a dog barking, somewhere out in the dark. For the sake of filling space, we'll call it a...
The Cache River Wetlands Center in Cypress plans to host a movie night on Thursday, Feb. 9, starting at 6 p.m. The film to be shown is "Wings of Life," which is about peculiar pollinators and the plant and animal relationships that the world depends on for survival.  The showing is free to the...
Surveys of calling frogs and toads will be the focus of an upcoming meeting which is planned in the area. Volunteers are needed to assist with the surveys. Those who may be interested in volunteering are invited to attend an orientation session which is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the...
The Anna Arts Center  in Anna plans to present a free showing of “Chicken People” on Friday, Jan. 27. “Chicken People” is a film which features Brian Caraker of Anna. The screening is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free. A concession stand will be available. For more information, call...

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