Yellow colors. Crunchy pathways. Crisp mornings. These are signs of the fall season. This year, fight the urge to add ‘rake leaves into piles’ to your seasonal to-do list. Here are three reasons why you should leave the leaves this season: 1.Provide habitat for wildlife As the trees shed their leaves, this new organic layer starts to form its own ecosystem. It provides shelter for wildlife from worms and caterpillars to shrews and chipmunks. Butterflies and moths rely on these leaves for protection throughout the winter months. According…

1 billion. That’s the highest estimate for the number of birds that die each year due to collisions with manmade structures. Join FLAP Canada, Greenwood and other bird lovers during the Global Bird Rescue campaign between October 3rd to 9th to help save our feathered friends. Migratory birds and others alike face threats from buildings in the daytime and at night. Reflections create the elusion of a continuous flight path. Sometimes these winged creatures see themselves in the glass and perceive a threat on their territory. Either way,…

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Cavity nesters are defined as birds that build nests, lay eggs and raise young within a sheltered chamber. Sometimes this is a dead tree, rafters in the barn or even cliffs. This is the type of bird that inhabits your bird house. Common cavity nesters in Colorado are woodpeckers, chickadees, nuthatches, swallows, wrens, and bluebirds.  If you find a damaged or fallen nests of these species, please follow the steps below to safely reunite them with their feathered families in a new nest: Obtain a large plastic jug…

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Fireworks are used to celebrate America’s independence and nationhood on the Fourth of July. These celebrations range from festivals to parades to ceremonies. Below are some facts on impacts of fireworks and tips on how to protect wildlife during your celebrations: Limit air pollution to reduce adverse health effects Fireworks and firecrackers release poisonous smoke that can contain toxic gases, such as ozone and carbon dioxide, traces of heavy metals and other harmful chemicals. This fume of fine particles not only impacts the wildlife in close proximity to…

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The summer solstice, on June 21st, 2022, kicked off the official first day of summer with Earth’s longest day of sunshine in the Northern Hemisphere. There are a variety of traditions across the world that celebrate the midnight sun; however, most use this celestial event to give thanks to nature and its gifts. With each shift in season, the type and number of wild patients follow suit based on their natural cycles. Over the course of the year, the number of onsite animals at a specific time depends…

An imitated sparrow call by a Northern Mockingbird. The drum of a Red-bellied Woodpecker on a pine. A squeak of an Anna’s Hummingbird in courtship. The whispering song of a Steller’s Blue Jay. The list of bird sounds in Colorado could go on and on. The Difference Between Songs, Calls and Other Bird Sounds Bird vocalizations come in all tones, patterns and decibel levels. However, they all have one thing in common – these sounds are critical for their communication in the wild from warnings to courtships. Humans…

There are a few key differences to point out when comparing torpor and hibernation: Hibernating isn’t the same as sleeping Bears aren’t the only ones who hibernate Animals are not always still during hibernation Both hibernation and torpor can last for different time periods One is voluntary and the other is not Due to mammals’ high metabolic rate, they must maintain their body temperature. Smaller animals have a higher risk since they have a larger surface area to volume ratio. They lose heat rapidly so the best solution…

As the colder weather approaches, birds of all shapes and sizes have to start adapting to the colder weather. Extra winter feathers, shivering, and roosting with others are just a few of the ways they are able to keep cozy throughout the cold weather months. Extra feathers @fsw.org Many birds grow extra feathers as part of a late fall molt in preparation for winter. These extra feathers provide birds with the perfect insulation to stay warm. Additionally, birds have a unique adaptation called the uropygial gland. This special…

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Oh no, you’ve found a bird’s nest in the old backyard tree you want to remove! What do you do? There are regulations regarding the moving or destroying of nests, so make sure to do your research before taking action. Here are some of the most important rules to know: The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) states that it is illegal to “take (kill), possess, import, export, transport, sell, purchase, barter, or offer for sale, any migratory bird, or the parts, nests, or eggs of such bird except…