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Linda's Log


A Time for Giving


Today is just like every other day on the refuge: Every late afternoon, I chop apples as I talk with my 91-year-old aunt, prepare buckets of range cubes and sweet feed for Jack, B­­­utch, and Sundance, the resident longhorns, ...

December


So much depends upon the sweetness of rain. A little has fallen but not nearly enough as the earth turns into winter in this northern hemisphere. Last week, I received a red fox who couldn't move his back legs. Nature took over, taking his life. With his death, I realized that it was time to plant all my precious wildlife children who didn't make it, ones I had been keeping in my freezers until the right time...

August 2


This dangerous drought pierces the lives of so many: cattle go to slaughter, so many wildlife die, so many others go hungry. I throw out sunflower seeds and dog food as I drive through our refuge. Birds and squirrels flock to the road in front of me. Even a ring-tailed cat crosses the road! ...

August


8 p.m. Such a wide, blue sky. No sign of rain, that elixir that quenches our parched souls. I filled the hummingbird and oriole feeders on the west porch, and voila! They appeared, the hummers in their dive-bomb fashion, the oriole in his golden shimmer...

July


Whew! It's been hot and heavy with wildlife babies this spring and summer! I have spent up to 4 hours a day nursing raccoon babies in the steamy heat. If I forgot to wear my bandanna headband, salty drops of sweat rolled into my eyes since I couldn't take my hand off the nursing baby to wipe them away...

May


The refuge is home to opossums, squirrels, and raccoons this spring. 8 healthy squirrels were released successfully on May 1. 7 opossums came but, ever so sadly, only one remains. Rehabbing opossums is very difficult: they must be tube fed since they don't suck. Once they're weaned, usually they simply eat and grow until they are 7-10 inches long from the point of their nose to their rump. But not all goes smoothly at times. Only one will be released when it grows a couple more inches...