Nature

Test Your Wildlife Wisdom!

Warmer weather is here, and all kinds of things are going on outside. Are you and your family ready for any wildlife encounters? Take this quiz to find out!

1. You see a baby bird hopping along the ground. When it tries to fly, it can only flutter. You should…

That’s right!

Some baby birds leave the nest before they can fly well. One or both of its parents are nearby, keeping an eye on it and bringing it food. Sometimes a very young and helpless bird falls out of its nest. If you see and can easily reach the nest, you can put the baby back into it. (It’s not true that parent birds will reject a baby that has been touched by people.)

That’s incorrect!

Some baby birds leave the nest before they can fly well. One or both of its parents are nearby, keeping an eye on it and bringing it food. Sometimes a very young and helpless bird falls out of its nest. If you see and can easily reach the nest, you can put the baby back into it. (It’s not true that parent birds will reject a baby that has been touched by people.)

2. You discover a nest of baby rabbits in your backyard, and you can’t see the mother anywhere. You should…

That’s right!

A mother rabbit feeds her babies for only a few minutes each day. For the rest of the time, she may be nowhere in sight. But don’t worry about the babies—they’ll be just fine. Stay away and let the mother return to them.

Sorry. Try again!

A mother rabbit feeds her babies for only a few minutes each day. For the rest of the time, she may be nowhere in sight. But don’t worry about the babies—they’ll be just fine. Stay away and let the mother return to them.

3. While riding in a car, you see a turtle crawling across the road. You should…

That’s right!

Turtles often have to cross roads to get where they can find food, mates, or places to lay eggs. If you see a turtle on the road, it’s OK to stop and try to help it across—as long as it’s safe for you to do so! Only when you are completely sure nothing is coming either way, quickly pick up the turtle and carry it to the side it was heading toward. Wash your hands. Remember—it’s never OK to take wild animals from their homes or to bring them home as pets.

Nope. Try Again!

Turtles often have to cross roads to get where they can find food, mates, or places to lay eggs. If you see a turtle on the road, it’s OK to stop and try to help it across—as long as it’s safe for you to do so! Only when you are completely sure nothing is coming either way, quickly pick up the turtle and carry it to the side it was heading toward. Wash your hands. Remember—it’s never OK to take wild animals from their homes or to bring them home as pets.

4. You see a raccoon climbing into your trash can. You should…

That’s correct!

Trash cans are tempting for raccoons and many other animals. If your can has a secure lid, you can help keep these creatures out of trouble. And by the way, you should never feed any kind of wildlife, other than songbirds and squirrels.

So sad, that’s wrong.

Trash cans are tempting for raccoons and many other animals. If your can has a secure lid, you can help keep these creatures out of trouble. And by the way, you should never feed any kind of wildlife, other than songbirds and squirrels.

5. You and your family are camping when you hear something outside your tent at night. You should…

That’s Right!

If you’re curious, B is the right choice. If not, then C is the way to go. Trying to scare away a wild animal is usually unnecessary and can be dangerous. Most animals come into a campground looking for food, so be sure to keep all food in a safe place—and never, ever, inside your tent!

Sorry, That’s Not Right.

If you’re curious, B is the right choice. If not, then C is the way to go. Trying to scare away a wild animal is usually unnecessary and can be dangerous. Most animals come into a campground looking for food, so be sure to keep all food in a safe place—and never, ever, inside your tent!

6. You’re hiking with your friends, and you see a snake on the trail in front of you. You should…

You’re correct!

All snakes are harmless from a distance. And only a few are dangerous if you get too close. If you see a snake, it’s OK to slowly and quietly move closer to get a better look—up to about eight feet away. At that distance, try to see what kind it is. If you’re sure it’s not venomous, you can move even closer. If you aren’t sure, watch it from where you are and don’t move closer.

That’s incorrect! 😧

All snakes are harmless from a distance. And only a few are dangerous if you get too close. If you see a snake, it’s OK to slowly and quietly move closer to get a better look—up to about eight feet away. At that distance, try to see what kind it is. If you’re sure it’s not venomous, you can move even closer. If you aren’t sure, watch it from where you are and don’t move closer.

7. You lift up a rock along a stream and find a salamander under it. You should…

Right you are! 😀

The world beneath a rock or log can be an amazing place. But when you lift a rock or roll over a log, remember this: You’re now a guest in someone’s home. Enjoy what you see there, but don’t try to pick up anything. (Many of the animals there are delicate.) Then gently—VERY gently—put the rock or log back exactly where you found it.

Nope, try again.

The world beneath a rock or log can be an amazing place. But when you lift a rock or roll over a log, remember this: You’re now a guest in someone’s home. Enjoy what you see there, but don’t try to pick up anything. (Many of the animals there are delicate.) Then gently—VERY gently—put the rock or log back exactly where you found it.

8. You find some bats hanging in your attic. You should…

Correct!

Bats make helpful neighbors because they eat pesky bugs, like mosquitoes. But sometimes they find a way into people’s attics, which they use for shelter during the day. To make sure your attic is bat-free, you can block their entryway after they fly out in the evening. It’s important to know when (definitely not during “baby season”) and how to do this, so contact a local wildlife-control expert.

Sorry, try again.

Bats make helpful neighbors because they eat pesky bugs, like mosquitoes. But sometimes they find a way into people’s attics, which they use for shelter during the day. To make sure your attic is bat-free, you can block their entryway after they fly out in the evening. It’s important to know when (definitely not during “baby season”) and how to do this, so contact a local wildlife-control expert.

9. You’re having a picnic next to a pond. Some ducks come up to you, begging for a handout. You should…

You’re right!

Ducks and other animals can become beggars when people feed them. That’s not good for people, and it surely isn’t good for animals. (Feeding them can make them sick, or it can cause other problems.)

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Ducks and other animals can become beggars when people feed them. That’s not good for people, and it surely isn’t good for animals. (Feeding them can make them sick, or it can cause other problems.)

10. You’re riding in a car in a national park and see a mother bear and her two little cubs. You should…

That’s right!

The animals in a park may seem tame, but they are wild and can be dangerous—especially a mother bear with her cubs. Get out of your car only when a park ranger is there to tell you it’s OK. Always obey the rules of the park and never get too close to bears.

Nope!

The animals in a park may seem tame, but they are wild and can be dangerous—especially a mother bear with her cubs. Get out of your car only when a park ranger is there to tell you it’s OK. Always obey the rules of the park and never get too close to bears.