Archive for July, 2012

Dog Park Grants

I have mentioned before that I subscribe to a grant information web site. From time to time there are items that catch my eye.  The most recent was a grant that is available from the Nutro Company – a manufacturer of pet products.  You can use your search engine to find out more about the Nutro Company and its grants policies.  The current grant is not a wildlife grant, but if you know of any non profit organization that might qualify, please pass the information to them.  The grant application deadline is September 30, 2012 and not for profit groups may apply.  The grant will be awarded for the creation/ expansion of Dog parks and Off Leash Areas in city environments.  Please do not tell me that you are…or are not…in favor of dog parks.  That is a personal opinion, many pros and cons.  But, as I have written before, most of us who are PRO animals, don’t often discriminate between wildlife and domesticated animals when it comes to helping them.

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Hummingbird Fanatic???

If you are like me you are often mesmerized by the antics of a hummingbird. How does this tiny avian acrobat survive? I found a nice website that gave some great insights into the secretive life of hummingbirds —- www.worldofhummingbirds.com. The home page has a lengthy article including interesting facts about our tiny “jewels of the desert”. It just might motivate you to hang out another “hummer” feeder in your yard!!!

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White nosed bat epidemic

I recently have been reading articles about an epidemic in bat populations called white nosed bat. The fungus like growth has been appearing on bats that hibernate and quickly spreads in the colony, thus being identified as highly contagious and deadly to certain bat species. Entire colonies of bats are being killed in one season. Why should we be concerned about bats?? Truly they might not be considered the cutest species on the planet, but they are certainly one of the most helpful to humans. Bats pollinate fruit trees and flowers and also keep down the insect population, including those pesky mosquitoes. So the recent loss of major bat populations is cause for alarm among environmentalists. If you seek more information, just google the term …white nosed bat ..and follow the numerous links to find out more about the disease, it’s effects and what is being done to try to save bat colonies at risk.

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If it quacks…is it a duck??

Our Director, Nancy, reported that during recent monsoon rains here in the valley she got numerous calls about ducks stuck in storm drains. The callers heard lots of quacking from the drains and assumed that a rescue was needed. What the caller really heard was not a duck, but a frog. Yep, a quacking frog. There is a type of frog that can sound very much like a duck. Nancy noted that it would be quite difficult for a full grown duck to get caught in a storm drain. Remember, if it quacks like a duck (especially in the rainy season) it could be a frog!!!

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Wildlife Rehabbers

The International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council is holding their big meeting this year . Mark your calendars … November 12 to November 17 in Appleton, Wisconsin. For more information go to the IRWC website. Www.theirwc.org

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