We notice lots of interesting things during these outings, like:
Small birds nests
Recently we found a dead opossum in the Menomonee Valley that had frozen in its final resting place. It was a rare and sad reminder of how harsh the winter months can be for wildlife. Although it was too late for that opossum, there are other animals that will feed on carrion, so we decided to leave the opossum in place so it could provide food for a natural scavenger (like a vulture or a coyote).
To see photos of our outing on that day, check out this Journal-Sentinel photo story about our excursion.
Note: If you ever come across a sick, injured or orphaned wild animal, contact the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the Wisconsin Humane Society. Their injured animal response number is (414) 431-6204.