This time of year we may not have such harsh weather, but the trees have lost their leaves, and the fruits they produce that feeds the many wildlife that stays in this area throughout winter months. Animals will eat bark, and what might be left of grass and brush, but they do enjoy a source they can depend on.
It’s very important to note that once you start feeding wildlife that you don’t abruptly stop. Keeping the birdfeeders, and corncob holders filled is vital to their daily nutrition. Many lumber-type establishments will stock supplies such as bird seed, corn cobs, suet and cakes, nuts and fruits, and food blocks for deer.
Make sure that the habitat area you are feeding also has a safe water source, and shrubbery that wildlife can hide or nest in. Feeding is only one way in which you can enjoy nature. Making it feel safe to them also is important to keep them coming around. Start by checking out the area before you invest in feeding and you will have a wonderful experience watching a variety of animals.
It is necessary to educate yourself on the risks of providing food for the animals, especially birds. Disease is easily transferred to these inhabitants if care is not taken in the place the birds and other wildlife go to get their food source. It’s a great idea to watch this video on research from Iowa State about disease transmission and birds to understand the risk and hear how to keep birds safe. https://vimeo.com/154107241
Get out there and enjoy nature!
The weekends are getting warmer and the camping bug might be nipping at you, if it is, get your tent or RV ready and hit the road!
Camping has a way of taking you far away from reality. Whether really far away from home or not far at all, you’ll feel a thousand miles away from all the everyday “stuff” when you’re out there among the trees, nature and fellow campers! There’s nothing quite like cooking a pot of beans or soup over an open fire or making campfire pies or s’mores at the end of a day of hiking, biking, swimming or just relaxing. The stories around a campfire are somehow more interesting, especially if it’s at 1:00 a.m. and you just don’t want to “call it a night.” What could be better than falling asleep in your lounge chair listening to the crackling fire and chirping peepers!
Every campground holds a new journey! Anywhere you camp, you make new friends, it’s guaranteed! Your children make friends they may never see again, but will always remember. Of course, you talk about your “rig” or the great features of your tent, what’s for supper or how far you drove to get there. Board games become a favorite thing to do. A friendly game of horseshoes is in order or perhaps a great round of your favorite card game. Let’s face it; you would never do all this if you stayed home.
So get out there, enjoy nature, the shade that is courtesy of some amazing trees and the comradery of fellow campers… and remember, at McCullough’s Tree Service and services like us, keeping nature healthy is what we do…so you can enjoy it!