Ural Owl

Ural Owl

A beautiful, large owl with as much as a five-foot wingspan, the Ural owl is named for the Ural Mountains of Russia in which it lives. The Ural owl can also be found as far west as Scandinavia and as far east as Japan. Though not considered endangered, biologists and conservationists have worked to protect this species. The introduction of special nesting boxes has helped the process. The Ural owl is now rated ‘of least concern’ in terms of extinction issues.

Ural Owl Videos: Here is a beautiful 2.5-minute video of a Ural owl in the wild. Here’s a fun 2-minute video of a pet Ural owl in which the owner is trying to retrieve the hamster from its clutches. No conclusion is shown, but the owl sure reminds me of my cat and how my kitty likes to have his forehead scratched. See what you think.

FunFacts about the Ural Owl: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: The Ural owl (Strix uralensis) is a fairly large nocturnal owl. It is a member of the true owl family, Strigidae. The Ural owl is a member of the genus Strix, that is also the origin of the family’s name under Linnaean taxonomy. Both its common name and scientific name refer to the Ural Mountains of Russia where the type specimen was collected. However, this species has an extremely broad distribution that extends as far west as much of Scandinavia, montane eastern Europe, and, sporadically, central Europe across Eurasia broadly through Russia to as far east as Sakhalin and throughout Japan. (Source)
  • The Ural owl may have as many as 15 subspecies.
  • Though the Ural owl can survive on a variety of foods, it prefers small mammals, especially rodents like voles.
  • Ural owls nest in tree stumps and tree cavities but also have taken to special nest boxes provided by biologists and conservationists. The nest boxes have bolstered Ural owl populations and the species is rated ‘of least concern’ in terms of extinction issues.
  • The Ural owl has an unusually long tail, for an owl, that bears a wedge-shaped tip.
  • The Ural owl has pale-gray to white feathers overall with a slightly darker gray-brown back and mantle with contrasting whitish markings.
  • The Ural owl is a large owl and ranges in total length from 50 to 62 cm (20 to 24 in). The wingspan can reach up to five feet.
  • Ural owls pair for life and maintain a territory.
  • A clutch is usually 3-4 eggs.
  • Ural owls prefer the forest and stick to their home range.

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Luxembourg

Luxembourg

Half the population of Luxembourg is made up of foreigners from 170 different countries. An important founder of the European Union and one of the smallest countries in Europe, Luxembourg was motivated to combine interests with other nations. Two world wars saw Luxembourg invaded by Germany. The sharing of economic interests helps protect the boundaries of nations. With over a hundred castles in Luxembourg, many of them like fairytales, this beautiful country is a favorite of tourists. 

Videos of Luxembourg: Here is a beautiful 3-minute video featuring an overview of Luxembourg. Here’s an interesting 3.5-minute video overviewing what it’s like to live and work in Luxembourg. Here’s a lovely 3-minute video featuring the charming historic district of Luxembourg City.

FunFacts about Luxembourg: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Luxembourg, officially the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, is a landlocked country in western Europe. It is bordered by Belgium to the west and north, Germany to the east, and France to the south. Its capital, Luxembourg City, is one of the four official capitals of the European Union (together with Brussels, Frankfurt, and Strasbourg) and the seat of the European Court of Justice, the highest judicial authority in the EU. (Source)
  • Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in Europe.
  • Luxembourg is a blend of both German and French cultures.
  • The official languages of Luxembourg are German, French and Luxembourgish.
  • Repeated invasions by Germany in WWII led to Luxembourg’s support of the European Union.
  • Luxembourg is a small country experiencing significant population growth. Nearly half the population are foreigners. The current population of Luxembourg is 613,000.
  • Luxembourg is a democracy with a constitutional monarch, Grand Duke Henri. Luxembourg is the world’s only remaining sovereign grand duchy.
  • In 1994, the City of Luxembourg with its old quarters and fortifications was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Luxembourg is a founding member of the European Union, the United Nations, and NATO
  • Luxembourg’s recorded history begins in 963 when Siegfried, Count of Ardennes acquired Luxembourg Castle through an exchange act with  Maximin’s Abbey, Trier.
  • The Grand Duchy was formed after the defeat of Napoleon in 1815, at the Congress of Vienna
  • The people of Luxembourg are called Luxembourgers.
  • There may be as many as 130 castles in Luxembourg, though a good number are more like beautiful manor houses. To see the top 50 castles, go here.

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Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

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Badgers

Badgers

Fearless. That’s the word to describe badgers. They will stand up to bears and wolves, to coyotes, hyenas and jackals. The honey badger, native to Africa, India and southwest Asia, will defend itself valiantly against a pride of lions. Nature has given the badger a host of self-defense attributes like powerful jaws. A badger will eat the bones of its prey. Badgers are amazingly immune to venom. A badger’s skin is so loose, rubbery and strong that most predators ignore this animal as a food source.

Videos of Badgers: This 3-minute video features an encounter with an American badger. Here’s 1.5-minute video of a badger facing off with a leopard.

FunFacts about Badgers: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Badgers are short-legged omnivores in the families Mustelidae (which also includes the otters, polecats, weasels, and ferrets), and Mephitidae (which also includes the skunks). The European badger is one of the largest; the American badger, the hog badger, and the honey badger are generally a little smaller and lighter. Stink badgers are smaller still, and ferret badgers smallest of all. They weigh around 9–11 kg (20–24 lb), while some Eurasian badgers weigh around 18 kg (40 lb). (Source)
  • Badgers and skunks are loosely related.
  • The Asiatic stink badger is genetically closer to skunks.
  • There are several species of badgers which include the European badger, the ferret-badger, the honey badger and the American badger.
  • All badgers have squat bodies.
  • The long face gives the jaw biting strength.
  • A badger’s short legs help with digging.
  • Badgers have small ears.
  • Names for badger family members and colonies, quote: A male European badger is a boar, a female is a sow, and a young badger is a cub. In North America the young are usually called kits, while the terms male and female are generally used for adults. A collective name suggested for a group of colonial badgers is a cete, but badger colonies are more often called clans. A badger’s home is called a sett. (Source)
  • Location of badgers throughout the world, quote: Badgers are found in much of North America, Ireland, Great Britain and most of the rest of Europe as far north as southern Scandinavia. They live as far east as Japan and China. The Javan ferret-badger lives in Indonesia, and the Bornean ferret-badger lives in Malaysia. The honey badger is found in most of sub-Saharan Africa, the Arabian Desert, southern Levant, Turkmenistan, and India. (Source)
  • All badgers live underground.
  • Some badgers are solitary while others live in clans.
  • Badgers are omnivores and have a varied diet, from worms and insects, to bird eggs, to roots and fruit, to small mammals.
  • In Britain, the badger is the main predator of the hedgehog.
  • American badgers find most of their food underground and can dig after rodents with great speed.
  • Badgers can become intoxicated with alcohol after eating rotting fruit.
  • The Dachshund (German for “badger hound”) was bred to hunt badgers.
  • Badger pelts were used for centuries for making shaving brushes.
  • Badgers can be tamed and kept as pets.

 

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February Winners:  Teresa, Jackie B.!!!

January Winners: Sarah J., Merrie W., B.N., Connie F., Jeanette P.!!! 

Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

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February Winners:  Teresa, Jackie B.!!!

January Winners: Sarah J., Merrie W., B.N., Connie F., Jeanette P.!!!

To be in the running for this handcrafted paranormal romance bracelet, made by yours truly, OR a $15 Amazon Gift Card, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Also, feel free to post comments on both Caris Roane blogs ~~ Monday and Wednesday ~~ to increase your chances of winning this week’s prize drawing. Only one win per month allowed, otherwise no limits!

New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Wednesday, February 19, 2020! On Thursday, February 20th, Arizona time, I’ll select the winning blog then the winning comment. I’ll use Random.org to make my selection! You may only win once per month. International winner receives gift card.

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Kansas

Kansas

Situated in the heart of the Midwest, Kansas has given us many notable and famous people like musician Melissa Etheridge, aviator Amelia Earhart, actors Kirstie Alley, Annette Bening, Hattie McDaniel and Buster Keaton as well as President Dwight Eisenhower and activist Erin Brockovich.  Kansas was a place where the buffalo roamed so it’s no surprise that the American classic, Home on the Range, was written by a Kansan. Numerous Native American tribes lived and thrived in Kansas for centuries before the arrival of the Europeans. In Cold Blood was a story of Kansas as well. 

Kansas Videos: Here’s a 5-minute video featuring 10 Best Travel Destinations in Kansas. Here’s a lovely 2-minute video featuring all kinds of things to see and do in Kansas.

FunFacts about Kansas: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Kansas is a U.S. state in the Midwestern United States. Its capital is Topeka and its largest city is Wichita, with its most populated county and largest employment center being Johnson County. Kansas is bordered by Nebraska on the north; Missouri on the east; Oklahoma on the south; and Colorado on the west. Kansas is named after the Kansas River, which in turn was named after the Kansa Native Americans who lived along its banks. (Source)
  • For thousands of years, the region in which Kansas exists was home to a number of Native American tribes. Some of the tribes were semi-nomadic and hunted large herds of bison. Others lived in villages along the river.
  • The unofficial nickname of Kansas is ‘The Free State’. In the years prior to the Civil War, Kansas was a hotbed of violence as pro and anti-slavery factions battled for political control of the state. When the war began, Kansas entered as a free state.
  • Historically, Kansas was first settled by Americans in 1827 with the establishment of Fort Leavenworth.
  • The first European to set foot in this region was the Spanish conquistador Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, who explored the area in 1541.
  • In 1803, most of modern-day Kansas was acquired from France as part of the Louisiana Purchase.
  • Kansas has a population of 2.7 million people.
  • Mount Sunflower is Kansas’s highest point at 4,039 feet (1,231 meters).
  • Kansas is a major agricultural state and produces wheat, sorghum, corn and soybeans.
  • Kansas has hills and forests in the east but the great central plain dominates the western two-thirds of the state.
  • Kansas has many important rivers including the Missouri, the Kansas, the Arkansas, the Saline, and the Big Blue.
  • The city of Abilene was formerly a trailhead for the Chisholm Trail and was the boyhood home of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
  • In southwest Kansas, Dodge City, known for the cattle drive days of the late 19th century, was built along the old Santa Fe Trail.
  • The American classic, Home on the Range, was written by a Kansan, Brewster Higley, and is the official state song.
  • Kansas is the setting for the 1965 best-seller In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote.
  • Two well-known tales about Kansas are The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Little House on the Prairie.

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January Winners: Sarah J., Merrie W., B.N., Connie F., Jeanette P.!!! 

Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

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First February Winner! Congrats Jackie B.!!!

January Winners: Sarah J., Merrie W., B.N., Connie F., Jeanette P.!!!

To be in the running for this handcrafted paranormal romance bracelet, made by yours truly, OR a $15 Amazon Gift Card, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Also, feel free to post comments on both Caris Roane blogs ~~ Monday and Wednesday ~~ to increase your chances of winning this week’s prize drawing. Only one win per month allowed, otherwise no limits!

New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Wednesday, February 12, 2020! On Thursday, February 13th, Arizona time, I’ll select the winning blog then the winning comment. I’ll use Random.org to make my selection! You may only win once per month. International winner receives gift card.

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Prairie Dogs

Prairie Dogs

Sweetly affectionate by human standards, prairie dogs of the same family group interact through ‘kissing’, that is oral contact, and through grooming. These rodents are native to the grasslands of the Midwest and give a warning cry like a dog’s bark, hence the name. Relatives of the ground squirrel, they are in no way related to canines as a species. Prairie dogs live in large communities called ‘towns’ that can cover hundreds of acres and are highly social as a species. 

Prairie Dogs Videos: This 3-minute video features prairie dogs in the Sonoran Desert. Here’s an awesome 4-minute video showing how prairie dogs deal with a venomous snake.

FunFacts about Prairie Dogs: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Prairie dogs (genus Cynomys) are herbivorous burrowing rodents native to the grasslands of North America. The five species are: black-tailed, white-tailed, Gunnison’s, Utah, and Mexican prairie dogs. They are a type of ground squirrel, found in North America. In Mexico, prairie dogs are found primarily in the northern states, which lie at the southern end of the Great Plains: northeastern Sonora, north and northeastern Chihuahua, northern Coahuila, northern Nuevo León, and northern Tamaulipas. In the United States, they range primarily to the west of the Mississippi River, though they have also been introduced in a few eastern locales. They are also found in the Canadian Prairies. (Source)
  • Prairie dogs are not actually canines.
  • Prairie dogs have a warning call that sounds like a dog’s bark.
  • The name, prairie dogs, has been in use since 1774.
  • The 1804 journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition note that in September 1804, they “discovered a Village of an animal the French Call the Prairie Dog”. (Source)
  • Prairie dogs are usually between 12 and 16 inches long.
  • Prairie dogs have short tails.
  • Prairie dogs primarily eat grasses and seeds but will also eat insects.
  • White-tailed prairie dogs are known to kill competing squirrels.
  • Prairie dogs burrow. A burrow can have up to 6 entrances. The entrances can be flat or have a crater, either domed or rimmed. The latter two types serve as both lookout platforms and to protect against flooding. Burrows have many chambers. Nursery chambers can be as many as two to three meters below the surface.
  • Prairie dogs are very social. They live in large colonies also known as ‘towns’. These towns can span hundreds of acres.
  • The family group is the main social unit. Members of a family group interact through oral contact, ‘kissing’, or through grooming. These family group behaviors do not extend into the ‘town’.
  • Ecologists consider prairie dogs to be a keystone species. Large grazing animals, like bison and mule deer, prefer to be in regions where prairie dogs are active.


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For a chance to win this paranormal romance bracelet ~ ~ or a $15 Amazon gift card, winner’s choice! ~ ~ just scroll to the bottom of the page and read the details for entering. You will be leaving a comment as the entry requirement. Giveaway ends midnight, Arizona time, Wednesday, February 12, 2020.

First February Winner! Congrats Jackie B.!!!

January Winners: Sarah J., Merrie W., B.N., Connie F., Jeanette P.!!! 

Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

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First February Winner! Congrats Jackie B.!!!

January Winners: Sarah J., Merrie W., B.N., Connie F., Jeanette P.!!!

To be in the running for this handcrafted paranormal romance bracelet, made by yours truly, OR a $15 Amazon Gift Card, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Also, feel free to post comments on both Caris Roane blogs ~~ Monday and Wednesday ~~ to increase your chances of winning this week’s prize drawing. Only one win per month allowed, otherwise no limits!

New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Wednesday, February 12, 2020! On Thursday, February 13th, Arizona time, I’ll select the winning blog then the winning comment. I’ll use Random.org to make my selection! You may only win once per month. International winner receives gift card.

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Ottawa Canada

Ottawa Canada

If you’re visiting Ottawa and stumble across a delicacy called ‘beaver tails’, don’t worry, these are merely pastries made in the shape of beaver tails. Ottawa is the capital of Canada and located a few hours drive from the U.S. border. It’s original name was ‘Bytown’, named after Lieutenant Colonel John By and was founded in 1826. The name was changed to Ottawa when the city was incorporated in 1855. 

Ottawa Canada Videos: Here’s a beautiful, 4-minute Expedia video that introduces Ottawa. Here’s a 4-minute personal video that shows Ottawa in the winter.

FunFacts about Ottawa Canada: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Ottawa is the capital city of Canada. It stands on the south bank of the Ottawa River in the eastern portion of southern Ontario. Ottawa borders Gatineau, Quebec; the two form the core of the Ottawa–Gatineau census metropolitan area (CMA) and the National Capital Region (NCR). As of 2016, Ottawa had a city population of 934,243 and a metropolitan population of 1,323,783 making it the fourth-largest city and the fifth-largest CMA in Canada. In June 2019, the City of Ottawa estimated it had surpassed a population of 1 million. (Source)
  • Ottawa was founded in 1826 as Bytown, and incorporated as Ottawa in 1855.
  • Ottawa has become the political center of Canada.
  • The origin of the name “Ottawa”: It references the Ottawa River, the name of which is derived from the Algonquin Odawa, meaning “to trade”.
  • Both the National Arts Centre, the National Gallery are in Ottawa.
  • Three major rivers meet within Ottawa, the Ottawa River, the Gatineau River and the Rideau River.
  • Indigenous populations have lived in the area for 6500 years.
  • Ottawa is located within the major, yet mostly dormant Western Quebec Seismic Zone and occasionally has earthquakes.
  • Ottawa has a humid continental climate and receives an average of 88 inches of snow annually.
  • The Rideau Canal is the oldest continuously operated canal system in North America, and in 2007 was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Singer-songwriter Paul Anka was born in Ottawa.
  • Author Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa.

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For a chance to win this paranormal romance bracelet ~ ~ or a $15 Amazon gift card, winner’s choice! ~ ~ just scroll to the bottom of the page and read the details for entering. You will be leaving a comment as the entry requirement. Giveaway ends midnight, Arizona time, Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

January Winners: Sarah J., Merrie W., B.N., Connie F., Jeanette P.!!! 

December Winner: Sheryl P.!

Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

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January Winners: Sarah J., Merrie W., B.N., Connie F., Jeanette P.!!!

December Winner: Sheryl P.!!!

To be in the running for this handcrafted paranormal romance bracelet, made by yours truly, OR a $15 Amazon Gift Card, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Also, feel free to post comments on both Caris Roane blogs ~~ Monday and Wednesday ~~ to increase your chances of winning this week’s prize drawing. Only one win per month allowed, otherwise no limits!

New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Wednesday, February 5, 2020! On Thursday, February 6th, Arizona time, I’ll select the winning blog then the winning comment. I’ll use Random.org to make my selection! You may only win once per month. International winner receives gift card.

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Wyoming

Wyoming

The Great Plains run smack into the Rocky Mountains in the middle of Wyoming. Small wonder that half the state and its gorgeous natural beauty is owned by the federal government. Two important national parks reside in Wyoming: Grand Teton and Yellowstone. The state’s economy is built on agriculture including cattle, sugar beets, and wheat and on mineral extraction which includes coal, natural gas and oil. Centuries ago, Wyoming was the land of the Shoshone, the Arapaho, the Lakota and the Crow. The capital of Wyoming is Cheyenne.

Wyoming Videos: Here’s a terrific, ‘local-centered’ 3.5-minute video all about what you can see and do in Wyoming. Here’s a 4-minute video of Ten Best Travel Destinations in Wyoming.

FunFacts about Wyoming: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Wyoming is a state in the mountain region of the Western United States. The state is the 10th largest by area, the least populous, and the second most sparsely populated state in the country. Wyoming is bordered on the north by Montana, on the east by South Dakota and Nebraska, on the south by Colorado, on the southwest by Utah, and on the west by Idaho and Montana. The state population was estimated at 577,737 in 2018, which is less than 31 of the most populous U.S. cities including Denver in neighboring Colorado. Cheyenne is the state capital and the most populous city, with an estimated population of 63,624 in 2017. (Source)
  • Wyoming is a combination of the Rocky Mountains in the west and the High Plains in the east.
  • Almost half of Wyoming is owned by the U.S. government.
  • Federal lands include two significant parks: The Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park.
  • Original Native Americans of the region include the CrowArapahoLakota, and Shoshone.
  • Wyoming was ceded to the United States in 1848 at the end of the Mexican–American War
  • Wyoming has both a semi-arid and continental climate, with greater temperature extremes.
  • Wyoming’s economy is built on agriculture and mineral extraction.
  • The state bird is the western meadowlark.
  • The state emblem: Bucking Horse and Rider.

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For a chance to win this paranormal romance bracelet ~ ~ or a $15 Amazon gift card, winner’s choice! ~ ~ just scroll to the bottom of the page and read the details for entering. You will be leaving a comment as the entry requirement. Giveaway ends midnight, Arizona time, Wednesday, January 27, 2020.

January Winners: Merrie W., B.N., Connie F., Jeanette P.!!!

December Winner: Sheryl P.!

Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

(Unless otherwise designated, today’s photos are from Pixabay ~ Pixabay is a free site, so feel free to share, pin and enjoy these wonderful photos. Any photo designated as coming from Deposit Photos has been purchased and is subject to copyright law.)

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We have a winner! Congrats Sarah J.!!!

January Winners: Merrie W., B.N., Connie F., Jeanette P.!!!

December Winner: Sheryl P.!!!

To be in the running for this handcrafted paranormal romance bracelet, made by yours truly, OR a $15 Amazon Gift Card, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Also, feel free to post comments on both Caris Roane blogs ~~ Monday and Wednesday ~~ to increase your chances of winning this week’s prize drawing. Only one win per month allowed, otherwise no limits!

New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Wednesday, January 29, 2020! On Thursday, January 30th, Arizona time, I’ll select the winning blog then the winning comment. I’ll use Random.org to make my selection! You may only win once per month. International winner receives gift card.

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To be entered into the giveaway drawing, please leave a comment about Wyoming. Have you ever visited this state? Which photo did you like best?

*** And tell us where you’re from! I’m from Buckeye, Arizona, not far from Phoenix. (That’s the Desert Southwest, USA.) ***

Above all: Live the fang!!!

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Established in 1872, under President Ulysses S. Grant, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming was the first national park not only in the U.S. but possibly in the entire world. The land area of Yellowstone is a fantastic 3500 square miles, or two million acres, and is home to a ‘slumbering’ supervolcano which is considered dormant. But earthquakes are frequent though most cannot be detected by humans. In 1985, over a three month period, 3,000 minor earthquakes were detected in the northwestern part of the park. This kind of event is called an  earthquake swarm. In addition, half the world’s geysers and hydro-thermal events occur in Yellowstone as a result of volcanic activity. Old Faithful, which shoots a stream of hot water 150 feet into the air, every 60-90 minutes on average, is an example of just one of these events.

Yellowstone National Park Videos: Here is a 3.5-minute National Geographic video featuring a number of famous Yellowstone attractions. Treat yourself to this gorgeous, 8.5-minute Expedia video all about the park.

FunFacts about Yellowstone National Park: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Yellowstone National Park is an American national park located mostly in Wyoming, with small sections in Montana and Idaho. It was established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872. Yellowstone was the first national park in the U.S. and is also widely held to be the first national park in the world. The park is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features, especially Old Faithful geyser, one of its most popular features. It has many types of ecosystem, but the subalpine forest is the most abundant. It is part of the South Central Rockies forests ecoregion. (Source)
  • Native Americans have lived in the Yellowstone region for at least 11,000 years.
  • From the early-to-mid-19th century, mountain men traveled this region.
  • Organized exploration began in the late 1860s.
  • The U.S. Army oversaw the management of Yellowstone for a 30-year period between 1886 and 1916.
  • The National Park Service, was created in 1916 and took over management of Yellowstone in 1917.
  • Archaeologists have explored over a thousand sites in Yellowstone.
  • Yellowstone National Park extends over an area almost 3500 square miles in size.
  • The park is made up of lakes, canyons, rivers and mountains.
  • Yellowstone Lake is one of the largest high-elevation lakes in North America and is centered over the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest supervolcano on the continent.
  • Most of the land area of Yellowstone is a result of volcanic flow over millions of years.
  • The volcano is considered dormant. But half of the world’s geysers and hydrothermal features are found in Yellowstone and are fueled by this ongoing volcanism.
  • The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is the largest remaining nearly-intact ecosystem in the Earth’s northern temperate zone.
  • In 1978, Yellowstone was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

   * * * This Week’s Giveaway is Closed * * *

We have a winner! Congrats Sarah J.!!!

For a chance to win this paranormal romance bracelet ~ ~ or a $15 Amazon gift card, winner’s choice! ~ ~ just scroll to the bottom of the page and read the details for entering. You will be leaving a comment as the entry requirement. Giveaway ends midnight, Arizona time, Wednesday, January 27, 2020.

January Winners: Merrie W., B.N., Connie F., Jeanette P.!!!

December Winner: Sheryl P.!

Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

(Unless otherwise designated, today’s photos are from Pixabay ~ Pixabay is a free site, so feel free to share, pin and enjoy these wonderful photos. Any photo designated as coming from Deposit Photos has been purchased and is subject to copyright law.)

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My Latest Release ~ A Hunky Wolf and a Feisty Fae Find ‘Happily Ever After’ in SAPPHIRE FLAME, book #7 of the Flame Series…a total standalone story!

SAPPHIRE FLAME Buy Links! 

Amazon US // Amazon CA // Amazon UK// Amazon AUS // Barnes & Noble // Kobo // iBooks

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* * * This Week’s Giveaway is Closed * * *

We have a winner! Congrats Sarah J.!!!

January Winners: Merrie W., B.N., Connie F., Jeanette P.!!!

December Winner: Sheryl P.!!!

To be in the running for this handcrafted paranormal romance bracelet, made by yours truly, OR a $15 Amazon Gift Card, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Also, feel free to post comments on both Caris Roane blogs ~~ Monday and Wednesday ~~ to increase your chances of winning this week’s prize drawing. Only one win per month allowed, otherwise no limits!

New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Wednesday, January 29, 2020! On Thursday, January 30th, Arizona time, I’ll select the winning blog then the winning comment. I’ll use Random.org to make my selection! You may only win once per month. International winner receives gift card.

* * * This Week’s Giveaway is Closed * * *

We have a winner! Congrats Sarah J.!!!

To be entered into the giveaway drawing, please leave a comment about Yellowstone National Park. Have you ever visited the world’s first national park? Which photo did you like best?

*** And tell us where you’re from! I’m from Buckeye, Arizona, not far from Phoenix. (That’s the Desert Southwest, USA.) ***

Above all: Live the fang!!!