Outdoor Wildlife Tips
Many people ask: “Why is spring time the busiest time of the year for people who want to preserve and rehabilitate wildlife?” The reason is because there is an influx of births in the wild during the spring! One thing that is important to point out while we are the subject of new births:
Every year with the influx of births people who mean well upset the lives of young wildlife in an attempt to “save them.” While meaning well, most people who do this do not know how to care for wildlife, and the young animals die despite the best efforts. If the animals do survive, once released back into the wild they are unable to fend for themselves as a result of missing out on some of the natural experiences of being in the wild.
One of the best ways to help out the wildlife in your own backyard is to supplement their diet with enough food that they can start storing some away, but not so much that they become reliant upon it. The more variety in the food that you put out, the more variety of species will be attracted to your yard. Seeds, filberts, apples, squash or corn, sunflower hearts, wild bird seed, and mealworms are good for most plant eating wild life that will frequent your yard. For the carnivorous animals some dog food or wet cat food will suffice in addition to the other options, but you will have to be weary of attracting stray dogs and cats to your yard.
If you live in an area where there are deer you can get or make your own deer feeder to help out the deer population near you. “Gravity regulated” feeders have been reported to be the most low maintenance feeders.
It would benefit you greatly to research the types of birds in your area and the feed they enjoy before purchasing a feeder. Most people have found that tube feeders are the easiest and least likely to become contaminated.
It’s best to put your feeders in a place where you can see it from your window and where it is also safe. Window glass actually kills 100 million birds a year according to allaboutbirds.org. Place bird feeders closer than three feet or further that thirty feet from the window. For information about rehabilitating wildlife please go to https://www.universalclass.com/articles/self-help/the-basics-of-wildlife-rehabilitation.htm</p>