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Morels, and babes in the wood

PatSpring, and “Morel mania” has hit the area and for the past two weeks I have been seeing lots of comments on Facebook about those lucky people finding grocery bags full of mushrooms.

We were jealous because we usually find at least some of those elusive, delicious little fungi right here in the yard – enough for a meal or two anyway.

And Jack was out looking for them, without much luck at all. We even perused the woods over at Terry and Lisa’s on Mother’s Day, thinking we would find some there. No luck unfortunately.

Then this week, they suddenly decided to pop up again and Jack, who is excellent at spotting them, found a bunch out in the back yard.

After our little jaunt on Sunday, Lisa must have caught the bug too, because when she saw his find, she had to go out looking for more – and she did find three that he either missed or that popped up overnight.

Now we keep checking for more every day, at least when it isn’t raining…

One comment I noticed on Facebook had a picture of a newborn fawn someone had spied while they were out mushroom hunting.

So the babies are arriving again. They are so adorable, that if you see one, you might be tempted to just pick it up and bring it home.

Don’t.

Young animals that appear abandoned are not usually alone. The mother may be hiding nearby and unless the youngster is obviously injured, or brought home by one of your own pets, they shouldn’t be touched or removed from their natural environment.

The Department of Natural Resources wildlife experts cite a variety of problems when people bring wild babies home in what they consider an act of mercy. They can carry serious diseases like distemper and rabies. It is also very difficult for those animals to survive when they are released back into the wild after being raised by humans.

Wild animals just don’t make good pets. In some cases of endangered species and game animals like deer, it is illegal to bring them home.

If you do find an obviously injured animal, contact your local animal control agency or the Department of Natural Resources office. There are authorized agencies in Michigan that specialize in first aid and rehabilitation services for wild animals.

Things are beginning bloom again all over the area. Guess they should be since May is now half over already.

You know what that means… from here until July will only seem like a week or so. From here to September first, only a month.

It doesn’t seem fair that January, February, March, and yes even April this year, all seem to last for six months, while May, June and July only last about three weeks.

Summertime, which is nearly here, means fast time.

I think May is my favorite month of all. It really is the beginning of things and it ends up with the bonus of a three-day holiday! It is also the beginning of our camping season, and despite the “war of the mice” I wrote about last week, I am anxious to go up to the camper again – hopefully for some sunny nice days this time!

May is cool breezes and warm sunshine. It is the scent of green things growing and lilacs in bloom. It is the taste of fresh chives, morels and wild asparagus. It is lacy new leaves and the delicate purple faces of wild violets next to bright yellow dandelions blooming in the impossibly green grass.

May is newly awakened bumblebees and the return of the hummingbirds, baby birds cheeping, frogs peeping in the dark and sometimes a glimpse of wild babies in the woods.

This is the time of year when you can’t wait to get outside, even if it is just to go for a walk.

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