There’s a case to be made against dog companions. They warn and ward off animals you might otherwise be privileged to see. Then again, if you pay attention to what dogs notice and if you keep them obedient, you can reduce disturbing wildlife and benefit from dogs’ observations.
Thanks to dogs, I’d like to think I’m more in touch with my place in the country and more aware of our impact. Particularly, I’m keenly aware of how much we humans impact wildlife survival. Even good intentions have negative consequences: a tub of fresh water drowns a baby bird.
I practice Leave No Trace but when you think about it, Leave No Trace is an practical and existential onion with multiple layers. There’s so much impact we aren’t aware of or don’t acknowledge.
56 species for this episode. (And likely another 50 that I did not see.)
Golden Mantled Squirrel
Red-Winged Black Bird
Great Blue Heron
Red Shafted Flicker
Black Capped Chickadee
Dark-Eyed Junco (and its many varieties)
Ringed Turtle Dove
Great Horned Owl
Western Screech Owl
Broad Tailed Hummingbird
Common Poor Will