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new-born fawn lies sleeping in the tall grass.
His spotted coat and silence are nature’s camouflage.
The doe is grazing away from her baby secure in the knowledge
that he is safe from harm. He has
no scent and will remain silently hidden until her return.
kits snuggled together in the
hollow of a tree enjoy an afternoon nap.
Mother who has just finished their feeding is also sleeping.
Tonight she will have to travel many miles before joining her kits at
dawn back in the safety of the tree den.
The night will be long. The
food source is dwindling. Too
much competition for too little space. She has more than one den within
her territory and will
share these sites come winter with other resident raccoons. They
will not hibernate but go into a form of suspended animation during cold
snaps, living off the fat they have gained through fall feedings.
flying squirrels sit quietly in their tree den. Since they are nocturnal
critters who hunt in the dark, most humans are unaware of their
existence. The squirrels also
serve as prey for owls and other creatures of the night.
If you put your ear to the right tree you just might hear the
churring as the tiny inhabitants stir in their sleep. The Douglas
squirrels have mated and made their nest in their favourite fir trees.
They share the fir cones and cedar buds, fungi, nuts, berries and
lichen with their cousins the
Eastern Grays and Northern Flying while chasing the saucy Stellers jays
away from their food caches.
you listen, you will find the air is filled with the sounds of robins,
sparrows, finches, juncoes, and wrens, just to name a few.
This multitude of our
feathered friends have
nested and laid their eggs as part of the rites of spring. Woodpeckers,
and hummingbirds noisily guard their territories. Hawks, eagles, and
owls have mended their
nests in preparation for their young while keeping watch on the small
rodents, their favourite meal in the surrounding underbrush.
variety of plants, grasses, trees, stumps and fallen logs, provide food
and habitat for the wildlife within its borders.
This is also home to coyote, weasel,
mink, skunk, possum, amphibians, reptiles, birds, insects and
butterflies, who co-exist in nature.
do all the critters go when
humans decide to take over their territory?
Many take up residence in human dwellings causing problems for
both species. Some animals become dependant on hand-outs which upsets
the balance of nature. Many are
killed or starve with the loss of their habitat.
can take steps to alleviate the suffering and upset of wildlife
in many ways. We can stop
clearing land in the springtime and leave a few dead trees, rock piles
and fallen logs. We can establish
wildlife corridors and replant wildlife trees.
We can leave an area in our own backyards wild, as habitat.
There are a number of plants, weeds and shrubs that will not only
beautify your yard but attract birds, bees and butterflies along with
providing nesting and denning sites.
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