In my family, we love mice so much that I had to say no when my husband and daughter wanted a snake. We had it in the house for two nights and I couldn't stand the idea of feeding it mice--or worse, rabbits, when it got older. We've had many mice pets! I understand they have to eat them, but I won't buy them as food. Luckily the breeder was happy to have the snake returned.
We all want to help the bees, if not to save them, then to preserve our own species in the process. Other than banning pesticides, protecting wildlife areas and holding our officials accountable, how can we help them right in our own backyards?
A few years ago, any mention of Siegfried and Roy might have triggered an angry reaction rather than praise, given the whole tiger situation, but now their Secret Garden attraction is being hailed as a sanctuary for animals. The garden and habitat at The Mirage has recently been awarded the gold standard of animal welfare from American Humane.
There is a great program from the National Wildlife Federation that allows you to recognize your beautiful landscape and garden work as the habitat that it is. If you have worked hard on creating a natural habitat with food, water, shelter and a place to raise young for wildlife, this is the program for you.