By S. J. Brown
Now that spring has finally arrived everyone is heading outdoors. There are so many places to explore and discover. Before you venture out there are a few things to remember.
Don’t forget your bug spray. There are hundreds of little critters out there that would like to take a ride on your clothes or boots.
Stay on paths and trails so you don’t trample on delicate plants and flowers or encounter a venomous snake. Watch where you step, many birds like puffins and killdeers make their nest on the ground.
That little fawn you find laying in the weeds most likely wasn’t abandoned. Mother deer will leave their young hidden in overgrown weeds when they go off to feed. When predators are near the mother will try to lead the threat away from her baby, to a mama deer you are a threat.
One of the most important things to remember when you go for a hike or into any natural area is that Mothers will fiercely protect their babies. A seemingly docile duck or goose can become very aggressive when you get just a little too close to their baby.
You may be able to defend yourself against a single goose, but they tend to stick together. You are no match for an entire flock. A single flap of a goose’s wing will leave a welt and will sting for quite a while. They can cause some serious damage with their beaks as well.
Many wild animals are deceptively quick. That lethargic looking bear can charge suddenly and most likely will outrun you.
Most of the dangers you may encounter in the wild can be avoided. Simply be aware of your surroundings. Observe wild creatures from a distance and respect their space. Remember you are a visitor in their world.
I hope I have given you a few hints that will make your next wild excursion a pleasant one. Thanks for stopping by.
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