Found this small doofus drowning in a research bucket and scooped him out. I think this is a hatchling periodical cicada! Never seen one before. I put him in the dirt and he burrowed away. Good luck with the next 17 years little friend
A few new necklaces to sell at the Detroit Oddities and Curiosities expo this Saturday (7/17/21)! Hope to see some of you there (but be sure to get your tickets in advance as they're limiting capacity this year).
Some of these that don't sell at the event will be available on my Etsy afterwards (though I may save some for the Chicago expo at the end of August). My etsy's on vacation mode while I'm away for the event at the moment but will be back in a few days. In the meantime feel free to message me if you have requests for which should go online, if you have questions, want to plan a custom one, or whatever!
I’m so excited! For the first time in my experience working with wildlife I was able to work with the amazing and incomparable swallow-tailed kite!
This gorgeous young bird was brought into the hospital weak, emaciated, and unable to fly. When radiographs and blood work showed no signs of trauma or illness, we provided supportive care until his body condition improved. Once he started acting feisty we knew he was feeling better, and he was sent to a raptor rehabber to be flight-tested before release. It was so great to see a positive outcome for this absolutely incredible bird!
Swallow-tailed kites are pretty universally beloved by birders, and rightfully so. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology website describes them as “the coolest bird on the planet” and the National Audubon Society calls them “our most beautiful bird of prey”. May my beloved red-tailed hawks forgive me but I honestly can’t say that I disagree! The swallow-tailed kite lives throughout Florida’s wetlands along with South America, and they are known for their distinct, graceful form of flight. The adults feed primarily on large insects, and must be able to snatch dragonflies, wasps, and cicadas right out of the air. It’s believed that Swallow-tailed kites are monogamous and although a mated pair might spend quite some time away from one another, they will meet up again before migrating south together for the winter. (Also I would love for Florida to switch the state bird from mockingbird to swallow-tailed kite but that’s just one of my many many state bird opinions)
I swear my heart flutters every time I see one of these beauties flying overhead, and I am so grateful that I got to help this remarkable bird return to the wild where he belongs
Restocked my winged eyeball pins and made some other jewelry with real cicada wings and glass prosthetic eyes. The winged eyes are in my Etsy (link on profile) now, at least some of the others will be in the next few weeks but let me know if you want one in particular before then!