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Updated: 03/27/2014 08:00:01AM

Spring is here

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By Robin Jenkins, DVM

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It’s that time of year again. The restaurants, roads and beaches are bustling with spring break tourist traffic. The seasonal residents are basking in the knowledge that their northern neighbors are freezing their buns off. The locals are reveling in one of the best economic times this area has seen in a while. The low humidity in the air allows my hair to be frizz-free for hours on end. And, my personal favorite part, it’s the time of year when I get to dispel numerous myths that otherwise intelligent people continue to persist in believing.

Spring is baby season here at Peace River Wildlife Center. To be fair, we don’t really have a “season” for babies to be born around here as much as an upswing in incidence. We see baby doves all year long in this area. But spring brings an influx of all other songbird babies. Our first baby of the year — a nestling mockingbird — has already arrived. These babies are only awake from dawn to dusk, but they need to be fed every 10 to 15 minutes during that entire time. This constant frenzy of activity and noise — yes, those tiny baby mouths can really create quite a cacophony — continues for months as we slide right into baby season.

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