Ecology Center


Daily Ray of Hope

Photo Credit: Randy Davis
Location: Round Valley Regional Preserve. Near Brentwood, California






Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.

-- Aesop

Wildlife Viewing

There are a few basic rules of thumb to remember when going out into nature to view or photograph animals. First, you want to make sure you don't disturb or affect the behavior of the animals you're watching. If they notice you and take action to get away, then you've come too close. For your own safety, never get too close to a wild animal. It's best to use a viewing scope or zoom lens to watch animals and their behaviors at a distance. If we disturb animals in the wild, we may keep them from getting needed rest or we may cause them to use energy they need to get away from a predator or survive some other hardship. The world is full of hardships for animals and we have destroyed much of their natural habitat, so we have to be sensitive to their needs.

Another important thing to remember is we need to walk carefully in sensitive areas and respect or obey signs that mark open spaces off limits due to habitat restoration and other management practices. Always consider there may be endangered animals and plants around, so tread lightly. Never take plants, animals or even rocks home with you. Don't disturb the natural environment and leave it as you found it for others to enjoy.

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