The Moustachioed Wildlife of May!

The Moustachioed Wildlife of May!

Straw Man Mustache

Move over, Movember. You’ve got nothing on May’s wild mustaches sported by squirrels, phoebes, robins and tree swallows!

But if Movember is when men grow and women support a Mo (moustache) to become walking, talking billboards for prostate and testicular cancer initiatives, what’s the wildlife rallying for? Do we call this Moy or is next month Mune?

We’ve named the magnificent moustachios seen on Curtis Hill. Share your own ideas below!

1.) Social Climber

Social Climber Moustache

2.) “Can’t Touch This” Stache

Cant Touch This Stache

3.) The Streamer

The Streamer Moustache

4.) The Last Straw

The Last Strand Stache

5.) The Papa

The Papa Stache

6.) The Standup Stache

The Standup Stache

7.) The Grasshopper

The Grasshopper Moustache

8.) The Getaway

The Getaway Stache


Turkeys on Ice – LIVE! More Fun than in Your Freezer

Turkeys on Ice – LIVE! More Fun than in Your Freezer

Turkeys chased by a cat

Pirouetting Turkeys on Ice – Almost

Watching wild turkeys, as they comically slip and slide downhill, is more fun than staring down dead birds in your freezer. Who needs TV in these parts when you have a window? This video is worth 1 minute and 17 seconds of your time.  Be sure to stick around for the surprisingly ambitious stray cat at the end!

Happy Thanksgiving Week!

Side note: We don’t have snow yet. This was shot last year. I just finally pulled the footage for edit.

Other Tasty Thanksgiving Posts

Halloween Dog Dream or Real Life Nightmare? #BarkWorld

Halloween Dog Dream or Real Life Nightmare? #BarkWorld

Halloween dog: Emmett Dreams

Our Halloween dog’s body rocked and whimpered as  nightmarish, dirt-nap  fantasies tortured his brain. Vultures circled his limp shell as he screamed “I’m not dead yet!” in a horrific howl that no one but he could hear. Circling closer, the big, black birds screeched the deathly sound of hunting Pterodactyls.

Was it all a dream – or a real life nightmare?

Emmett clearly should have come to BarkWorld Expo, where Halloween is fun, not frightening.

Wet-nosed friends dressed their best for the HOWL-O-Ween Charity Pawty sponsored by The Atlanta Dog Spa. Featured judges were Rick Tamargo from Haute or Not Pets, Brett Chisholm of Life + Dog Magazine, Ed Sayers of the ASPCA, and Kat Smith from Petco.

Here’s one happy little spectator…

Happy Dog

For fabulous photos of furry contestants in costume, visit the Atlanta Dog Spa Facebook Album and My Favorite Pup Jasmine.

Donning our biggest, baddest, badass look as Be the Change for Animals‘ Little Red Riding Hoods, our motto was:

“Save a wolf. Eat Me.”

Little Red Riding Hoods - BarkWorld

L to R: Amy & Buster (, me, & Kristine Tonks (Rescued Insanity)

Happy Halloween!

Porcupine, Fawns and Turkeys – A Winter Woodland Celebration

Porcupine, Fawns and Turkeys – A Winter Woodland Celebration

Birthday Morning

In late October, I woke to a landscape glittering and bright in the golden sun of daybreak. It was the first snow of the season, and this particular day was my birthday. Through the window, from the warmth of my bed, I watched a rabbit making tracks as our Newf, Shamus, ate frosted crabapples straight from the tree. The view made me cheerful for the first time in a long while.


Adopt a Turkey This Thanksgiving! We Did!


Just before my birthday, I received a message that began:

Victoria - 2011Ellen DeGeneres Wants You to “Adopt” a Turkey This Thanksgiving

Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey project celebrates 25 years of changing the way America thinks about turkeys

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – October 19, 2011 – Who can resist the adorable faces of turkeys gobbling for compassion at Thanksgiving? Not Ellen DeGeneres. That’s why she’s back for the second year in a row to serve as Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey Project spokesperson, inviting everyone to save, not eat, a turkey this holiday season.

Says DeGeneres: “Did you know that every year between 250 and 300 million turkeys are bred for slaughter in the United States? More than 46 million for Thanksgiving alone. So, this Thanksgiving instead of eating a turkey, please join me in adopting one from Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey Project and you can give a turkey something to be thankful for.”

For 25 years, the Adopt-A-Turkey Project has put smiles on the faces of both carnivores and vegetarians alike, while providing support for the care of more than 1,000 rescued turkeys and inspiring people everywhere to make more compassionate choices. For a one-time donation of just $30, adopters or a recipient of their choice will receive a special Adopt-A-Turkey certificate complete with color photo of a rescued turkey who resides at one of Farm Sanctuary’s shelters and fun details about their adopted turkey.


Payton - 2011Thanks to my husband, we didn’t just adopt one turkey. We adopted the whole flock! I actually teared up with gratitude. I had just met the kindest, most affection (yes, affectionate!) turkeys at a Thanksliving fundraising event at another farm sanctuary in Woodstock, NY. These birds are absolutely sentient beings with unique personalities and fondness for compassionate humans, not that I ever doubted. I know this is true of the pigs, chickens and cows too.

Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur says “Here at Farm Sanctuary, “we live with turkeys, so we know they are interesting and intelligent and have complex emotional lives like dogs, cats and other animals. Sadly, the meat industry subjects turkeys to intolerable cruelty and treats them like inanimate objects with no feelings or personalities. Fortunately, each one of us can choose not to support this cruelty by adopting a turkey at Thanksgiving instead of eating one.”


Thanksgiving is a grim time for turkeys with horrid housing, rough “milking” of males, artificially inseminating females, and living a miserable life … If you have a heart for these sweet birds, learn more about what your grocery dollars support.


Our flock now includes Skip, who advises prospective adopters “When preparing Thanksgiving dinner, skip the turkey!;” Antoinette, who declares ”Let them eat squash!;” Elizabeth, who demurs “This Thanksgiving, give a turkey the royal treatment;” Victoria, who proclaims ”A holiday feast that’s cruelty-free is one fit for a queen;” Payton, who counsels “In a ton of ways, compassion pays;” Amelinda, who reveals “I’ll be having a happy Thanksgiving, thanks to kind people like you;” and Raphael, who pleads “Picture a more compassionate world. Start with Thanksgiving.”

Sponsored Turkeys


To join Ellen DeGeneres – and me – in starting a new tradition by adopting a turkey instead of eating one and to view this year’s “adoptable” turkeys, visit or call the Turkey Adoption Hotline at 1-888-SPONSOR.

25 rescued baby turkeys are now receiving care. When you give a special gift of $50 or more to the Adopt-A-Turkey Project in their honor, you will receive an e-certificate that features these rescued baby turkeys. Your gift helps provide care for innocent farm animals like these babies, and supports all of our work to protect all farm animals.


And now we’re off to wrangle our truly “guilt-free-range” Tofurkey, smashed and buttered potatoes, sweet cranberry sauce, herbed onion stuffing and pumpkin pie. Our thanksgiving won’t be lacking in the least. In fact, it’s so very satisfying to wish the turkeys a wonderful feast as well.

Farm Sanctuary Turkey Feast

Happy Thanksgiving and Compassionate Living for All!

Injured Bird Care Guide from Badger Run

Injured Bird Care Guide from Badger Run

Window Alert

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Bird strikes were fairly common at our house until I found these pretty, little WindowAlerts on Amazon (affiliate link) that debunk the illusions of continuous skies and limbs with reflective UV reflective decals. Still, there are times when a decal won’t cut it.

My husband Tim will never forget the red-tail hawk who, in pursuit of a small bird, crashed head-first into our sunroom door, fell to the ground with the bird still in its talons,  flew off to recover – hopefully. The feather dust left a perfect outline on our window for weeks. Another, not-so-lucky hawk, flew into our kitchen window under the same circumstances and broke his neck, sadly alive and struggling until it expired.

So, how does one help without causing more damage to the bird or to one’s self? Damned if I knew before reading a fabulous free guide from Badger Run Wildlife Rehab’s Vice President, Tawnia L. Shaw, DVM.

Inside, I learned about:

  • the dangers of sharp beaks, strong talons, and beating wings
  • a method to safely capture the bird
  • how to assess and comfort the bird (and how not to)
  • when to call for help and more

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Simply “like” Badger Run Wildlife Rehab on Facebook. That’s all they ask in return for this valuable resource. Once you do, you’ll see their free download.


As BRWR’s video of a juvenile barn owl shows, your approach will seem a threat rather than a friendly gesture. You truly need to be prepared.

I’ve tucked my copy away on my hard drive in case of emergency. I have no doubt it will come in handy some day. I just hope that day doesn’t come too  soon or too often. Get yours today.