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Bottoms up - A pair of robins do some parenting in their nest built on a deck. The male robin is a good hunter and helper. Photo by Connie Cox on Frazier Grade, Kamiah


What did I get myself into? - A long-horned bee (Eucera) attempting to get into the flower of Venus penstemon (Penstemon venustus) a native of western North America currently flowering on a bank of Fort Misery Road. Penstemons have beautiful mostly blue to lavender flowers that bloom on rocky cut banks this time of year. Nectar at the base of the flower attracts many insects, but certain bees are thwarted in reaching the sweet treat by their size and shape. The NRCS Plant Materials Program in Aberdeen, Idaho selected the Venus penstemon for their native plant conservation program. One local population found fame. The original collection was made near Dworshak Reservoir on the Clearwater River and was selected from a collection of 119 penstemon accessions, including three accessions of species Venus penstemon. It had the best stand establishment and longest survival of all the tested accessions. NRCS named it "Clearwater Selection Venus Penstemon" chosen for its "beauty, hardiness, seed production and natural range of adaptability." Photo by Nan Vance of Kamiah


Close encounter - “I walked slowly toward this Great Grey Owl, talking calmly to it and taking photos with my phone. This photo was taken less than one fence post away when 'Beauty' decided that was enough and flew across the pasture.” Photo by Linda Permann of Kamiah


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