Into The Air

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Timothy Martinez Jr. is a writer and freelance journalist. His work has been published in The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Remapping Debate in New York City and other publications.  He’s been a bird lover since he was young and currently lives in New Orleans, L.A.

2 Comments

  1. David McCrary

    I am retired and I love to set by my window and watch the humming bird and all the other birds and watch the squirrels we have the gray squirrel and we have white squirrels too so I feed the squirrels and all the different birds.

  2. Jessica Tinsley

    Appreciate the cruel free advice and educational information your site provides. My husband and I have fostered and transitioned a variety of wildlife from orphaned squirrels and opossums to small birds. As our community grows it’s obvious that the existing wildlife is not being considered. As houses go up the wildlife houses come down. It’s a difficult reality of our ever growing city of Pearland Tx. We live among these beautiful 20 year old Oaks, Pear trees(more obviously) and other large variety of trees and brush that seem appealing to newer residents, but want to enjoy without the wildlife that will live among them. Anyone moving to a more suburban area needs to take into consideration, they might be co-existing with these little ones. It’s heartbreaking that what seems convenient to them is actually causing a long term chain of negative wildlife events that have increased in our neighborhood the past 5 years. Increase in orphaned or injured squirrels and opossums. Nesting in unusual places which often then leads a home owner to panic and turn to lethal actions when the alternative is just as convenient and conserves. We’ve lived here for over 16 years and only once have we had rodents in our attic. After receiving advice from an expert, we sealed wep holes and set live traps and humanely transitioned anything we could (by our St. regulations) Since 2007 we have never had any damage to our home from wildlife, yet neighbors (newer ones) insist the Squirrel population are to blame when in fact, they simply, never “wildlife proofed” their homes. In our attempts to help educate and offer assistance we’ve observed a resistance towards conservation like we’ve never seen. What advice or educational material could you offer or lead us to that would help us, help our neighbors while supporting our wildlife? We appreciate what you all are accomplishing here.

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