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  • DABLEMONT: A Rain Crow Tragedy

  • We had a real tragedy up here on Lightnin’ Ridge this past week. A young rain crow, also known as a yellow-billed cuckoo, flew into an office window and killed himself.

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  • We had a real tragedy up here on Lightnin’ Ridge this past week. A young rain crow, also known as a yellow-billed cuckoo, flew into an office window and killed himself. I don’t know how that could happen with a bird as elusive and intelligent as the rain crow. It could be he saw a reflection of himself and thought it was a female and wanted to impress her with his flying skills. But then again, and no one ever thinks about things like this but me… who’s to say he wasn’t depressed, perhaps deeply bothered by the fact that some young lady rain crow had declined his idea of a perfect nest. Perhaps the love of his life had flew away with an older rain crow and he was left to face life without her and couldn’t.
    If you think you are a wildlife photographer, go out and get some photos of a rain crow. In summer branches around my home I hear plenty of them, always forecasting a coming rain with their loud series of clucks. If it rained as often as I hear them, we’d be living in a summer monsoon. But when you look for them, you just get fleeting glances. They hide behind large branches, and in clumps of foliage.
    Well folks, mark your calendar and have nothing planned for Saturday, October 12. That’s the day we are going to have the biggest outdoorsman’s get together ever held in the Ozarks. It is the day of our Common Sense Conservationist dinner and annual meeting. All local CSC groups need to take note of it. Right now we are finishing final touches on a Common Sense Conservationist website, and I will have more to say about that later. The dinner will be served by Richard’s Hawgwild Barbecue out of Aurora, Mo and if you have ever eaten at his restaurant there, you know why he is heralded as the very best in catering barbecued meet with all the fixin’s. The meal is all anyone will pay for. The rest of the day is free, and we have a 16,000-foot auditorium to use, courtesy of the Countryside Assembly of God Church here in Bolivar, which acquired the building just outside of Bolivar this past year. This is a building you can put two basketball courts in, and we will allow outdoorsmen who want to set up a table and sell lures or old guns or that kind of thing, to do so.
    We are working with Sandra McCormick, who owns McCreed Art Gallery a few miles east of Bennett Springs, to set aside a section of the building for Ozark outdoor artists and craftsmen to display and sell their work. I will be writing more about this, because we intend to make it a really big event, all tables and entrance to the event will be free. Most exciting thing I have ever been involved in, a chance finally to make our Common Sense Conservationist organization a strong and effective force in changing some things in the Ozarks. Time will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., October 12th…  More information to come, but set aside that date.
    Page 2 of 2 - On my radio program this Sunday we will talk about this and many other things. Listen in from 8 to 9 on KWTO AM, 560 on the dial. Hear it anywhere in the country via computer on www.radiospringfield.com. Write to me at Box 22, Bolivar, Mo 65613 or e-mail lightninridge@windstream.net. The website is larrydablemontoutdoors.blogspot. com.
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