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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…

Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day on May 8th! Migratory birds do so much for our ecosystem,including the spreading of seeds, plant pollination, agricultural pest elimination, and so much more.Let’s take a day to look for and celebrate our winged friends! Colorado is native to over 400 species ofbird, and it is right in the middle of the Central Flyway.There are’s many migratory birds you may see in Colorado this time of year, including the SandhillCrane, Northern Goshawk, and Bald Eagle. Some smaller birds can be attracted to your…

We get it. Your cat went outside once and now reeks havoc on your sanity anytime you try to keep her indoors. The meowing and scratching is incessant and every time you try to open the door she makes a run for it. Low and behold, now you have an outdoor cat. If your cat absolutely MUST be outside, there are things you can do to help curb the tireless murder spree of birds, bunnies, and snakes. Here is our list of helpful solutions to keep cats from…

*this information does not apply to waterfowl and shorebirds* Birds don’t abandon their young often. That is why it is important for people that are concerned about a baby bird to attempt to reunite it with it’s mother first. Mom bird knows exactly how to raise her babies so that they thrive in the wild. If the bird is bleeding, caught by a pet, or cold it might need to be brought to Greenwood. Give us a call any day from 9AM – 4PM at 303-823-8455. Otherwise, there…

World Migratory Bird Day on May 9th helps us recognize the migration of birds and the importance of protecting the wonderful winged wildlife on this planet. Take a moment to celebrate birds by participating in a few of the following activities.    Bird Day LIVE Festival Starting May 7th until May 9th, you can digitally tune in to stories, educational sessions (some are in Spanish too!), movies, and quizzes to get you excited about World Migratory Bird Day. Check out the schedule here. Listen to birds from around…