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How to help wildlife during a heatwave

As temperatures soar during the summer months, it's crucial to consider the well-being of both wildlife and domestic animals. The heat can be particularly challenging for them, but with some thoughtful actions, you can make a significant difference in their comfort and safety. Here’s how you can help:

1. Provide Water Sources:

- Place shallow dishes or bird baths in your garden with fresh water. Clean and refill them regularly to ensure they have access to clean drinking water.

- Consider installing a small pond or a water feature that can serve as a reliable water source for various wildlife species.

2. Create Shade and Shelter:

- Plant native trees and shrubs that provide natural shade for animals.

- Set up nest boxes or shelters for birds and small mammals in shaded areas to protect them from direct sunlight.

3. Avoid Disturbing Nests:

- Be mindful of nesting birds and other wildlife. Avoid pruning trees or disturbing bushes where nests may be located.

- If you come across a young animal that seems abandoned, observe from a distance first. Many times, the parents are nearby and will return.

4. Don't Use Pesticides:

- Reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides and herbicides in your garden. These chemicals can harm wildlife directly or indirectly by contaminating water sources.

5. Provide Food Sources:

- Plant flowers that attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies.

- Hang bird feeders filled with appropriate seeds and foods for local bird species.

And what about your pets? Here are some tips to keep your animals cool:

1. Hydration is Key:

- Ensure your pets have access to plenty of fresh water at all times. Consider adding ice cubes to their water bowls to keep it cooler for longer.

2. Provide Shade and Ventilation:

- Create shaded areas in your yard where your pets can retreat from the sun. Use umbrellas, tarps, or even natural structures like trees.

- If your pets are indoors, ensure there’s adequate ventilation and consider using fans or air conditioning during peak heat hours.

3. Never Leave Pets in Cars:

- Even on mild days, the temperature inside a car can rise to dangerous levels quickly. Never leave your pets unattended in a parked car.

4. Adjust Exercise Times:

- Walk your dogs during the cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or late evening, to avoid overheating.

5. Cooling Mats and Treats:

- Use cooling mats for pets to lie on, and offer frozen treats such as ice cubes with a bit of fruit or broth (for dogs) to keep them cool and hydrated.

6. Grooming and Fur Care:

- Brushing your pets regularly helps remove excess fur and keeps their coats lighter and cooler. Avoid shaving them completely unless advised by a veterinarian.

By following these tips, you can play a vital role in ensuring the well-being of both wildlife and domestic animals during the summer heat!

Small actions can make a big difference in helping them stay cool, hydrated, and safe. Together, we can create a more comfortable environment for all creatures, big and small, to thrive in hot weather conditions.

Keep the World Wild,

The Animal Tracks Team


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