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Wildlife Corridors
May 30, 2017

I hope you enjoyed the long weekend and through your activities, you remembered all those that have served and do serve.

This goes for everyone, not just America.

I have a couple of pictures this week of Snick, Snick, and Miss Penny.

The fur kids are more in demand than me.

Kitties, they will sleep just about anywhere, anytime.

Snicker Doodles, well, she is just cute.

This past week had its challenges and rewards.

Many of you know my brother in law passed away last week (Karen's sister's husband).

He had been feeling poorly for quite some time.

Doctors finally found out he had lung cancer and gave him maybe six months.

Within two weeks he was gone.

The reward or blessing is knowing he accepted the Jesus as his savior.

Otherwise, the week was filled with busyness as spring marches on into summer.

June arrives this week.

That means it is time to clean feeders and waters sources.

I mean a good, deep cleaning.

Bacteria and cooties grow and reproduce like wildlife in the warmer days of summer.

This week I have a simple touch on wildlife corridors.


Wildlife Corridors:

Wildlife is always on the move.

(mama fox keeping an eye on me.)

They move from place to place in search of food, water, shelter, mates and breeding locations.

Many animals do not have to move far in order to have all their needs met.

They can find everything within their local habitat.

Other animals, such as birds, wolves, coyotes, caribou,and even butterflies, require much more space to have all their needs met.

They need more room to survive.

Monarch butterflies make round trips of more than 1,000 mile each way.

It takes several generations of Monarch to reach Canada, yet only one generation to make it back to Mexico and parts of California to winter over.

Think of the many species of birds that make the round trip from as far south as South America, to the Arctic regions of North America.

Pronghorn and Caribou travel hundreds of miles each year, from feeding to breeding grounds.

(Finally a picture of all three kits together.)

Gray wolves have a territory ranging from 50 square miles to more than a 1,000 square miles.

For predators, so much depends on the availability of prey.

For predators like the family of Red Foxes I have enjoyed this spring, as long as there is plenty of what they need, they have remained in the relatively small area for now (to my delight).

That said, there are a few corridors for them to travel when needed.

What is a Wildlife Corridor?

Many of you understand, maybe even get it.

There are however, so many readers and people in general that don't get the whole concept.

Hopefully this will help a bit.

A wildlife corridor is a tract of land that connects different wildlife habitats (refuges, parks, rivers, etc.) that might otherwise be separated by human development.

A tract of land or fly space that leads from one place to another with little or no unnatural interference.

The corridor can be large, or small tract of land or a greenway along a river, where trees shrubs and weeds grow.

A hedgerow that runs along fields that may connect from one woodland to another.

An example of a simple wildlife corridor is when developers create a pathway under a highway that allows animals to cross under the road safely.

Miles of open fields that allow larger animals to migrate is also a wildlife corridor.

Wildlife corridors provide benefits to wildlife:

Creatures, large and small have a better opportunity of finding the basic necessities they need.

Food, water, shelter and places to raise young.

Animals that require large territories can access new habitats and maintain a healthy territory size.

Migratory wildlife can move safely over long distances without having to come into contact with human developments or cars.

Species are more likely to survive human disturbance, by having more areas to which they can escape.

Wildlife corridors promote genetic biodiversity.

When more individuals of a species are interconnected, the gene pool becomes larger with more viability.

What about Birds and Butterflies?

Unlike mammals, birds and butterflies travel from one place to another by flying.

Roads and neighborhoods are less of a danger to species that can fly (yet I've managed to hit more birds and butterflies than four legged animals).

Birds and butterflies face different kinds of challenges on their journeys between their summer breeding and winter feeding grounds.

We often don't think of this, but they often migrate long distances and need safe havens to rest and feed.

Think of the tiny hummingbird that rely on your feeders and gardens more each year as natural habitat continues to shrink.

Even our local birds need flyways and corridors for food and protection.

A tree lined city street is a corridor and flyway, connecting your yard to a mature field or woodland.

Again, so is the hedgerow a corridor as it offers what birds and wildlife need.

You may not think of it this way, but your wildlife garden, or habitat you are creating plays a part of a wildlife corridor.

Sometimes from your backyard and feeders to a nearby wooded area or city park.

Start looking at your yards and gardens a bit differently.

Think of the roll you are playing.

Birds, butterflies and even some four legged beasts may use your little slice as a vital part of survival.

Cover, food, nesting, water.

The vitals of wildlife survival.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

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

God Bless.

"Love yourself.

It is important to stay positive

because beauty comes from the inside out".

Jenn Proske

Experts tell us we need to love our self.

We can't truly love others if we don't.

Jesus commands us love love others.

"A new command I give you:

Love one another.

As I have loved you,

so you must love one another".

John 13: 34

"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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Gardening For Wildlife.

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