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  Frédérique Morrel The French artist Frédérique Morrel was horrified to discover that when her grandmother died, all of her handicrafts were thrown away. Since then, she has been pursuing the idea of bringing her grandmother’s works back to life in order to revive the passion that was inherent in them. In the process, she has developed a completely new artistic concept that “ decycles ” unnoticed and unvalued pop artifacts, thus helping them make the transition to a new life cycle.  ** Thankfully, no animals were harmed in the making of  Frédérique Morrel’s art.  The horns and fur are real; the rest is a mix of taxidermy molds and vintage needlework.  While amusing and perhaps a bit shocking, the trophies that adorn the Seventh Floor are “tame” compared to some of Frédérique’s other work which include life size horses, deer, wild boar and even humans (which they call “ ghosts ”.)  If the artists’ goal is to “re-enchant” our world, then

bird migration underway

 oTis loves birds!


Create your own stopover site

Your yard can be a place for birds to rest and refuel during migration:

Plant trees and shrubs that provide food and shelter.

Provide a birdbath and/or dishes of clean water.

Avoid using pesticides on grass or plants.

Keep bird feeders filled with seeds, suet and nuts.

Leave plant stalks standing for seed eaters.

Alert birds to windows with UV-reflecting decals.

Keep cats indoors, especially during migration.

Going the distance

How far do rose-breasted grosbeaks travel? A bird that departs from Baudette, Minn., in the fall may travel as far south as Panama or northern South America, some 3,300 miles, one way.

Eye on migration

You can track bird migration by using two amazing free tools, one estimating migration night by night, the other depicting a bird's travel year.

BirdCast Migration Dashboard estimates the total number of birds migrating through your county on any given night (start here:

And the Bird Migration Explorer allows users to enter a bird species, then watch its migration route over a year's time (start at:



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