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Wisconsin Turtles

Wisconsin Turtles

Wisconsin has 11 species of turtles. Of these, the Ornate Box turtle is considered endangered and the Blandings and Wood turtles are considered threatened within the state.

Like all reptiles, turtles are cold-blooded or ectothermic which means they rely on the environment for heat. Turtles in Wisconsin have made some neet adaptations to living in a place that gets quite cold in winter.

Getting Started in Wildlife Rehabilitation

Getting Started in Wildlife Rehabilitation

Getting supplies together for your wildlife rehabilitation facility is very important. You will want to put some thought into how you set up your facility.

Supplies include cages, bedding, food, cleaning, and intake materials. There is always a long list of things that are needed. Your needs may change as you grow or decide to specialize.

Fluids: Dehydration And Rehydration in Wildlife Rehabilitation

Fluids: Dehydration And Rehydration in Wildlife Rehabilitation

One of the most lifesaving skills you can have in wildlife rehabilitation is the ability to assess hydration levels and give fluids. Dehydration will kill an animal faster than a lack of food.

The process of rehydration begins after warming the baby for thirty to sixty minutes.

Kidnapping of Wild Animals for Pets

Kidnapping of Wild Animals for Pets

Kidnapping is an unfortunate event when humans steal baby wild animals from their natural homes. Sometimes people kidnap wildlife because they think they are helping or rescuing the baby. Often humans kidnap wildlife because they want an exotic pet.

The purpose of this article is to help both wildlife rehabilitators and people who care about wildlife to learn about wildlife kidnapping and make good decisions to help wild babies.

How To Become A Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator

How To Become A Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator

Wildlife rehabilitation is the rescue and care of injured and orphaned wildlife. Wildlife rehabilitators play an important role as conservationists and humanitarians.

Are you interested in becoming a Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator? Keep reading as I am going to give you first-hand knowledge based on twelve years of personal experience on what it takes to become a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

The Magnificent Sandhill Crane: Wisconsin's Success Story

The Magnificent Sandhill Crane: Wisconsin's Success Story

The sandhill crane is a large and magnificent bird that is found in wetlands in the central United States. They spend their breeding season in Wisconsin’s wetlands and are a common sight even in urban areas.

At one point Sandhill crane populations had dwindled so low they were near extinction. Aldo Leopold and other Wisconsin environmentalists were instrumental in publicizing their plight.

These birds are best known for their graceful dance-like movements, which they perform during courtship rituals and their very vocal conversations.

Gobble, Gobble! Wild Turkey's

Gobble, Gobble! Wild Turkey's

Benjamin Franklin was right about one thing. The turkey would have made a great national bird.

Wild Turkeys are large, plump birds with long legs. You often see them walking in fields or on the edges of wooded areas. The distinctive gobble and beautiful tail plumage on the male make them easy to identify.

Feeding Wildlife in Winter: How To do It Right!

Feeding Wildlife in Winter: How To do It Right!

I will be the first person to tell you that helping wildlife is a good thing. However, there is a right way to go about helping your wild neighbors.

Wildlife has a harder time finding food in winter and dealing with the cold and snow. In addition, humans have often destroyed habitat and resources that allow them to forage throughout the year.

Kentucky Bats

Kentucky Bats

Coming out at night (and not just on Halloween) they hunt for flying insects. Bats are unique animals. They are the only mammals to actually fly.

Bats are the subject of myth and lore but what is the truth about these fascinating animals. This article will cover some basic facts about bats and take a close-up look at several species in Kentucky.

The Badger: Wisconsin's State Mammal

The Badger: Wisconsin's State Mammal

Don’t mess with a badger! The badger is a formidable animal with long thick claws and razor-sharp teeth. They will defend their territory and their young.

Badgers are mustelids and related to otters, weasels, and ferrets. Like others in their family, they are very cute but have a ferocious attitude.

Stop Birds From Hitting Windows

Stop Birds From Hitting Windows

Sadly birds collide with windows far too often. Audubon estimates that one billion are killed every year. These bird strikes are the second leading cause of death for birds. Outside domestic cats are the first.

These numbers include endangered species as well as backyard favorites like the hummingbird.

As we construct more buildings to meet the needs of humans we make the air space more perilous to birds. Making accommodations in our construction can help save the lives of many birds.

Wildlife Crossings: Letter to Secretary Pete Buttigieg

Wildlife Crossings: Letter to Secretary Pete Buttigieg

Wildlife Crossings: Letter to Secretary Pete Buttigieg February 2, 2021

Dear Mr. Secretary,

Welcome to your new post as Secretary of Transportation. The Department of Transportation has long been concerned with building roads so that humans can get to where they need to go.

But what about wildlife? They have places to go too!