Written by Panorama resident, Sandy Bush on February 26, 2014.
We moved here in May, 2013, from a fairly remote area of N. California. The weather could be wild, and we were immersed in a wild meadow habitat that awarded us many delightful situations in terms of flora and fauna.
Our cats no longer lunge at the windows when a stray bobcat or raccoon meanders by. They do have issues with the three-legged raccoon that has looked in our Woodland Loop window. This brings to mind our vetting by our neighborhood group. The big question at that gathering, so delightful and thoughtful in getting us to meet close neighbors, was “do you feed wild animals?” It seems that the previous occupant of our home fed everything that wandered by. This can become a nuisance to neighbors if/when the food source dries up or the occupant leaves for a bit. No one likes wild creatures that become aggressive.
In our prior life, we never fed wild animals, and we won’t be starting that here. I volunteered with an organization that rescued and treated ill/wounded marine mammals for 30 years. We understand the impact of people on wild animals.
However, the wild is not far away from us here. We found a protected area here where Great Blue Herons nest, out by Woodard Inlet, as we explore on foot this wonderful Northwest. There is an “army” of Varied Thrushes that are delightful as they feed along with Juncos all over our yard. The squirrels that we didn’t see near the ocean where we lived are now great sport for the cats to follow, room to room viewed through the windows. The Nisqually Refuge, so close by, affords all manner of birds and wetland life to enjoy. The lecture series held each summer at the Refuge are learning experiences.
I am waiting for warmer weather to visit Wolf Haven. Hikes have produced owls to enjoy. I keep promising myself to go sit in McGandyPark in the dark of night to listen for owls closer to home; they must be around with these amazing trees we live amongst!!!
We now see less dead deer on highways, and aren’t looking over our shoulders for the odd mountain lion. But, we are living in this garden now and no longer need to put energy into “fighting the wild”. Of course, we’ve not been through a nasty storm event, and we may change our minds, but I don’t think so.