Audubon Society Member Wonders How Much Longer Republicans Will Be Allowed to Force Animals to Live Outdoors

Doe, a deer -- a female deer

Doe, a deer -- a female deerIf you’re a white-footed mouse, 2 feet of snow might be a welcome forecast, but if you’re a black-capped chickadee or a white-tailed deer, it’s bad, bad news. The bitter cold, deep snow and, now, rain and warmth are for birds and animals extremes in the battle for survival, from which some emerge in spring as winners. Others lose. It’s nature’s way of keeping things in balance and ensuring that the strong survive, wildlife biologists and rehabilitators say. “The strategies are really diverse,” said Mike Windsor, of Maine Audubon Society in Falmouth. The first and most obvious is the one humans often embrace. “A lot of animals are really just hunkering down,” waiting for the worst to blow over, said Windsor. In this recent round of exreme weather, “a lot of factors (were) coming together,” he said. That meant animals had to use “multiple strategies” to get through. (read more at the Morning Sentinel)