Have you witnessed wildlife in your own backyard? Have you been tracking bird migrations, or have you witnessed seasonal temperatures affecting wildlife? Have you just seen strange wildlife behavior in general? We want to hear from you!
On 7/19/2014 nancy wrote:
Usually we enjoy watching several varieties of butterflies on the butterfly bushes. This year, only one along with several skippers. What happened?
On 7/18/2014 James J wrote:
I was eating lunch along the Norwalk River behind our office (Merritt 7) and a mink loped by along the opposite bank with a small garter or ribbon snake dangling from its mouth. First mink I've ever seen in Norwalk.
On 7/17/2014 Carolyn wrote:
I was visiting my mother in Merritt Island, Florida. She lives on a canal. A friend visiting her next door neighbor came over with his kayak to take a ride in the canal. While paddling around he came across an osprey flapping around in the water. The osprey pulled itself up and rode the front of the kayak back to the dock. My friend was then able to get it to perch on the oar handle and set it up on the dock railing. I caught sight of this from my mother's back porch and my curiosity led me to get involved. The osprey did not fly away, so we weren't sure it it was injured or not. We had no idea what to do and wanted to make sure it would be okay, so I Googled "wildlife rescue in brevard county" and came up with a list of numbers that my friend proceeded to call. He found The Florida Wildlife Hospital at 4560 US 1 in Melbourne, Phone: 321-254-8843; Website: www.floridawildlifehospital.org, and they have empty cages there for anyone to bring a rescued or injured wild animal and they check them at night. Together we very gently put the osprey in a big box and my friend dropped it off. Later, he sent me a picture of the osprey sitting in the cage. I will upload it to the photos. He said the woman he talked to at the wildlife hospital said the same night another osprey had been dropped off. She was assuming there must have been a big gust of wind that blew them out of their nests (we have been having our usual severe summer storms). She said it was not injured and was doing fine. It was supposedly a young bird because it still had white at the end of its feathers. It was a magnificent bird and I was truly impacted with such an up close and personal encounter.
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