Wildlife Seek Warmth During Cold Snaps

Posted November 4, 2020 by Vindi Sekhon

Extreme weather conditions are becoming more and more common, adding stress to wildlife species and their habitats. Animals tend to choose areas where they prefer the climate, yet these climates are rapidly changing leading to loss of habitat and natural food sources.

The Red-Breasted Nuthatch, Black-Capped Chickadee, Hummingbird, Purple House Finch are a few of the winter animals Wildlife Rescue provides care to during these cold, winter months.

When we get extreme weather events, we must adapt quickly, and sometimes we need a bit of help to get through it. Wildlife must do the same – adapt quickly and receive a little help. We can be that help. There are three things that animals need, no matter what type of extreme weather:  water, shelter, and food.

  1. Water: You can provide water by filling a receptacle and changing it when it freezes over. If you have a pond that freezes over, you can melt a hole into the ice, by placing a pan of hot water on the surface of the ice until it melts.
  2. Shelter: Birdhouses are a great way to provide shelter to birds that may have been caught by a sudden cold front. Your backyard shrubs and trees can also provide shelter to small animals, so no need to clean up those brush piles just yet!
  3. Food: Maintaining and keeping your feeders filled is a great and simple way to help animals get through unexpected changes in the weather. Letting flowers and plants go to seed can also provide animals a natural source of food when they need it.

With just a little effort we can have a big impact on the lives of animals during extreme weather conditions.

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