For all the volunteers who stuck it out and lasted through the hard long shifts of screeching babies and over full nurseries….THANK YOU !!!
As of this week – the majority of our babies are outside with only the late arrivals still in the nurseries – WHEW
We can now enjoy that outside time with them and as the amount of time per little critter goes down drastically now we can also enjoy all the little things that make their lives better and let us enjoy our time with them more. The kind of things we all signed up for
Just as we all tired of endless rounds of bottles & weigh bags (oh those dang weigh bags)…so too did our critters.
Outside they get to hear and see more of a natural environment (including the Blue Jays, Chipmunks and local wild Raccoons trying to pinch their food )
Now we can focus on their development and making sure they are prepped for release and work to avoid them getting bored & restless which can slow down their readiness.
The property provides so many riches we can use for this and we can also make collecting items a family fun time (especially with kids on summer vacation looking for things to do) Great activity at the cottage or the park.
Leafy branches are enjoyed by ALL our critters – to play with or chew on, as are cedar boughs & Pinecones. The Fawns (as of Wed will be 4 little fawns) love willow & maple leaves
Strawberry season is here and all our critters love them, there are wild strawberries growing in a few areas around the property as well as close to many of us so please don’t hesitate to bring some in or take a few minutes to pick some.
We will focus on local foods found naturally as much as possible now with huge thanks to Sobey’s in Bradford for continuing to supplement with fruits, greens and vegetables every week – they REALLY ROCK
The Raccoons love to dig in dirt – and worms, snails, and crayfish are favourites – If you are digging your gardens and can spare some of your worms or are looking for a place to get rid of pesky snails – bring them in and put in extra litter pans with some fresh dirt or mud and watch great fun ensue. Large pebbles or small rocks are also great toys for them to play with.
Minnows are also a huge hit with the coons – a few in their water bowls give them (and us) great entertainment (and best videos). As always if taking any pics or videos – Please make sure to do so in a way that is not intrusive and does not cause too much contact as we get them “wilded up” and working to ensure they are not too used to humans around. Find ways to minimize contact – the best way to watch them play is from a distance (or via zoom lense)
and ACORNS – we will NEVER get enough ACORNS – Squirrels and Raccoons all love them and Fawns naturally get a large percentage of their late summer/early fall weight from them to last through the winter – so make sure everyone you know is aware that if they have any on their properties that WE WANT THEM
All other naturally found local nuts are also big hits for most of the critters and if there’s any question about which ones may/may not be good for them we will post a list by the sign in sheet.
Dandelion Greens are also a big hit with all and a staple “super food” for many of our critters so anytime you’re out cleaning out from your lawns and gardens – bring them in and have them enjoyed.
Hopefully the hammocks for the outside coons will be completed soon (a great task for anyone done early – nudge nudge wink wink) – and seeing the babies play on those is such wonderful fun.
On very warm days, a bit of time with the hose on Spray can provide a lot of entertainment also as the babies will play in it and cool off (HINT – do this BEFORE you change their straw or will need to do over (filed under lessons learned))
Thank you again for sticking it out through the tough stuff – please reward yourselves and the critters now with the fun stuff
Release season will begin very soon also and is the ultimate pay back for all your hard work. We will schedule a few key dates for releases if you want to join those but there will also be some on other dates as well if you can’t make those.