(November 30, 2023)
As winter sets in, the chill in the air affects not only us but also our wildlife. Keep reading to learn how you can keep wildlife safe during the winter season.
Just like us, wildlife seeks refuge from the cold. You can assist by creating shelters or ensuring that existing ones are in good condition. This could involve setting up birdhouses or even leaving natural debris like fallen leaves and branches in your yard to create hiding spots for small animals.
Food can be scarce during winter, and providing a reliable source can make a significant difference. Set up bird feeders with high-energy seeds and suet. Additionally, leave bowls of fresh, unfrozen water out for birds and other critters. Remember to check and refill these regularly.
De-icing agents and chemicals used on driveways and sidewalks can be harmful to wildlife. Instead, utilize pet-safe de-icing products, and when possible, use non-toxic alternatives like sand or kitty litter. This helps prevent wildlife from ingesting harmful substances as they forage for food.
Remember, If you come across injured or distressed wildlife, contact the Wildlife Center of Texas for guidance. We have the expertise to assess the situation and, if necessary, provide the care needed to rehabilitate the animal. And lastly, the best way to keep wildlife safe is by spreading awareness about the needs of wildlife during winter. Encourage your community to take similar steps to create a more wildlife-friendly environment.
By taking these simple yet impactful steps, you can play a vital role in supporting Houston’s wildlife during the winter season. Every action, no matter how small, contributes to creating a more hospitable environment for the creatures that share our city. Together, we can make a positive difference in the lives of Houston’s wild residents during the chilly months.
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