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Happy Earth Day everyone! :) We are celebrating by caring for these baby bunnies someone found Saturday. They will be going to the wildlife rescue on Wednesday! :) 

REMEMBER: If you find baby bunnies in a nest without a mother, it’s because the mother only visits the nest twice a day - once in the morning and once in the evening. If you think the babies have been abandoned, put yarn over the nest in a tic-tac-toe design, or sprinkle a ring of flour around the nest. Check back the next morning. If the yarn and flour are still undisturbed, the nest has been abandoned. Contact a rehabber! 

Someone brought me this little cottontail yesterday. The man’s dog brought it up to the house. The only wound I could see was a bad tear on the lip, but there must have been some internal damage, or possibly head trauma, because he died a few hours later :( At least he was in a warm, safe place at the end… 

Someone brought me this little cottontail yesterday. The man’s dog brought it up to the house. The only wound I could see was a bad tear on the lip, but there must have been some internal damage, or possibly head trauma, because he died a few hours later :( At least he was in a warm, safe place at the end… 

Hi! I've been looking at all the adorable pictures of Maypop and wondering: are opossums soft to touch? She looks kinda bristly, all I can think of to compare it to is goat fur, not sure how relatable that is q:

Possum fur is actually very soft! They look bristly but they are actually really cuddly… I’m trying to think of a comparison, but I can’t because it is unique :P It’s ALMOST as soft as a cat, but not quite…

So the little possum is at the sanctuary now. We suspect the blackened and other discolored toes, and the red marks on his tail, to be burns. He has what appears to be blistering near his anus which is making it difficult for him to defecate. He’s also about 10 grams under weight. 
It is likely that the people who kept the little guy over the weekend put him on a heating pad that was too hot and burned him. He will lose the tip of his tail and at least one toe (possibly more) because of this. REMEMBER: If you find possum babies, put them on a heating pad that is set to LOW. Keep their container well padded with plenty of layers for them to crawl through, and keep the container on only HALF of the heating pad so they can find the temperature that is most comfortable for them!
   
PLEASE CONTACT A WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR WHEN YOU FIND BABIES. This little guy was probably perfectly healthy when mom dropped him. Now he has complications because someone who didn’t know what they were doing tried to help! 

Last night, I rescued this little guy from a family who found him over the weekend. He is in my care until class tomorrow! 

awkwardsituationist:

chimpanzees have blurred the line that once existed between ‘man’ and ‘beast’. the chimpanzees taught us that, after all, we humans aren’t as unique, compared to the rest of the animal kingdom, as we used to think.

if only we can overcome cruelty, to human and animal, with love and compassion we shall stand at the threshold of a new era in human moral and spiritual evolution — and realize, at last, our most unique quality: humanity

jane goodall, born april 3rd, 1934. (photos by michael nichols and hugo van lawick)

Greetings, new followers! We’re so happy you’re here :) You can learn about Maypop’s story here! 

Greetings, new followers! We’re so happy you’re here :) 
You can learn about Maypop’s story here

possumtree:

Streeeeetchhh

How did this get so popular all of a sudden? This post is two years old :P 

Oh well. Cuteness lives forever! :D

Quick update!

1. Phil has an interview for a new job today! Very exciting because he’s sick of his old job and really looking forward to doing something in the company that better fits his skills. Plus it might mean a little more money, which we could really use! Positive vibes appreciated! 

2. I start school on Monday. I will be heading to a school two hours away to take a Wildlife Rehabilitation course so I can become a proper rehabber in this area! Super excited, but also very nervous. 

3. Maypop had a cold last week! She was all sneezey and couldn’t seem to smell properly because her nose was all congested. She was also drinking water (unusual), not eating much, and was spending about 23 and 3/4 hours a day either curled up in our bed or in my hoodie. I was pretty worried about her, but she’s all better now :) Phew. 

4. Our part of the world was not immune to the Snowy Owl invasion! One Snowy was even spotted only about twenty minutes from here! Phil and I are taking a little trek out to the coast tomorrow, where they have been seen most often in the last few weeks. I’m SO excited and really hope we see one! :D

magicalnaturetour:

Bats in Rehab. Flying foxes suffering from heat exhaustion recuperate inside their individual wraps after being rescued by the Australian Bat Clinic in southeast Queensland, Australia, on January 9, 2014.Photo credit: Australian Bat Clinic, Trish Wimberley / AP

magicalnaturetour:

Bats in Rehab. Flying foxes suffering from heat exhaustion recuperate inside their individual wraps after being rescued by the Australian Bat Clinic in southeast Queensland, Australia, on January 9, 2014.Photo credit: Australian Bat Clinic, Trish Wimberley / AP

How about July?

In July I got my GED, and the next day I got to go see Paul McCartney in concert! :D July rocked! 

send me a month and i’ll tell you one thing that happened in it in 2013
The Big Year, Complete

I didn’t talk about it much on here, but last year I was in a challenge to see as many new bird species as I could (within a 120 mile radius of home). It was a challenge between me, my husband, my brother in law and father in law. And I happened to win with 175 birds! 
Here is my blog about it all. http://skulkymoondog.wordpress.com/

Here is the list, in case you are interested: 

1. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2. Eastern Phoebe 3. American Crow 4. Mourning Dove 5. Turkey Vulture 6. Red-tailed Hawk 7. American Kestrel 8. Bald Eagle 9. Great Blue Heron 10. Ring-billed Gull 11. Eastern Bluebird 12. Eastern Meadowlark 13. European Starling 14. Mockingbird 15. Dark-eyed Junco 16. Red-bellied Woodpecker 17. Red-breasted Nuthatch 18. Tufted Titmouse 19. Northern Cardinal 20. Brown Creeper 21. Common Grackle 22. Song Sparrow 23. House Finch 24. Pine Warbler 25. Yellow-crowned Kinglet 26. American Robin 27. Black Vulture 28. Belted Kingfisher 29. Canada Goose 30. Pied-billed Grebe 31. Anhinga 32. Brown Thrasher 33. Eastern Towhee 34. Double-crested Cormorant 35. Rock Dove 36. Killdeer 37. Red-shouldered Hawk 38. Carolina Chickadee 39. Downy Woodpecker 40. Hairy Woodpecker 41. Carolina Wren 42. White-throated Sparrow 43. Ruby-crowned Kinglet 44. Yellow-rumped Warbler 45. Loggerhead Shrike 46. Northern Flicker 47. Mallard 48. Pileated Woodpecker 49. Great Horned Owl 50. Coot 51. Red-winged Blackbird 52. Tundra Swan 53. Black-crowned Night-Heron 54. Great Egret 55. Northern Shoveler 56. American Widgeon 57. Northern Pintail 58. White Ibis 59. Tricolored Heron 60. American Black Duck 61. Ruddy Duck 62. Great Black-backed Gull 63. Snow Goose 64. Fox Sparrow 65. Common Yellowthroat 66. Swamp Sparrow 67. Brown-headed Cowbird 68. Fish Crow 69. Wood Duck 70. American Goldfinch 71. Blue Jay 72. Gadwall 73. Green-winged Teal 74. Ring-necked Duck 75. Bufflehead 76. Chipping Sparrow 77. Northern Harrier 78. House Sparrow 79. Hooded Merganser 80. Black-and-white Warbler 81. Winter Wren 82. Blue-winged Teal 83. Grey Catbird 84. Palm Warbler 85. Bonaparte’s Gull 86. Forster’s Tern 87. Common Loon 88. Brown Pelican 89. Tree Swallow 90. Horned Grebe 91. Wild Turkey 92. Wood Thrush 93. Cedar Waxwing 94. Osprey 95. Barred Owl 96. Purple Martin 97. Barn Swallow 98. Sharp-shinned Hawk 99. Northern Parula 100. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 101. Cooper’s Hawk 102. Prothonotary Warbler 103. Chimney Swift 104. Summer Tanager 105. White-breasted Nuthatch 106. Red-eyed Vireo 107. Red-headed Woodpecker 108. Green Heron 109. Ruby-throated Hummingbird 110. Great-crested Flycatcher 111. Mississippi Kite 112. Eastern Wood-Pewee 113. Blue Grosbeak 114. Laughing Gull 115. Brown-headed Nuthatch 116. Prairie Warbler 117. Red-cockaded Woodpecker 118. Least Tern 119. Cattle Egret 120. Boat-tailed Grackle 121. Willet 122. American Oystercatcher 123. Little Blue Heron 124. White-eyed Vireo 125. Eastern Kingbird 126. Painted Bunting 127. Yellow-billed Cuckoo 128. Sandwich Tern 129. Indigo Bunting 130. Spotted Sandpiper 131. Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 132. Sanderling 133. Solitary Sandpiper 134. Royal Tern 135. Common Tern 136. Black-necked Stilt 137. Black-bellied Plover 138. Marbled Godwit 139. Short-billed Dowitcher 140. Snowy Egret 141. Ruddy Turnstone 142. Black Skimmer 143. Black Tern 144. Greater Yellowlegs 145. Lesser Yellowlegs 146. Reddish Egret 147. Herring Gull 148. Semipalmated Plover 149. American Redstart 150. Acadian Flycatcher 151. Glaucous Gull 152. Caspian Tern 153. Peregrine Falcon 154. Common Snipe 155. Semipalmated Sandpiper 156. American Bittern 157. Nashville Warbler 158. Black-throated Blue Warbler 159. Hermit Thrush 160. Redhead 161. Lesser Black-backed Gull 162. White Pelican 163. American Avocet 164. Savannah Sparrow 165. Red-throated Loon 166. Northern Gannet 167. Black Scoter 168. White-winged Scoter 169. Surf Scoter 170. Long-tailed Duck 171. Red-breasted merganser 172. Dunlin 173. Common Merganser 174. Common Goldeneye 175. Red-necked Grebe

Maypop has apparently reverted back to infancy. She keeps wanting to curl up in my hoody - while I’m wearing it. I feel like I’m pregnant with a squirmy baby that keeps making gurgling/purring noises and I have to hold it every time I stand up or it’ll fall out. >.<  

Maypop has apparently reverted back to infancy. She keeps wanting to curl up in my hoody - while I’m wearing it.

I feel like I’m pregnant with a squirmy baby that keeps making gurgling/purring noises and I have to hold it every time I stand up or it’ll fall out. >.<