I saw something this morning that was very sad and showed just how the weather and our actions as humans can help or harm the other living creatures that share our earth.
I had just gone out (7:00 am) to my garden to fill up all the bird baths and water containers that I have out to help the birds and other creatures find water. I also put out bird seed.
Just as I opened the gate, I looked across the garden to see a Cottontail rabbit standing on its hindlegs to drink from a bird bath that was half empty. Its little ribs were showing the impact of the drought… I was very moved by the sight of it. I was happy that I had many low-level water containers already out in different areas.
This is why we need to put out more water containers for wildlife now. Some of these containers need to go on the ground for the mammals, snakes and others who cannot get up to a bird bath on a pedestal.
I am going to put more out today. I searched for anything I could use. Yes, even a frisbee can hold water.
You do not need to clean the containers every day. Just put fresh water in. You can clean the containers once a week or every few days.
Put the water under the shade if you can. Anything to keep it cooler. This goes for the Hummingbird feeders too.
Does putting water out for animals matter? YES, if you help even one living thing to survive, you have made a difference.
We have to start doing, not just thinking about doing something.
I hear this too often: don’t worry someone will do it… We are the someone. So, make a difference today.
Note from Suna: Pamela Neeley from the El Camino Real chapter has been working with water features on her property for the past few months (years), creating not only areas of beauty (sight and sound), but places for aquatic plants to flourish, and wildlife to sustain themselves on. I toured her property a couple of weeks ago and encouraged her to share some of her ideas and techniques with fellow Master Naturalists. Maybe you can borrow of her creative thoughts some in your own gardens and wild areas!