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! This animal is so rarely seen, and I've seen it twice! Orioles and hummingbirds drink nectar from the feeders as other birds bathe in the waterfall. In such an oasis, two opossums and a newborn squirrel have died. So goes the cycle of the sun.