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Every January 21st is Squirrel Appreciation Day. What are you doing for the noble, nimble nut-burying ninjas in your backyard this year? Here are some smashing ideas from the National Wildlife Federation.

And if you don’t appreciate this compilation of squirrel videos, your cat will.

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Crossing Paths

Crossing Paths

Coworkers brought to my attention a wonderful, easy to read monthly newsletter from the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Crossing Paths. This month’s edition features the best article I’ve ever read on why it’s important to keep your leaves, not throw them away. Other articles feature how to properly interact with local wildlife. As I often say, they were here first…

As a longtime government employee I’ve taken all manner of calls about wildlife, and in many cases people either 1) lack an understanding of how to coexist with our local animals, or 2) don’t understand normal wildlife behavior. There is no, and never will be, a zone for wild animals only and a zone for people only. It will never be safe for your cat to let them roam freely outside and it will never be safe for birds, bats, and others that your cat roams freely outside. We’re all part of the same ecosystem.

Wild animals are not alien invaders; they’ve lived here for thousands of years. Our sprawl and insistence upon sterilizing our neighborhoods and having perfectly green lawns with minimal trees to drop leaves on them is pushing some of them to extremes. This newsletter’s a wonderful opportunity to get to know our furry, feathered, and finned neighbors– it’s definitely worth signing up for.

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Whoa! Who could have seen this coming? This was forwarded to me last week and it’s a good reminder to mind your surroundings in the wilderness. As a kid who grew up sharing woods with the neighborhood bears, I saw some interesting things, but never this.

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This week we Washingtonians got happy news from our Department of Fish and Wildlife and NOAA.

First, our Southern resident orcas– orca pods J, K, and L that live in the Salish Sea and Puget Sound– will continue to have Endangered Species Act protection. Many people don’t realize that we have two types of orcas here, the Southern residents, who have their own diet and language, and transient orcas. (more…)

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Cougar dies at Cougar Mountain Zoo; curator plans memorial.

Nashi, the resident cougar of Cougar Mountain Zoo in Issaquah, passed away February 24th. He was 17, which is old for his kind.

I was at the zoo the day before New Year’s Eve, and Nashi wouldn’t come out of his lair. It was a very cold day and staff members said he was starting to feel his age. He was one of the few residents I didn’t get a picture of that day. (more…)

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River fish loaded with Prozac: study.

Ugh. Here is another story about how our use of pharmaceuticals is fouling up our wildlife and water supply.


Most people are already familiar with how birth control hormones are causing sexual mutations in fish. Now the fish are getting Prozac-ed too.

Thanks to WorldNetDaily for featuring this.

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This is one of the funniest videos I’ve seen in awhile. Some friends and I laughed so hard we cried when we watched this.

Alan! Alan! Alan! Alan!

http://www.wimp.com/animalvoiceovers/

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