Creature Thoughts, March-April 2022: Dear Dear Deer

I don’t mean to feed the deer. I know it’s not legal to do so. In fact, it’s illegal in my state (and many others) to feed any wildlife other than the birds. However, the deer (and the squirrels and the chipmunks and the occasional raccoon, saints preserve us) have minds of their own.

I had no sooner put the seed out for the birdies this morning, when I turned to see three large does helping themselves to my feeders.

Creature Thoughts: May 2020, Wildlife Season

This year’s wildlife season brings many challenges to wildlife rescue centers and rehabilitators. The COVID-19 situation, with social distancing and limited gatherings, has meant that many wildlife centers have lost a key source of their donation income. At New York Wildlife Rescue, the organization I work with, the educational programs have had to be put on hold, and that means that a large percentage of their donations have dried up. There are many other wild animal rescue organizations, and individual rehabbers, in the same situation.

Creature Thoughts Oct. 2019: Our Birds are in Trouble

Everyone knows I love birds. I’ve been a bird-watcher since early childhood. Some of my favorite early memories involve lying in my Aunt Sis’s hammock as she taught me all about the birds that visited her feeders. I am now so fortunate to live in a place where I am surrounded by miles of natural habitat. From my vantage point, with all of the wonderful species I see every day, I would never have guessed that nearly 3 billion birds have disappeared from North America since the 1970s.

Creature Thoughts, July 2016

This month, I’d like to share an excerpt from Through Their Eyes: The Nature of the Beast

I first encountered the word anthropocentrism when I was beginning to seriously study animal communication.

Creature Thoughts, June 2016

  Teach Your Children Forewarning: This issue is not your usual Creature Thoughts fare, and may be disturbing to the sensitive. Look upon your children that they may face the winds, And walk the good road to the Day of Quiet. —segment of a Sioux prayer We have a situation in our area that is…

The Truth About Starlings

Not long ago, I was watching an episode of a DVR-recorded television show in the den. The television is near our large aviary. Stars likes to sit on a high rope perch, where she can look down at the screen. An email came through on my cell phone, so I paused the playback for a few minutes to tend to it.

Stars, began to chatter. She started with, “Hi, Hi, Hello, Hi.” After each greeting, I absentmindedly responded in kind. Finally, sounding quite insistent and even frustrated, she blurted out, “I see to Mommy’s TV!”

Apparently she was growing impatient that I had paused her show. I pressed Play, and she happily returned to watching the program.