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Issue Date: June 10, 2020

Raising the Kids

By Jane Thibodeau Martin,

This is the time of peak reproduction in our neighbors " the insects, mammals, reptiles, birds and amphibians we share land with. It is fascinating to see all the strategies, so different, utilized by our neighbors to try and raise some offspring to the point of independence " an endeavor nay of us can identify with. Some of them raise more than one family in a summer; I notice the parents begin to look as haggard as I used to feel when I was wrangling an infant and a toddler. My pairs of Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks, so chunky at the beginning of spring, look skinny now, probably from the constant need to catch and ferry food to their rapidly-growing kids.

A few of the parents I've seen going about the stressful work of raising "kids" include a pair of Sandpipers. The birds kept making nests in our gravel driveway, and I kept trying to discourage it, fearing we would accidently run over the nest once the eggs were laid. But while we were away for a few days camping, a site was selected and brooding was already in progress when we got home. Luckily the nest was out of the main traffic path, but it's nestled in between the garden hose loops we left strung across the gravel parking area. Of course, we looked up the incubation period for the eggs, hoping it was short"I think we are on week three of an approximate 20-24 day period of inconvenience. I am grateful for the rain, since we can't access our hose. I watch the bird, sitting in the bright, baking sunlight and hunkered down during thunderstorms. The devotion is admirable, and I only see the nest unattended for very brief periods of time.

According to the Audubon Society, the sandpiper male does the majority of egg incubation while the bigger female defends the nest, including the "I am injured/broken wing" trick that always intrigues our dogs. This "flip" on the human stereotype of female nurturing and male protector shows the different approaches of parenting.

Another devoted dad is the bluegill fish. "Hank Lake" has a shallow rocky bed just in front of the creek outlet, and this is the preferred spawning site for the resident population of this entertaining little fish. The males prepare a shallow depression in the bottom, and the female chooses one of the males and lays eggs in his nest. The males are extremely aggressive during breeding time, and attack everything that ventures near their territory including the females. These aggressive males are most attractive to the females who are looking for a guy who will take good care of the "kids." After she lays her eggs, he fertilizes them and then she's on her way, done with parenting. The male continues to hover over the nest, fanning silt off of the eggs and chasing away anything and everything that gets near his nest until the eggs hatch in about five days. I love standing still near the inlet and watching the chaos of multiple closely packed males harassing each other over their little nest territories until some other creature blunders into the nesting area, when they all turn on the hapless intruder to chase it away. Normally the sight of a human sends all these fish fleeing, but the dad bluegills are so devoted to their job they hold tight despite my presence.

Another target of critter parent ire is the local crow population. Crows are omnivorous, eating almost anything, including the eggs of other birds and nestlings. If a crow gets too close to a bird nest, the parent birds immediately gang up and start harassing it, with the goal of driving it off. It is hard to believe that a tiny songbird can drive off the much bigger crows but you see it all the time. Today I watched a crow who was walking along the ground get too near a tree with a nest and saw the parent birds land near the crow and rush toward it on the ground, something I've never seen before.

And finally the darling of the northwoods, the white tail deer. Nearly everyone has a story about seeing a fawn, appearing abandoned at what may seem like an inappropriate place near a home or cabin. Mama deer is smart enough to know fawn predators are fearful of humans, and this means stashing baby too small to keep up with her close to human activity is a good strategy.

I imagine what I'd feel like if I thought the best way to insure my helpless baby survived would be to leave it alone in a thicket or bush for hours. The fear that it would be discovered would be overwhelming, and I imagine the mosquitoes feast on these delicate little animals. But Mother Nature knows exactly what she is doing, and this is the best way to protect the infant until it can run from danger. The father deer has nothing to do with raising his offspring, his goal is to father as many fawns as he can.

Hank Lake is full of huge and small polliwogs, representing several species of frogs in the making, and over its surface I can watch dozens of courting dragonflies. I know among them are Chalk-fronted Corporals and Dot-tailed Whitefaces but getting firm identifications on high-speed dragonflies is a challenge. A sweet little mama duck with seven duckings following in her wake melts into the cattails when I appear, quietly and quickly. This is how the mother teaches that humans are to be feared and avoided. I wish this wasn't necessary, but it certainly is. They are safe here with us, but other places will not be so hospitable. Male ducks usually abandon the female as soon as she begins incubating eggs.

Summer flees quickly. The babies must grow up fast, while temperatures are mild and food supplies good. These skilled parents work hard at making sure the little ones are ready when things change " just like we humans do. And God's creatures parent in many different ways, males and females dividing work differently, or even single parenting, all strategies which can be successful. There is not one "perfect" way to parent.

*Congratulations on your marriage Aaron and Andrea. The pandemic wreaked havoc on your plans, but you persevered with a sense of humor. The ability to make lemonade out of lemons will serve you both well in the years to come.

*Song stuck in my head: "Get Together" by the Youngbloods. A great anthem for the turbulent times we are in.

You can reach me for commentary, alternative viewpoints or ideas at this e-mail address: JanieTMartin@gmail.com.


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