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Updated: 08/21/2014 08:00:02AM

Here comes squirrel season

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By Robin Jenkins

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I realize the first breaths of cool autumn breeze are weeks if not months away, but the seasons are changing at Peace River Wildlife Center. Baby bird season runs from April through August. During that time we receive up to 20 baby birds every day, each of which has to be fed every 10 to 20 minutes from sunup to sundown. It is an exhausting time of year, but the energy of the long, sunny days keeps us going.

Now, just when the baby bird admissions have started to slow down to a trickle, squirrel season is starting to ramp up. No, not squirrel hunting season! Squirrel season for rehabbers means we will start to see nest after nest of baby squirrels coming in for medical care for various reasons. Sometimes an entire nest has been blow out of a tree by a storm or cut off of a limb by a tree trimmer. (Those nests can usually be left in a safe place for mom and she will move her babies to another site.) Often, it is just a single injured baby that has been discovered by a predator like a cat, dog, hawk or chainsaw. (Yes, chainsaws happen. And sometimes the squirrels even win. We don’t argue with those squirrels. We name them Buffy and give them whatever they want.)

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