How to Help During the Heatwave

Earlier today, I was sitting at my desk working when I heard a loud THUMP on the deck. I ran over to the back window to see what it was, and saw a huge groundhog just strolling around back there investigating.

Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera with me to get a picture, and, within seconds, s/he disappeared under the deck and who knows where after that.

I was naturally wondering what on earth would make a groundhog jump (?) onto our deck, and I realized it must be searching desperately for water to get so close to the house. So I quickly filled bowls and put them out in the front and the back for the wild beasties.

Normally I do that as soon as I hear that a heatwave is imminent, but I forgot this time, darn it.

Anyway! It's a good reminder that there are things we call do to help during a heatwave like the one engulfing much of the U.S. right now.

Put out water bowls for the critters. Share information about cooling centers near you. Inquire with local organizations serving people who are homeless what they may need right now.

Please feel welcome and encouraged to share additional ideas for how we can help each other and wildlife in comments.

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