These little chipmunks arrived at a rehab facility at a very young age before their little eyes were open. Mom had had them in a nest on a bus in it's air intake on the engine. Not a normal chipmunk nest. The bus wasn't running right and they took it in to be fixed. Well the little one's lost their mom. Luckily the men found these little one's. And they made their way to a wildlife rehabilitator. A woman who gave them so much tender loving care and patience. Fed them every 3 hours day & night and put her life on hold for them. But she wasn't their mother. And in spite of all her loving efforts the little one's didn't make it. Not many of us ever get to see wee infant chipmunks. If the mother is killed or doesn't make it back to her den the little one's basically starve to death. A terrible death indeed. Some people think it is okay to trap these little treasures and take them to a new place. But it is not okay. It is illegal as well. There are ways to keep animals out of your garden's. I have more trouble with people's cat's. A lot of problems in fact. I am loosing bird's left right and center. THEE # ONE KILLER OF BIRDS IS CATS . Don't get me wrong I love cats. I have 3. But they have their own( well we share it now) screened in porch. They love it. And they sure tell me when another cat is on their turf as well. And look at the lives that could be lost in these photos. Precious innocent lives. Cat's did not kill these wee one's in these picture's. But it happens. I lost a chipmunk last year to the neigbours cat. I saw it take it and I couldn't get out there fast enough. It was gone. I will cherish these photos forever. And hope people may learn from them as well.
Jen's Creative Photography
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Something amazing to find is the 5 lined skink. It is Ontario's only lizard but is protected as it is a species at risk. Threatened. If you ever find one. DO NOT give out the location were you found it. It must be protected. You can report it though to places like Georgian bay biosphere,or MNR. If you ever turn over rocks looking for little beings underneith. Always put the rock back exactly how you found it and do it gently. Remember this IS somebody's home and protection. The red backed salamander is a more common species to find. However they to are not seen as often as they used to be. Never handle these little creatures if you have any creams,especially bug stuff or even sunscreen. It can harm them. I feel it is enough to see them. Handling them just causes due stress to these tiny creatures. Just enjoy and keep them safe.
This farm had a few work horses by the barn. I asked permission to go see them and were lucky to get a positive responce. What magnificent animals they were. 2 of them were" horsin around" so to speak. The gentil giants were ever so gentil and friendly. Was amazing.
My friend Fran in the trilliums. And a couple of great horned owlets in a heron rookery. These 2 were very snuggly in the nest and as I am finally getting these posted in June they are already fledged. The herons could care a less about the owls in their turf. I am wondering if that will change when thier young come along.
This female coyote was enjoying a lovely meal. One of these shots looks as if she is snarling at me but I took these at quite a distance and rest asured she was enjoying something. I couldn't tell what it WAS. She either has pups or is about to have them. But looks good and healthy. It was a pleasure to spend some time with her and she sure was co-operative for her photo shoot.