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ENERGY REPORT - May 2022


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21 hours ago, Becca the Student said:

The energy reports this year always send me searching, looking for something to do to help shift our momentum more positively, but I always come back feeling helpless and useless. I find it difficult to know just what to do. Choosing kindness in our every day lives and working to foster kindness in others is all well and good, but it often doesn't feel enough.

 

@Becca the Student When I read this part of the Energy Report it made me think of some simple things we can do:

 

On 5/12/2022 at 9:45 AM, Troy said:

As POWER MODE is all about Presence, a conflict between powers can be all about who gains control in presence over others. This is important to note because those in false power are often not powerful or empowering, but are simply more present and ubiquitous in their presence. It is often the case that a minority of bigoted, fearful, hateful, abusive, divisive, oppressive, and dangerous people gain false power not because they are powerful, but because they convince others of their overwhelming presence. 

 

We need to be more PRESENT, more VISIBLE. The things I'm going to suggest might sound silly and small but . . .

 

Put up yard signs or window signs or flags on your property. Wear a t-shirt around town that shows your support for the causes you believe in. Like and COMMENT on the political posts of your friends on social media so that THEIR friends see that others support these stances. Also, this will bump the algorithms to make your friends' posts pop up on more feeds. Do anything that you are comfortable doing to be visible, to SHOW your PRESENCE for the causes you believe in.

 

This will probably mean expanding the idea of what you are comfortable doing. I have never been a yard-sign-having, political t-shirt wearing person but maybe I am now. Yard signs are ridiculed as being trite. A political t-shirt in public might invite unwanted comments or even attack. I feel gross getting into political arguments with friends' friends on Facebook. But, maybe I need to be more brave. Maybe I need to be not so Old-Soul tired and standoffish. Some ONE person might see my sign, my shirt, my post and feel supported, feel like they are not alone and this gives them a boost to express themselves and so on and so on and we have a wave.

 

Here is a Twitter thread I saw the same day as this Energy Report that was so validating. THEIR side is not afraid to be loud and it gives the illusion that they are more. OUR side second guesses. Overthinks. Argues amongst ourselves on the right way to be present.

 

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9 hours ago, Leela Corman said:

- I counter mis- and disinformation with my own media diet of high quality investigative journalism, mostly in podcast form. It's maddening at times, but also very grounding. Favorites are On The Media, Reveal, Maintenance Phase, and Conspirituality. This really helps me deal with and understand the fuckin brainworms out there.

 
On the media is excellent. Hidden Brain is another good one if you haven’t heard it. 

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You also missed this one part

 

"You are living again in a time when True and False Power are present in the world and it is likely that most must choose between the two. Nurturing, representing, and empowering True Power makes a difference in helping diminish the presence of False Power. Dismissing this choice is a choice for False Power."

 

This is where I think we get fucked up

We DISMISS our capacity to do something or make a difference, by saying it is too hard, too inconvenient, too vulnerable etc. This just gives leeway for false power indeed.

I can see why us just diving in and being visible would help most, instead of shrugging off and postponing what we see we could do.

Hm, a time to follow impulses I guess.

 

 

A recent post called "You were awake" by @Martha noted this that I think is relevant:

 

"MICHAEL: Wakefulness can be described in degrees as something like: Survival, Sustenance, Effectiveness, Calm/Centered, Presence, Knowing, and Vividry. Most who are awake "live" within the first three degrees. No one lives in the 7th degree, but it is often visited by those who are awake.

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MICHAEL: Once one lands into a Positive State of Being, such as Wakefulness, the experience begins to "spread" more "horizontally," and begins to work on one of the other States of Being, such as Truth, Love, Joy, Generosity, Integrity, or Optimism to then link to that State. You "sampled" high degrees of each.

 

MICHAEL: We will point out that all fragments in existence have a State of Being, either Positively or Negatively, because, of course, one cannot escape the fact that one exists. Many default to, or choose, one or more of the Negative States: Deception, Apathy, Misery, Avarice, Lying, and Pessimism.

 

MICHAEL: Or, of course, Waking Sleep."

 

 

I think that many of us just default to giving power to "Deception, Apathy, Misery, Avarice, Lying, and Pessimism", when we dismiss empowering choices.

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I'll add to this that I noticed Beau of the Fifth Column on YouTube has started up his series on "Community Networking" again, covering things for new viewers in the wake of the Roe v. Wade revelation. 

This video response ("Let's Talk About Voting Harder") to someone in despair on the issue and looking for help kicked it off, and since then, he's been adding more daily videos on the subject again to his channel.

Beau's Whole Community Networking Collection Playlist

 

In my opinion in terms of literal physical, tangible action, it doesn't get more clear and to-the-point than starting and growing community networks to leverage unified people-power.  You could argue it's literally what the Young souls manipulating Baby souls have done here.  We need to embrace the power ourselves. 

 

Edit:  Looks like this is the same as @Sam K's suggestion above, lol.

8 hours ago, Sam K said:

 

Good list. I would add to it, "look into and join/support local mutual aid groups and other community assistance networks." Having parallel networks of power to support people is going to be essential.

 


An aside on "Beau": I suspect this Old Warrior/Scholar-like guy low/high key occupies some kind of muse/mentor position for me, b/c the effect his videos have on me and many others in the comments is like literally the effect I want to have on people someday.  Just... knowledge that makes you feel sane, re-focused, peaceful yet ready to go help the world and do something about it... and I can't stop singing his praises

 

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12 minutes ago, Tyrone said:

 


An aside on "Beau": I suspect this Old Warrior/Scholar-like guy low/high key occupies some kind of muse/mentor position for me, b/c the effect his videos have on me and many others in the comments is like literally the effect I want to have on people someday.  Just... knowledge that makes you feel sane, re-focused, peaceful yet ready to go help the world and do something about it... and I can't stop singing his praises

 

 

But could someone just convince him to ditch the Taliban beard cut?  Bleh!  😜

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3 minutes ago, Bobby said:

 

But could someone just convince him to ditch the Taliban beard cut?  Bleh!  <img src=">

lmao, or just fix that twin-tail effect he's got going on; makes the beard look like an extended butt-chin...

...though that does remind me of a point that endeared that look to me: how he deliberately exploited that imaged stereotype to get clicks on his early videos.  he even played up his accent in the beginning for effect.  beautiful uses of +Contradiction & +Persuasion to hit audiences

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2 hours ago, Tyrone said:

An aside on "Beau": I suspect this Old Warrior/Scholar-like guy low/high key occupies some kind of muse/mentor position for me, b/c the effect his videos have on me and many others in the comments is like literally the effect I want to have on people someday.  Just... knowledge that makes you feel sane, re-focused, peaceful yet ready to go help the world and do something about it... and I can't stop singing his praises

 

I get a Sage-cast Sage vibe from Beau. It’s more than knowledge... he’s disseminating wisdom. ✨ T-shirts with messages are so Sagey (to me). It would be interesting to check with Michael.

 

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Thank you @Troy and Michael for this month's Energy Report.  Once again, this month's report feels precisely on target and validates what I've been feeling.   I've been having a hard time processing "everything” as of late but made the resolution for myself (before reading this report) that although so many things are headed in the wrong direction, I'm not going to give up.  I'm going to keep doing what I can do to put some love and positivity back into the world.  What I think and do matters even if it is a small thing in the grand scheme.   

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1 hour ago, Maureen said:

 

I get a Sage-cast Sage vibe from Beau. It’s more than knowledge... he’s disseminating wisdom. ✨ T-shirts with messages are so Sagey (to me). It would be interesting to check with Michael.

 

I could see Sage Casting on him.  If I had to be more nuanced on my guess for profile information, I would say Sage-Cast Warrior using Scholar Facet a lot of the time.  It seems to me oftentimes role is more subtle while casting&overleaves are more in-your-face, so while I see the obvious daily focus on dissemination through a platform with his modern-day occupation as a commentator and journalist, he definitely seems to me to shine in his persuasive powers when he disseminates, especially in his earlier videos.  He's a master at re-framing issues and using rhetorical techniques when necessary.  And when I look at the kind of life he's led, it seems clear to me one he is chock-FULL of action energy.  To the point I could see a core value of his having being capital Action for his whole life.  I see the "wisdom" aspect as being an obvious old soul taking on that responsibility for providing context and a big-picture perspective. 

And to the "knowledge" thing, it's his seemingly endless amount of historical context, practical survival knowledge, law enforcement, military and tactical knowledge that stands out to me.  I don't think he's a scholar in essence, but rather I think this one from Seven Facets of Role fits him:


THE SCHOLAR-WARRIOR is THE EXPERT. This is the Warrior who "knows his shit." He can fix things, he is tireless, and he is direct and to-the-point in getting things done, or communicating.
 

Edit: Though I absolutely think it'd be worth it to get a profile on him.  If anyone does, maybe using his name Justin King might help?  Not quite sure what kind of name works best for Michael to find people in this case.

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6 hours ago, Tyrone said:

I'll add to this that I noticed Beau of the Fifth Column on YouTube has started up his series on "Community Networking" again, covering things for new viewers in the wake of the Roe v. Wade revelation. 

This video response ("Let's Talk About Voting Harder") to someone in despair on the issue and looking for help kicked it off, and since then, he's been adding more daily videos on the subject again to his channel.

Beau's Whole Community Networking Collection Playlist

 

In my opinion in terms of literal physical, tangible action, it doesn't get more clear and to-the-point than starting and growing community networks to leverage unified people-power.  You could argue it's literally what the Young souls manipulating Baby souls have done here.  We need to embrace the power ourselves. 

 

Edit:  Looks like this is the same as @Sam K's suggestion above, lol.

 


An aside on "Beau": I suspect this Old Warrior/Scholar-like guy low/high key occupies some kind of muse/mentor position for me, b/c the effect his videos have on me and many others in the comments is like literally the effect I want to have on people someday.  Just... knowledge that makes you feel sane, re-focused, peaceful yet ready to go help the world and do something about it... and I can't stop singing his praises

 

 

Indeed, this is exactly what I thought of when the question of what can be done came up. Beau actually does literally say that this allying with and leveraging existing community structures is how the radical right was able to get this far with their political agenda and installing its political figures. In their case, those community structures were evangelical religious groups (young souls rallying baby soul groups if you will). It may be hard to imagine, but more liberal-minded communities can leverage that power in the community as well. And hopefully go on more of a grassroots, politically strategic offensive.

 

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Heh, I suspect Beau indeed still keeps his image and persona as is exactly because it contradicts expectations and thus brings in more viewers that might otherwise have not even looked his way. A smart idea in my book.
There's another person on Youtube (I think it's Meidas Touch channel or something) called Texas Paul who also has more leftward walking points but looks and sounds like he'd be your everyday older "good-old-boy" type. He's got a more fiery opinion attitude compared to Beau thought.

I very much appreciate the thoughtful and measured countenance Beau has in his delivery.

 

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@Tyrone, from watching Beau's videos, I've also been wondering about his Role and Casting, and he also definitely seems to me like a Warrior (possibly Old or Late Mature), especially considering his past military background. And, of course, any Role is capable of working anywhere, including a solid Role being in more traditional Sagey fields such as media and information, but the way he appears to use media seems to be specifically aimed at +Persuasion of people to move away from harmful regressive thinking rather than just sharing for its own sake. Though he does also appear to have some Sage and Assimilative  influences, likely through Casting or Overleaves.

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A little history on Beau.  

Yes he does the image deliberately.  From comments in his videos, he also live in the Florida Panhandle, so right in the middle of Trump country so the best way to get people to listen is to look like them. 

Beau mentions the work he did in Kidnap and Ransom world and work as mercenary for many years.  He got in federal legal trouble because he was extorting money from undocumented immigrants the people he worked for smuggled into the US.  His employer threw him under the bus.  He was forced to turn over all of his weapons.  For a bit he was on the right wing side of things.  There are youtube videos out there of him under his real name speaking at right wing rallies and on right wing talk shows. 

I don't know so this is just speculation. I suspect that experience with getting thrown to the feds and abandoned by "his people" made him question and rethink what he had been doing.

Whatever, road to Damascus event happened, I am glad it did. His knowledge and frankness about things is refreshing.
 

 

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Beau mentions the work he did in Kidnap and Ransom world and work as mercenary for many years.  He got in federal legal trouble because he was extorting money from undocumented immigrants the people he worked for smuggled into the US.  His employer threw him under the bus.  He was forced to turn over all of his weapons.  For a bit he was on the right wing side of things.  There are youtube videos out there of him under his real name speaking at right wing rallies and on right wing talk shows. 

He went through a redemption arc, I guess. I hope it's a genuine one.

 

The part in particular about him extorting money from immigrants, to be fair, is something that remains on the back of my mind when watching him and makes me feel uneasy. That's because those immigrants were young women around my age from my own country. It just feels too...close. Many people here earn way less than the rest in Europe so they go to other countries, including the US with the hopes of making a bit more, and then they get tricked and exploited.

 

I don't know the whole story but what I've read is still enough to bother me even though I try to see people as who they are in the present and not just who they were in the past.

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2 hours ago, Marigold said:

He went through a redemption arc, I guess. I hope it's a genuine one.

 

The part in particular about him extorting money from immigrants, to be fair, is something that remains on the back of my mind when watching him and makes me feel uneasy. That's because those immigrants were young women around my age from my own country. It just feels too...close. Many people here earn way less than the rest in Europe so they go to other countries, including the US with the hopes of making a bit more, and then they get tricked and exploited.

 

I don't know the whole story but what I've read is still enough to bother me even though I try to see people as who they are in the present and not just who they were in the past.

 

Assuming he's being forthright about his current opinions (and I've seen nothing to indicate he isn't), I don't think he'd want you to be unbothered by it. See past it to who he is now, maybe, but anyone who claims repentance, and then asks others to just not feel things about what they did before, hasn't really repented.

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@Marigold my parasocial speculations are probably that he came to terms with the very real harm he participated in.

 

He doesn't talk about it except in reference like about.

 

The spot where he said I was tired of seeing people get hurt.

 

That face was genuine to me. But then I am biased. And I am choosing to see it that way.

 

 

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On 5/13/2022 at 12:18 PM, Leela Corman said:

Something else I've been doing: planting pollinator attractors, now that I have some outdoor space. I'm not a gardener at all, this is all experimentation. I'm trying to create a space for bees, butterflies, and birds to eat and rest. So far I've planted a crabapple seedling, a plum sapling, a lilac bush, drift roses, peonies, lavender, creeping phlox, alyssum, and some other flowers, as well as some container herbs. Our yard is a weedy little spot, full of trash I'm constantly picking out. I found a witch's bottle and some kind of Santeria or hoodoo charm buried in various places around the yard. Hopefully soon all these trees and flowers will grow and thrive. It's already full of bees out there, because I left the carpet of dandelions and wild violets. Fuck fascism and fuck lawns. Support the bees!

I have been doing the same! I've been in my house 1 year as of May 12 and I have planted 18 native trees/shrubs and have packets of wildflower seeds I will be planting this week and into the fall. I suspect more planting will happen each year because I do want to get some veggies and herbs in there too. My goal is to create a bird/pollinator sanctuary.

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1 hour ago, Moonfeather said:

I have been doing the same! I've been in my house 1 year as of May 12 and I have planted 18 native trees/shrubs and have packets of wildflower seeds I will be planting this week and into the fall. I suspect more planting will happen each year because I do want to get some veggies and herbs in there too. My goal is to create a bird/pollinator sanctuary.

We've been lucky enough to have gotten a place with a backyard that seems to have been carefully curated to have native plants that attract all sorts of pollinators and birds already. We have zero bird feeders out, but are still getting visited by hummingbirds and bees every day since things started blooming. We've added a few fruit trees and plan to do at least a small herb garden this year, and then maybe branch out with vegetables in the fall or next spring. 
There are a lot of perennials(lily of the valley is finally coming up and starting to bloom, yay!)  and we are letting the lawn have all the dandelions it wants.  We plan to add some clover to eventually make it a clover lawn, with hopefully intermixed wild ground thyme, which bees also like and is another pollinator attractant, as well as smelling nice when you step on it. 
We are trying to be careful and be sure not to undo the work done prior, while doing what we can to try to start up a tiny food forest of sorts over the years. 
Feeling really fortunate to have found a place where someone clearly cared enough before us to work with what was already growing here, use only native plants and find stuff that is self maintaining. 

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On 5/13/2022 at 10:18 AM, Leela Corman said:

Something else I've been doing: planting pollinator attractors, now that I have some outdoor space. I'm not a gardener at all, this is all experimentation. I'm trying to create a space for bees, butterflies, and birds to eat and rest.

I did this at my last house and now am somewhat obsessed with planting things to attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds at my new house. I installed a tomato plant because, well, fresh tomatoes, but otherwise am far more interested in planting pretty things than edible things. Hyssop is a particular obsession because I noted at my last house that the hummingbirds loved it. This is a (lately very) windy place on the edge of prairie land so it will take me some time to see what will thrive in this environment, but I'm starting with anything and everything that I have the energy to plant and care for.

P.S. You mentioned planting a lilac bush. I found and planted a lilac variety that supposedly blooms more than once during the season. Didn't know such a thing existed so I'm interested to see how that pans out. 

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@Janet Where are you located? We live in a very windy place, too. It kind of drives me crazy.

 

I think the lilac bush I just planted blooms in May and July? I can't remember. I just ordered a Sargent crabapple sapling,  I'm so excited. It's going into the strip of dirt in front of the house. It's a compact variety. Crabapple is my favorite flower, since childhood, a scent I associate with freedom and with discovering my own interiority as a child, when I would climb the ones in Riverside Park and sit in the flowering branches, staring out at the Hudson, away from the chaos of other people. 

 

Now I gotta deal with the poison ivy out back.

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I may have mentioned this elsewhere, but it is definitely worth researching what plants are native or adapted for the area you're in and pick out some pretties from that. They're usually very low maintenance when established (because they're already use to the environment) and are already attractive to animals that live in the area. Sometimes you find some surprising edibles in the process (e.g. redbud trees).

 

Either way, it really does make a difference. I've added plants to our yard landscape overtime and the result was noticeable. Within a year I saw critters I hadn't seen in the yard before. Hummingbirds, lizards, dragonflies, different bees, etc. I saw fireflies in the yard the other night and that was rarely the case before. And the primary change was simply having some plants put in... becoming more garden and less lawn (though we still have a sizeable grass lawn).

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I am loving this garden path tangent. I have planted my garden up to the eyeballs with exotics and natives. Natives in NZ are a bit limiting, so I tend to love everything that will even marginally work in the area I am in, and see how it goes. We hard pruned a loquat tree a few months back after 7 years of letting it roam, and now it is flowering for. the. first. time. ever. I am so excited. I have not tasted one before.

Also. @Leela Corman you were in my dream the other night and we were having a great conversation, although I can't remember what about. (I am on the verge of completing my last assignment, over which I had a minor meltdown over last thursday but I have now repaired it, so it will probably look like the valiant effort of someone submitting an assignment). But, it was  conversation good enough for me to go hey I know you, (better than I suspected). I too love crabapple. My Aunt had a tree and made jelly out of it, which is my favourite jam/jelly ever.

I would be happy to visit the gardens of everyone who is keen. It is a shame the USA is so big and expensive to travel to. We could swap and propagate plants. Eco terrorism landscaping.

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2 hours ago, Eric said:

I may have mentioned this elsewhere, but it is definitely worth researching what plants are native or adapted for the area you're in and pick out some pretties from that. They're usually very low maintenance when established (because they're already use to the environment) and are already attractive to animals that live in the area. Sometimes you find some surprising edibles in the process (e.g. redbud trees).

 

Either way, it really does make a difference. I've added plants to our yard landscape overtime and the result was noticeable. Within a year I saw critters I hadn't seen in the yard before. Hummingbirds, lizards, dragonflies, different bees, etc. I saw fireflies in the yard the other night and that was rarely the case before. And the primary change was simply having some plants put in... becoming more garden and less lawn (though we still have a sizeable grass lawn).

One of the absolutely best things about moving here last year was on top of having a yard of our own, we also were seeing lots and lots of bugs. That sounds like it would be squicky, but we took it as a sign of it being a really good place for them to thrive and a balanced microclimate ecosystem here. 
Our old apartment just had a lawn and a few trees and we rarely ever saw even a gnat there-too much traffic and too little variety. 
Here there be bees, beetles, gnats, mosquitoes, flies, butterflies, other bees, bumblebees (I saw a huge fluffy one this last week) and it's the most encouraging thing I've seen all year. 

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@AnnaD I'm so happy we got to hang out in dreamland! NZ really is too far. I've always wanted to visit. Land of mellow noise rock and home of my beloved friend and amazing cartoonist Dylan Horrocks, the only other person I know besides myself to put Birthday Party lyrics in our comics. As well as a couple of other friends I'll probably never see in person!

And I would love to hang out in a garden with you and chat and watch the birds!

 

I think I need to pull some of the dandelions out back, it's getting a little crazy. But only a few. The bees are obviously loving it. I'm trying to figure out what to do about the back corner of the yard, which had a gigantic mound of sticks and brambles, choked by a couple of kinds of very entrenched woody vines coming out of and in some cases holding up parts of the loose rock wall back there. We took out the pile, and I chopped out as much of the vine as I could, and also the huge coil of rusted metal (?!) that the thickest trunk of the vine had grown around. Now there's a bunch of dry dirt that has a lot of fine-grained trash bits mixed into it, and some old asphalt paving buried beneath it. I'm thinking I might mix some soil and compost, spread a layer on top of that bad dirt, and put down some creeping ground cover that pollinators like. Alyssum or creeping thyme. I have some alyssum seeds, maybe I'll try that. It's ugly in that corner right now. There's also a splintered old stump that looks pretty bad, though I'm sure some bugs love it, which also means some birds are probably dining out over there as well. If I can get some flowers growing over there it'll soften the look of it. 

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I only grow mint currently. I did have some basil, rosemary, and dill, but they all died after a good while. The mint seemingly died too, but being mint, suddenly sprang back to life a couple months ago and is currently defying the Texas heat once more.

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I have been growing more indoors this past few years using hydroponics. I would like to plant more outdoors but as the US southwest is going through a megadrought, it is difficult to keep plants alive. The town I live in normally would get around 100 inches of snow a year but we got around 20 inches this year. The run off from the snowmelt fills up the water reservoirs. The lakes are at the lowest water level they have been in recorded history. I planted a variety of wildflower seeds of the blue-purple range this year in an older raised garden for the hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. I will see how that goes. I do get quite a few bird visitors even in the winter months with existing trees and shrubs. I do my best to feed them and give them a source of water throughout the year. The birds include varieties of sparrows, finches, blue jays, mountain bluebirds, western bluebirds, meadowlarks, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, and other species. A friend of mine who is also into birding shared an application with me called GoBird where people can report sightings of different bird species within a defined proximity and time period. There are many more species of birds who visit this area. Building a garden for pollinators is quite appealing to me.

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