by: Carrie A. Blakley
While we all know that the recent fires in California have displaced thousands of animals, we tend to forget that it is also this time of the year that these animals are preparing for the cold months ahead. Hoarding food stuffs, when you’re a human, is relatively easy. When you’re a member of the wildlife kingdom, hoarding said food stuffs becomes more, and more difficult, as the colder months creep in. What makes it even worse, is when the bulk of your food is burnt down to nothing but ash. Animals can’t eat ash, soot and burnt wood bits. As a result, the wildlife creatures will migrate, in order to find a suitable food supply. Guess what? We live in their ‘suitable food supply’ realm.
It just so happens that this is also the time of year that us human members of the animal kingdom tend to decorate our homes with Autumn decor. The good side is that the decor looks amazing. The bad side, is that the decor smells amazing….to the members of the wildlife society. Therefore, one ought not be too shocked when they step out of the home, and find that their amazing Autumn decor has turned into an amazing Autumn buffet line. That being said, it’s best to remember that our Autumn decor is best eaten in its pure form. In other words, without paints, colorings, dyes, candles, plastic attachments (I’ve seen more than 1 Mr. Potato Head Pumpkin in my life) and ribbons. We may tend to think that these will somehow deter the animals from snacking on the decor. I’m sorry to tell you that you are sadly mistaken.
If you are set on decorating the exterior of your humans nesting spots, try to do so in a manner that will make the nest’s curb appeal more natural. Larger pumpkins (and I mean much larger) will last longer, but will be eventually eaten. Colored corn is also a treat for the wildlife residents, as are smaller gourds, pumpkins and nuts. Pine cones, for the record, will be swiftly munched to bits by smaller rodents (usually squirrels). So if you’re wanting to add larger pine cones to your nest’s external decor, don’t be shocked if you see nothing but a pine cone core left on your door step the next morning. Finally, play it safe. You don’t want to decorate your nest so thoroughly that you become unintentionally trapped inside, or have to run through a pumpkin-colored gauntlet as you head out the door. Don’t want your decor to be ruined before Halloween? Keep it inside. That’s about the only way your decor will last. Be safe. Have a great week, and keep an eye out for those critters.