North East Wildlife Animal Rehabilitation Coalition is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization. We are a group of licensed wildlife rehabilitators, and these are the tales of the injured and orphaned animals we care for until they are able to be released back into the wild.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Nothing but snow going on around here!

This blog has been about as quiet as the goings on around here! Thanks to over 7ft. of snow being dumped on the area, not much is moving at all, with the exception of these guys! "Bird feeder" birds are not very put out by it all, but the raptors around here looking for rodents are feeling the pinch. I had a red tail make an attempt at the unsuccessful attempt, I might add. I tried putting some defrosted  mice out in the open area of the snow for them because I'm sure they are starving. But the temps around here are down to single digits most of the time and the mice just freeze within minutes. The ravens just end up with them.

A couple squirrels are brave enough to come out looking for food. Not often though.

Everything is buried and damaged by the heavy equipment necessary to clear the driveway. If the mailbox wasn't frozen into the snowbank, it wouldn't be standing at all.

My lovely wildlife crossing sign that used to greet visitors and caution them to go slow as they came down the long driveway is a twisted, shredded pile of metal laying atop a snow bank....beyond repair unfortunately. Given the choice of buying some formula or replacing the sign, was lovely while it lasted!

The last big storm predicted was going to be heavy wet snow and rain. I spent more hours and aggravation trudging through chest high snow as I worked my way around pens,clearing the snow off so the roofs wouldn't collapse with the new weight. 4 squirrel pens, 1 shed, 3 raccoon pens and 2 skunk pens were relieved of their snow burdens. I'll be blunt.....that sucked! I'm  hoping I will be able to move again by spring!

Opening the garage door to this didn't help either....not when the snow blower is broken!! Grrrrrr!

Luckily Dad got his back and managed to come over and help me clear it out a little! Even the snowblowers can't get it over the piles anymore and we are running out of places to put it all!
It's safe to say I have reached my tolerance with this damn white stuff.

Aside from the birds and squirrels above, I have not seen any traces of another living thing out there, it's just too deep for all but the lightest of animals. After the storm I made an effort to make some paths, first by sending my trail breakers out there, then following on snow shoes. I can finally walk to the pens and out to 2 areas where I can leave some supportive feeding for anyone in need....however no one has been taking advantage. Last night for the first time in over a month, one of the cameras picked up some raccoon activity! It's hard to tell in black and white, but it looked a lot like Tuk! Lets hope the weather holds, and the snow stays compressed enough for our middle sized mammals to start venturing out and replenish!

In the meantime, I know one lucky raccoon who has scored the winter vacation of a lifetime! Lincoln is doing great. I don't see much of him. I occasionally see him curled up in the hollow log or in the denbox. But he's eating like a pig and producing lots of normal poops! Yayyy. (yes to a rehabber, that is very exciting news!) He was given revolution for mange and antibiotics for any skin infection that was setting in.

When he curls up in the log, I like to cover the hole with some straw during the day to help retain the heat in there. It's a pretty tall log and the temps have been dramatically low.

The den box is a much smaller area so I don't bother when he's in there.

In the midst of snowmageddon, the Baby Warm incubator arrived! Many thanks to Baby Warm and to those who donated towards it! I still don't know who all of your are, but I'm ever so grateful for your support!!!!

In the meantime, all are staying hunkered down around here....after all, we can't go very far anyway. I'm hoping the recent raccoon activity, minimal that it was, means we may be turning a corner, and at the very least we can look forward to not being buried further!
As much as Bernard and Boomer love the snow, and despite how fun it is watching them enjoy it, I can definitely do without thank you!! Time for Mother Nature to take a vacation!!!!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

A little winter action.

Not much has been going on around here at all, and to be honest, that's a good thing! It has been extremely cold though! Enough so that the pond was frozen enough for me to venture out there and poke around. After a fairly long absence, it's pretty obvious beavers have returned to the pond! Don't let the pictures fool you.....these trees are huge! I think these are the teeth sharpening trees. All that was left of the little trees were of course stumps and the rest dragged off for home improvements. 

Despite the pond being frozen over, the beavers managed some strategically placed  breathing holes. These 2 were in the middle of the pond.

There were several others along the shoreline, generally close to the areas where the trees were being chewed and where the lodge appears to be.

I'm not the only one taking advantage of a frozen pond making travel easier! Lots of coyote prints as usual, and I came across these perfectly preserved prints in the ice. You'll never guess what made these, LOL.

The day after our first snow storm we had a little visitor! Part of the old big pen has a covered section and I'm guessing someone got caught out too late during our very first storm. This was a couple days before the blizzard was due to hit. I set up a little box up there just in case the little fella was in need of an emergency shelter, but he was gone the next day and I did find some prints heading off.

Then the blizzard hit!! Over 34 inches for me here! Everything was buried and if not for 2 of the dogs to break trails, it would have stayed that way!


About a week after that, another foot and a half dumped here! My snowblower is broken, then my Dad's and brothers broke, on top of the regular plow not being able to get down my very long driveway into the woods! After being plowed in for 2 days, had to scramble for a stronger plow to get me out! It was frustrating enough just trying to dig my own way out of here. It's difficult to impossible getting out to the pens!!
 But of course, I come across a raccoon at work that needs help! Then 2 possums at a loss where to go with almost 4 feet of snow. So, a little more help from the dogs and I make my way out there to dig out a pen for the raccoon, and Laurie sets up the possums at her place.

  Now we are expecting another 18 inches or so on top of this. NOT GOOD! I sure hope the gang is safely hunkered down own there.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Thursday, December 25, 2014