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Jennifer Wolfe  Writer, facilitator, gardener, mother. Journal keeper. Bird watcher. Ukulele fan.

I like finding small bits of color in the woods.

I miss the woods on the farm where I grew up, but some days this bottom land woods saves me.

Jack in the pulpit.

I love redbud trees.

I sure do enjoy our Jane Austen Book Club gatherings. A group of whip-smart, creative, sardonic, and “amiable” group of women if ever there was one. Do join us sometime. You can find us on Meetup.

Turkey vulture feather.

If you see these beauties in your yard, don’t cut them back...they are pollinator magnets. Beggarticks aka Spanish needles aka Romerillo or Biden’s Alba. Bees, butterflies, and birds, especially warblers and cardinals, depend on them...and therefore, so do you!

The sky was peppered with terms, pelicans, and gulls, and on shore we saw sanderlings, ruddy turnstones, and willets. No matter the weather on Florida beaches, beauty is available to all.

Anybody into owl throw up like me? Apparently this is an owl pellet, probably from a barn owl. I found it on a picnic table under a roost for an owl (likely). Owls cannot digest hair and bones so every night they regurgitate one or two of these, apparently. Quite neat and no odor at all. I did not, however, have the nerve to pick it up and pick it apart, though I wish I would have, or maybe taken it home to dissect. That is what I call fun tho I am a little weird that way.

Honored this morning to be on air with @melissainjax and @basma_alawee to help raise the voices of refugee women whose stores can be found in the recently published book, Learning From Within: Stories of Women in the New World. In an age where fear and rancor can create danger for immigrants and refugees, we can listen to each others’ stories and connect as human beings. Telling our stories creates safer communities. Reach out to us if you’d like to learn more about this book and how to use it as an advocate, immigrant, or caring citizen. www.womenwritingjacksonville.org Connect with the Florida Immigrant Coalition at https://floridaimmigrant.org/about/. Or follow this story on @wjctjax First Coast Connect.

Just don’t get too close, folks.

Just so you know, this is an active nesting site for red cockaded woodpeckers. Rangers mark nesting trees with a white ring. Can you see the hole and the active sap holes, which function as a way to keep out predators?

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