Earth Calendar for August 6th and August 7th

Aug 6, 2012

Local wildlife, such as birds and small mammals, need a constant supply of clean water to survive periods of extreme heat and drought. Small animals often seen in our backyards typically don’t have large ranges, meaning that having access to nearby fresh water important for survival.  It’s easy to help wildlife during drought periods by keeping bird baths full of clean water. If you don’t have a bird bath, adding one to your yard is relatively inexpensive and provides great bird watching opportunities.   Create a “drip jug” to hang over your bird bath. Fill a plastic milk jug with water and poke a tiny hole in the bottom. The dripping sound of the water will attract birds to the bath. Place a few water-filled containers of different depths on the ground to help out ground squirrels and other small mammals. Remember to change water frequently to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in your yard. Tips for helping wildlife cope with heat and drought can be found at the National Wildlife Federation's website.

On Our Calendar:   Descend into a cool, shaded stream to explore evidence of life from just last week or fossils from 450 million years ago. Wear sturdy shoes for the hike and be prepared for mud! Meet at the McFarlan Park parking lot at the end of the drive. Reservations required for Cool Creeking, August 11th, 9:30 am. Call (513) 542-2909 for more information and registration.