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North Texas Wildlife Center asks residents to offer fresh water for local wildlife
By Rebecca Hamlin, North Texas Wildlife Center
Aug 13, 2022
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Plano, Texas -- The doorbell at North Texas Wildlife Center is constantly ringing. The intake center, located in Plano, rescues, rehabs, and releases wildlife from across North Texas. The impact of the drought has increased interactions between humans and wildlife. 

photo by Rebecca Hamlin, North Texas Wildlife Center

Less water means more crowding at water sources that are available. Prolonged drought can affect the normal routine of wildlife. Animals may venture out further than usual in search of a drink - making them more susceptible to vehicle collisions. Less grass and vegetation reduce ground cover and makes smaller animals more visible.   

Accessible supplies of fresh water can make a big difference to the survival of local wildlife - ranging from birds and butterflies to small and large mammals.

photo by Rebecca Hamlin, North Texas Wildlife Center

At this time, we encourage North Texas residents to offer fresh water for local wildlife.  

  • Keep birdbaths full and refresh often to avoid bacteria growth 
  • Offer shallow bowls with rocks or sticks for smaller animals to escape from 
  • Provide water at varying heights- on the ground for smaller animals, in the trees for birds 
  • Place in a covered area 
  • Put a frog log or similar escape mat in pools 
  • To keep your birdbath and bowls fresh, just rinse and scrub it with nine parts water, one part vinegar 
  • Never approach wildlife. Observe from afar and respect their space 

If you come across wildlife in need, contact North Texas Wildlife Center for guidance on if, when, and how to intervene. We are a 501c3 nonprofit and rely on the support of the community to enable to us to provide this service. Please consider supporting us on North Texas Giving Day.  https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/organization/ntxwildlife

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Every year North Texas Wildlife Center helps over a thousand animals and the people who have rescued them. Our goal is to acquire the funding needed to have a facility with trained employees that is easy for the public to locate, as well as be able to provide educational resources.