Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

It's the last day of 2012...and what a year. It was a year of learning, difficult times, and adjusting. But there were many happy memories made as well. 

Throughout the year I always enjoy feeding and watching the birds. Especially in the Winter when the birds need the suet and seeds more to replace their natural food supply. Recently, my friend Robin made homemade suet and finally, today I was able to put it into pine cones. Very simple and a great supply of food. I usually buy suet, but making the pine cones is another way to connect to our little feathered friends. 

I put the pine cones with suet in the trees that surround the feeder. I hope they like it. I also put out some overdone toast and an apple. The Juncos, Sparrows and Doves that feed on the ground will get a treat as well. They usually get plenty that drops from the feeders but we have had more Doves than usual and I want them to stay around. It's amazing how birds work together...the ones that feed on the feeder drop seeds and provide the birds that feel safe on the ground to eat as well.

What a beautiful last day of the year with the sun shining and bright blue sky.
Hope everyone has a 
very Happy and prosperous New Year!!

 Sparrow looking for seeds

 Nuthatch peeking...

 Chloe watching from a distance.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Being A Wolf - Part 3

Hope everyone is doing well. I actually started a posting back in late July and here it is November. Wow how the year has passed. A lot of changes this year...and as life goes, change can be looked at in a positive way or negative. So I plan to keep this blog but to also write about other animals that have impacted my life, including the Wolves.
The Wolves that I have been writing about helped me to see myself and the world around me more clearly. They helped find the truth and be more aware of my natural instinct, which we tend to forget when controlled by technology. Life is too short...
We have had a very mild November. Even though the birds have been feasting on birdseed consistently and make me wonder what the following Winter months will bring. I'm sure the Wolves are ready, since their bodies have the instinct to plan ahead and are ready for any weather conditions. To watch the changes the Wolves go through to match the weather is amazing. Rain, heat, cold, snow, ice..they are ready for any element. They are a great example to be ready for anything...

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Being a Wolf - Part 2

The Gray Wolf is the top predator in a few regions across the world. A pack can be up to 2 wolves or up to a couple dozen. Wolves will only kill old, young or sick prey when they need to feed and will not produce offspring if the food source is scarce.

Dictionary term for the Wolf:
The gray wolf (Canis lupus) is a species of canid native to the wilderness and remote areas of North America, Eurasia, and North Africa. The gray wolf is typically an apex predator throughout its range, with only humans and tigers posing a serious threat to it. It feeds primarily on large ungulates, though it will also eat smaller animals, livestock, carrion, and garbage.

In captivity, Wolves still require meat to stay healthy. The Wolves I cared for still had high-quality kibble but had raw meat once a day maybe even a deer leg. The bones are just as important to a Wolves diet as meat.

Take care!!

Wolves will eat grass too...

Watermelon is a welcomed treat!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Being A Wolf - Part 1

What does it mean to be "A Wolf"? 
An animal that has had such controversy throughout history is unfortunately having to make the same struggles today. Even though there are many that are taking a deeper look into what a Wolf really is and ignore the fables.
Today, there are many places that rescue Wolves/Hybrids that were mistreated or misunderstood. Many of these rescues provide the Wolves with a second chance and also provide visitors to see the Wolf closer. When I conducted tours, many people were astonished at how much the absence of the Wolf in the wild impacted other animals. And then seeing how much interaction I had with the Wolves helped even more to dissolve any negative thoughts they may of had.

Being a Wolf is are some facts:
  • By the mid-1900's, Wolves only lived in Alaska, and northern woods of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota after farmers killed off most of the Wolves to protect their livestock.
  • Wolves and the Native Americans both hunted for the same food source: Caribou, Buffalo, Deer and Moose.
  • The Native Americans sometimes hunted the Wolf for their fur but many stories show the Wolf as equals, power spirits, friends and as teachers.
  • Scientists finally started to study the Wolf and found results of the Wolf maintaining balance in the Wild. Predators(Wolf) are necessary to keep herds of prey(Caribou, Deer, etc.) healthy. If there are too many numbers in a herd, it can ruin the land and create an imbalance.
Here are some photos from when I conducted tours and introduced the truth about the Wolves.
Take care!! 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

A new chapter....

Hi Everyone,
It has been a long time since I posted...sorry. Life is not always what you plan and decisions have to be made that you never thought you had to. My plan was to volunteer and take care of the Wolves that I have shared my life with for the past 3 or so years. Unfortunately, due to other human greed and poor character, I resigned. This decision was not just affecting me, but 4 other board members who also resigned, the Wolves and others that trusted as well.
But, with everything in life, you can take a bad situation and pout or you can roll your sleeves up, learn from it and grow. I hate pouting...

So the plan is to start another rescue and continue our mission to give Wolves a home and other wildlife as well. I have created the logo and we have a name...we just need land. This is will happen in the future and maybe, I hope, Anoki, Lomasi and Tazlina will be in our lives again. 

I will continue this blog with Wolf facts...and photos that I have taken of the three beautiful Wolves that have made an impact on my life. I believe that this new chapter will be stronger and filled with adventures.....

Wolf Fact: The weight of the North American Wolf can be as little as 40 pounds or as large as 175 pounds.