Wildlife Rescue Center of Napa County is encouraging the
public to consider putting water out for wildlife. The ongoing rain shortage can affect wildlife
Normally this time of year,
watering holes for wildlife: creeks, small ponds, and crevices in rocks are
filled with water.
Because of record low
rainfall, these water sources are very low or entirely absent. A shallow basin of water, such as a clean
garbage can lid, or flower pot saucers, work well.
Bird baths are also wonderful, if your budget
permits. It is very important that the
container is kept clean and the water is changed frequently. Standing water can encourage Mosquitos to
breed, which can spread disease.
since wildlife species don’t always have the best drinking etiquette, they may
also bathe and defecate in the water, which makes it important to change the
The best rule of thumb
is changing the water daily, placing the container away from windows and where
domestic pets (dogs and cats) usually frequent.
These tips will provide a safe, clean water source for wildlife, until
Mother Nature cooperates with more rain in the forecast.