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Nature Can Be Cruel
July 17, 2017

Even baby animals need a lot of sleep.

Welcome to my little zoo, there are other pictures of the fur kids.

I continue to share, as so many of you request photos and a bit of information on the babies.

Miss Penny is slowly warming up to Sophie, as they try to play some.

Snickers is everyone,s friend.

Even Akita will try to play, and did share nap time.

Also I am sharing a few flower pictures from this past week.

So far we have had timely rains and managed on the most part to avoid the real nasty weather.

At least in my neighborhood.

Praise God, our health is pretty good.

This is the time of summer where we should be relaxing some and enjoying the fruits of our labor.

I know, that isn't always possible.

Boy do I know.

Try to relax, enjoy the wildlife that visits (well, there are some pests).

As you watch a butterfly flit through your flowers.

Maybe a chipmunk scurries by, or a toad is hunting under the foliage of your flowers or vegetables.

Smile, say thank you, and understand the harsh reality of every day life.

A topic I covered years ago.

Nature is harsh and often Cruel.


You may have seen the documentaries on TV.

Wildlife stories where drama unfolds.

The harsh reality of nature where a pack of wolves run down an elk and savagely kill it.

A Bobcat pounces on a rabbit.

A Grizzly bear takes out a baby deer.

If you are like me, you sometimes don't want to look at or see a young or helpless animal's life end so violently.

You might even say "awww, The poor thing."

Some how we don't think of the predator or if and when it will get its next meal.

Yet, these are every day events in nature.

Some how, if they are out of sight, they are out of mind.

We don't think of these things (possibly because intended it that way).

But it is everyday life and death in the natural world.

Checks and balances.

Cruel as it may seem, it is all part of our "Creator's" system of having nature run smoothly.

Without the checks and balances, where would nature be.

Last week I mentioned "When Weather Happens", and some effects it has on nature and us.

Natural disasters (The Weather), can actually help to improve nature and wildlife.

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I get upset when a bird nest is raided.

Eggs or baby birds become a meal for some other creature.

Sometimes another species of bird will be the culprit.

Life goes on for the parents as they may build another nest.

Think of this, ............

Take a very conservative number of 100,000,000 breeding pair of American robins.

On average, each pair has two nests and each nest has four eggs.

If all the eggs were allowed to hatch and all the hatchlings survived till next breeding season, we would be over populated with 1,000,000,000 robins.

Now do the math for one more year, using the billion as breeding pairs.

Get the picture?

Can you imagine what it would be like if all our birds survived and multiplied like that?

Thankfully, on average about 25% will see their first birthday, enough to replace the robins that die of old age and fall as prey and accidents and possibly a few extra to help with a healthy population.

Now this number fluctuates from year to year, as nature balances out the order of things.

This scenario plays out everyday with every living creature in the wild or world of nature.

We simply don't think of these things.

If there were that many birds, there wouldn't be enough food to sustain all of them and some would perish from lack of food.

In some situations, starvation is indeed part of the check and balance system.

However, "Nature" has a system and nothing goes to waste.

Death for one becomes life for another and up the chain it goes.

A dead bird becomes food for insects, bacteria and other creatures.

In return, the bacteria returns the nutrients back into the earth, insects become food for others and up the chain.

Even apex predators like birds of prey, the wolf and cougar fall victim eventually.

Do you ever wonder why rabbits breed so often?

Rabbits and their babies provide food for a multiple of other wildlife.

Even the Red fox family I watched this spring (and still do from time to time), will feed on rabbit.

The thousands of frog and fish eggs that are laid.

Thousands upon thousands of tadpoles and baby fish become food for similar species as well as a slew of predators.

Nature is very tough and very cruel.

As a Naturalist, I paused and thought about a protein rich meal for another animal.

Living near a pond, Snapping turtles come to mind.

Snappers will feed on most anything in the water, including baby ducks and geese.

Not to mention the Otters that visit from time to time.

I can't forget the birds.

Great Blue and Green Herons, and Belted Kingfishers.

I can't forget the the various Swallows that swoop and feed off insects.

Turtles leave the pond and lay their eggs.

Now, if all the turtle eggs hatched and made it to the pond, there would be nothing in the pond for any predator, and the turtles would starve.

However, insects would thrive and get out of control.

Nature is set to have egg clutches raid turtle eggs, yet enough will hatch to keep the cycle going.

Nature's laws dictate a certain amount of survival.

It isn't all cruel, my family of foxes has thrived this spring and early summer, because they have a safe habitat (so far), and an abundance of food, like mice, bunnies, eggs, etc.

Predator and prey.

Balance is a good thing.

Birds eat thousands of insects, yet some of these insects pollinate our gardens, prey on other insects or may be part of nature's clean up crew.

Nature is hard, even for the bugs.

Again, the cycle goes on.

Toads eat insects and a snake eats the toad.

Just like that, a bird of prey comes along and snags the snake.

Things we rarely think about, yet they happen everyday.

This is one of the reasons why I make every effort to avoid insecticides.

It's not just for birds and butterflies, it's all of nature.

I like some wildlife in my yard, and I invite it.

When wildlife comes into my yard, I can enjoy it and I feel like I'm a part of the whole.

Yes, it is all part of wildlife gardening.

Even the chipmunks have a place in my yard.

Nature's disasters or laws have a way of balancing out over a period of time.

Predator and Prey.

What is the saying?

“The Circle of Life.”

Should we stop helping nature, if we are messing with a natural order.

We mess with the natural order every time we strip a field or a woods.

Nature needs our help if it is to continue, only because we have messed with nature for too long.

Wildlife needs our helping hands.

It is only the human interference (not help) that wildlife disappears or goes crazy.

There is so much to say on this subject, but I hope you get the general idea.

We are appointed stewards of our planet.

Let's be good stewards and take care of it and enjoy the “REAL NATURAL WONDERS” that surround us.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless.

"When man moves away from nature his heart becomes hard".

Lakota (Native American) Proverb

A hardened heart affects all aspects of your life.

Be a good steward.

"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace"

1 Peter 4:10

And God blessed them.
And God said to them,
“Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Genesis 1:28

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb.

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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