Not counting the adult wildlife and birds that couldn't get away, the young that died is terrible. It's one thing that an adult was trapped or cornered or what have you, but the young animals and birds that couldn't run or fly yet and perished is even worse.
That's like a whole generation (a years worth at least) being destroyed. It is just part of mother nature, but I hate to see it.
Here in Texas, we're having flooding right now. Alot of people I've talked to or seen on the news keep talking about the number of animals they keep seeing in the surging water. I imagine the horror of perishing in a fire to be worse. In flood waters, the animals have a possibility of getting out down river, but being boxed in by fire or not being old enough to run or fly from the fire has to be terrfying and very traumatic.
Yes the fires in Colorado sure have been hard on the young. Most of the big fires they have contained here, although it is still a few more months before fall, so hopefully no new ones will get started.
Arizona is really getting beat up with their fires as well. Put that on top of the drought they have had for at least the last few years and I'm sure the wildlife are not in good shape.
I'm not sure where Jonestown is but hope you are not too close to the flood waters. Wish there was an easy way to send some of that water up to CO and AZ. I'm sure you all would be happy to send it too.
I recently completed my first skull plate mount of my buck antelope from the 2010 season. I used a kit from Van Dykes, and I thought I would pass along the tips my dad shared with me, as well as one or two I figured out on my own. I have only completed the one antelope kit, but these tips should work for kits for other species as well.
1. Leave as much depth to the skull as possible when you remove the antlers/horns from the skull of the animal. This...