Yesterday we talked about the hand-made sweets at the Kellerhaus, but today we are going to make a big leap to a different topic. Most of us are starting to get the Christmas dinner planning and preparations underway, and along your multiple trips to the store, some of you may have noticed that there's been an increase in turkey traffic, and I'm not talking about the turkeys at the grocery store!
Day 5: Watch out for turkeys and other wild animals
The snow we got the other day was absolutely beautiful! Although it's fun to play in and celebrate the holiday season with, it's actually making it difficult for turkeys and other wild animals to find food. Because of this, turkeys have been flocking to the streets and other areas with low snow volume in order to find food. People have also noted an increase in the presence of rarely seen owls and have noticed that the bird seeds in their feeders are needing to be refilled faster than normal.
So a word of caution, keep your eye out for an increase in activity in wild animals.
One of our clients who recently sold a property in Meredith, jumped into action when he came across a broad-winged hawk with a broken leg. On behalf of our clients, the Schmidt Home Team is donating to the Elaine Conner Wildlife Refuge, which helped nurse our client's injured bird back to health just in time for it migrate south with 14 other rehabilitated broad-winged hawks to survive the winter.
"Elaine Conners Center for Wildlife is a wildlife rehabilitation center whose mission statement is to 'provide professional and compassionate care to injured and orphaned native wildlife in need and to educate the public about our work.'"
The Center was established in 1991 in Madison, New Hampshire in Elaine Conners' memory, who was a local resident known for taking in and rehabilitating injured animals of all kinds. The Center focuses on rehabilitating injured wild animals with the intention of a safe release back into the wild once ready.
In case you yourself come across an injured wild animal, the Center recommends the following practices when handling the animals:
- Firstly, take into account the age of the wild animal and whether any parents are visible. Removing young animals from their parents can result in mental detriment to the parents and may reduce the likelihood of a successful survival for its offspring depending on the circumstance
- If you need assistance evaluating the situation, then please contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in your area for additional guidance
- If the situation warrants you to take possession of the animal, always wear gloves, and carefully place the animal in a well-ventilated box, keep away from pets and commotion and do not feed it. Call the Center to make arrangements for the delivery of the animal during regular business hours
- Do not pick up a baby or un-feathered bird unless you are sure that the bird is indeed injured. If a baby bird needs to be kept in your possession overnight, supply the bird with a heat source- like a heating pad or warm water bottle- but make sure the heat source is not in direct contact with the bird- put a towel between them, and again, do not feed
- The process is similar if a baby injured mammal is found, use gloves, a well-ventilated box, provide a heat source, and do not feed it
These practices can be the difference between a success story and a sad story, so please take note, and when in doubt, call the Center or another wildlife professional for advice and assistance!
The Center is a non-profit and welcomes volunteers passionate about wildlife and donations to support their mission of protecting our invaluable wildlife populations. They also offer training to individuals who wish to become licensed wildlife rehabilitators, and you can even sponsor an injured or orphaned white-tailed fawn or calf!
Check out their website to see how you can get involved with the Center, and please be careful while driving during this time of increased wildlife activity!