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2. Can the Woodchuck Babes Save the Blue Herons?
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Dear readers, I’ve been without a computer for three weeks. Chapter 21 will go on-line April 1.

So, you won’t be disappointed this week, I’m sharing a dozen of my favorite critter photos, most of them thanks to Rick Bunting, a neighbor and another retired teacher, happy to share his creative work for free on the internet.

His project helped inspire the Jumpin' Jubilee Club free novel website.

Rick’s stunning daily photographs start my mornings: seeing and feeling the wonders of nature. He helps me realize how the fates of countless living creatures—whose very existence is a miracle—depend on the success of millions of young Climate Warriors like the spunky Woodchuck Babes, Rockwell Central School’s prize-winning cheerleaders.

If you can’t figure out what the two Blue Herons in the top row of photos are doing, check the bottom row.

Because these birds neither speak English nor have iPhones, they communicate with sticks. And they know how to make work fun, like Maya Meadows’ kids in Jumpin' Jubilee Club.

The “stick dance” is an elaborate bonding ritual dictated by instinct. The pictures capture only a few of the “moves”.

See you next week. Let’s make it a surprise!

We Are the Lorax!

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