I have been fortunate to spot and photograph a red fox in our backyard this year. Red foxes tend to be very shy and primarily nocturnal. I saw this particular fox several times during mid-morning and early evening.
Red foxes are more common these days throughout the U.S. Most are thought to be the descendants of red foxes imported from England for sport in the mid-eighteenth century and released on the east coast of the U.S.
A red fox can run almost 30 mph and can leap in a single bound more than a kangaroo, some 15 feet. My fox was eagerly awaiting a very nervous squirrel to come down from our deck. Too bad for our fox, the squirrel did get away!
I can’t say enough about the tremendous work the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota (WRC) is doing to care for sick, injured, and orphaned wild birds and animals. It is one of the largest wildlife rehabilitation clinics in the U.S., treating more than 8,600 animals each year.
For the first time, I attended the WRC Open House on Feb. 7, 2016. I picked out a stuffed animal (robin) to go through a mock exam. My robin had a fractured wing and he was taped before going to radiology. Along the way, volunteers and veterinary students explained how and why certain procedures are performed and what type of cage my robin would be in during rehabilitation. Everything was so interesting! I didn’t know birds have nucleated red blood cells!
Since the legislature was not is session, I was able to visit both the House of Representatives with its wooden Sacred Cod hanging over the gallery and the Senate Chambers at the Massachusetts State House. To think I walked the halls where John F. Kennedy once walked! Boston is truly a unique and historic city!
I was pleasantly surprised by the large collection of penguins at the New England Aquarium. I spent quite a bit of time watching the African, rockhoppers, and little blue penguins in the various pools along with a number of people in the pools cleaning the displays. I would guess this is a constant battle. The giant ocean tank also had a nice display of sharks, sea turtles, barracudas, and moray eels along with divers who were again cleaning the display. I would highly recommending a day at this aquarium!
Although our Flower Carpet Ground Cover Roses from Monrovia should overwinter well, I protect them in the fall. After cutting back the roses to 6 to 8 inches, I cover the roses with a mound of oak leaves held in place with some sections of chicken wire and a few pavers or small logs. Oak leaves are the best because they do not rot and they are easily raked away in the spring.