Very Concerning Article On Delta Varient

We aren’t tracking breakthrough cases that don’t result in hospitalization, so that 1% number you hear is bullshit. Apparently the Biden CDC is just as political as the Trump CDC. From the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/aug/09/america-is-flying-blind-when-it-comes-to-the-delta-variant

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Bird Migration May Be Stirring

We’ve heard geese flying over Cutcane Creek lately, probably to and from the old quarry. I may have seen a small flight of teal as well the other day. (Teal are early migrants.) And there’s been some reports that suggest … Continue reading

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Fannin Vax Rate Is 17%

In my last post, I noted that the Union County vax rate is 42%. While disappointingly low, the Fannin County rate is much lower, 17%. I suppose this serves as an objective correlative of the relative enlightenment of the two … Continue reading

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A Note on Local Vax Rates, Union General Hospital Not Requiring Vax of Employees

For those of you who may wonder what’s going on locally, the vax rate in Union County is about 42%. I’d assume that Fannin County is lower. Hospitalizations have tripled in Union County as of last week. Speaking of hospitalizations, … Continue reading

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Heavy Rain And Weekend Outlook

We had a beautiful old fashioned thunderstorm early yesterday evening. I say “old fashioned” because when I first came here thirty years ago, it often rained very hard in a late afternoon thunderstorm pattern. I used to say, “Its fun … Continue reading

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Bears Leave Their Mothers To Establish New Territory Now

We were sitting on the deck yesterday morning about 11:00 when I saw a dog coming up out of the woods directly across from our deck. When it took another step, I realized it was a young bear. Beautiful and … Continue reading

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Hot And Humid Weather Finally Breaks

This morning, it was 65 on the deck instead of 72. At 3:30, the temperature on the deck is 75 instead of 84. The trend is forecast to continue, with morning lows around 60 and afternoon highs around 78. It’s … Continue reading

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Request For Comment On Forest Service Special Use Permit Applications Due By August 6

I apologize for getting this posted so late. I had some technical issues with the website last week. There are special use permit requests for (1) Guided hunting and fishing trips, (2) a bicycle race with 300 participants, and (3) … Continue reading

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Katydids, Red Admirals, the Female Diana, And A Whole Lot Of Rain

I’v been a bit indisposed lately – apparently I ate some bad shellfish in celebration of my birthday – so just a brief report headed into the weekend. The katydids have started singing in the evening in the past two … Continue reading

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The Last Of The Old Manned Fire Towers

From the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jul/03/wildfire-lookout-california-mt-tamalpais

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