In summer 2018, I interned at an environmental radio show called Living on Earth. Towards the end of the internship, I was assigned to write a 300-word segment on the Azolla fern. Simple enough. But the more I researched the tiny aquatic fern, the less possible it felt to write only 300 words about this […]
Raising a baby animal isn’t over with its release. They have to learn to fend for themselves; in the meantime, it’s important that they have a guaranteed source of food, water, and shelter – much like a college student venturing out into the world on their own. Hazelnut was released pretty late in the year,
This past week, I’ve been preparing to release Hazelnut the squirrel. He is nearly eleven weeks old; according to the internet, baby squirrels can be released somewhere between 10 to 12 weeks. I could tell by his energy and spirit while dashing around the sunroom that Hazelnut was ready to explore bigger and better pastures,
Tonight I went in the sunroom to give ten-week-old Hazelnut some food (sweet potato, peanuts, and snap peas). I opened the door to his cage to place the plate inside, and I noticed a large white mound in the corner. I picked it up, confused. My first thought was leftover corn husk; my second was
It’s been two weeks since my first post about Hazelnut, and four weeks since the day I started rehabbing him. That means it’s also been four weeks since I’ve slept through the whole night. My alarms are all set at 4 am, 5 am, 6 am, depending on when I fed him the night before.
It’s weird when September arrives and you find yourself NOT doing the things that you always used to do at this time of year, like choosing a cute notebook at Staples that will definitely keep you organized this time around or revisiting your favorite late-night restaurants at 2 am or negotiating with your roommates for