Tracie L. Rodgers Children's Book Author and Lover of Wildlife

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My Thanksgiving Rose!

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We arrive home on a fall chilly day to a beautiful Monarch Butterfly fluttering around in our driveway. We stop the car, I get out to help this sweet butterfly. She crawled on my hand and I gently moved her to a another location in our yard while it appeared she needed a safe placeĀ  to get her bearings. I immediately accepted the KAPOW! mission and dedicated time to watch over her while she tried...

BEE Energized!

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At times we all need a little more energy in our day. Whether, it is a long day at work or working hard in the yard, or maybe supporting family. We all can impart so much of our heart and soul that we are simply exhausted. Well, that is what this sweet honey bee needed today. A little boost, to “BEE” energized! My husband and I were taking a break from our work and noticed a honey bee...

Amanda’s World

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What a creative day today. I was encouraged by my husband and producer of our KAPOW! book series to create an overview of Amanda’s backyard world and all locations in Oh Hoppy Day! and Sadie’s Purpose (and this will definitely serve us well in my 3rd KAPOW! book too). We are so thrilled to be in illustration production with Sadie’s Purpose (our 2nd KAPOW! book). This backyard...

Sweet Bunny Tears

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Today is one of those days that sweet bunny tears flow from a loss of a precious cottontail rabbit. The past few days an adorable cottontail rabbit looked like he/she was not doing well. The sweet bunny had the same “tumor bumps” as Hallie Bunny when she crossed over the rainbow bridge. When I observed this special cottontail rabbit I always begin with sending bunny healing prayers...

A Squirrel Empty Nest!

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We are always so honored when our super star of our children’s book series from Kapow Books (Oh Hoppy Day! and Sadie’s Purpose), Sweet Sammie The Squirrel allows us to observe how she raises her precious family. This past spring was such a special time to get to know her 3 children (2 sons, Springer and Sawyer and 1 daughter, Saintly). From what we have continued to observe, Sammie...

Marco The Garage Rat

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“Will you be mine, won’t you be my neighbor?” I was reminded today one of my favorite childhood shows, Mr. Rogers and his wonderful welcoming song “Won’t you be my neighbor?” That is what we felt today when trying to rescue a precious rat that was living in our garage. At times, I think the wildlife friends around us, might possibly ask that question...

A Snail Storm!

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With all this rain we have been experiencing this spring, it has brought us a galore of cute little snails visiting our yard. One day after it rained, I had picked up approximately 20-30 snails and moved them to safer location in our yard so we would not accidentally step on them. It felt like we had a snail storm, not a hail storm. It was unbelievable. After another rainy day, I loved witnessing...

Houston, they are not a problem!

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I am sure we have all heard the famous quote “Houston, we have a problem!” This quote was in the 1995 movie, Apollo 13. I am a Texan and Houston is one of the cities in Texas so this quote is a nice example for this particular blog post. I would like to share the three P’s of how we might consider a different perspective regarding wildlife. Houston… They are NOT a Problem...

It’s Time!

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It’s Time – A poem in loving memory of our cat, Maxwell “Max”. You rescued our grieving hearts with hope, love and peace, when we brought you home. We watched you explore your new territory, you were free to roam.   You immediately found your rhythm and filled each room with so much joy. I learned to slow down, stop, stretch and breathe from this cute little boy...

A Special Surprise

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Over this past year, I like to reflect on all the wonderful moments with nature and our backyard wildlife. I have met so many new wildlife friends that have visited our yard. The little packrat in particular is a special surprise. A pack rat or packrat, also called a woodrat, can be any of the species in the rodent genus Neotoma. I strive to appreciate all living creatures on this earth. This is...

Tracie L. Rodgers Children's Book Author and Lover of Wildlife