Living with California Coyotes

The coyote is a member of the dog family and is native to California. They are one of the three different types of wild canids (dogs) found in North America. The coyote resembles a small German shepherd dog with the exception of the long snout and bushy, black-tipped...

Understanding Opossums

The Opossum is North America’s only marsupial (female has a pouch) mammal. The female carries and nurses her young until they are about 2 to 3 months old, then they are carried on her back another 1 to 2 months.  They use their prehensile tail as a fifth hand to...

Got Skunks?

You have a mother skunk and her babies living under your house or deck. What should you do to get them to move out? Skunks are normally very predictable and easily manipulated. Hereʼs how to convince them to leave: Place a light source such as a lamp, drop light or...

Tree Squirrels

In the Spring and Summer, squirrels have already built their nests and are having their young. It is also a time when many of us trim trees and branches. If at all possible, please postpone trimming trees and branches with nests in them. Wait until the babies are old...

The Amazing Swallow

Whenever we are feeling sorry for ourselves, because it is cold and raining, think of the hardships suffered by swallows. They are intolerant of extremes in weather-they aren’t just miserable-they die! In order to survive, they must travel thousands of miles to...