The game of life is going on right now in your backyard. Animals are trying the beat the "Survivor" odds to outwit and outlast the hardships of winter. Although some of them might escape the cold by migrating to warmer climates or hibernating in snug burrows, others must gamble at finding food and shelter. By winter's end, the populations of most animals are at their lowest.
The "Wheel of Fortune" takes a new spin as spring approaches. It's a time for rebuilding populations. Baby animals abound in forests, fields and neighborhoods. One female rabbit, for example, can have up to five litters a year with as many as six young in each. It doesn't take a mathematician to figure out that not every rabbit can survive. In fact, only four out of ten rabbits live past the first month and only three out of ten songbirds survive the first year.
Their "Jeopardy" continues even through warm summer days when the food is plentiful. Many young animals die naturally from accidents, diseases and predators. When winter's cooler temperatures begin again, the game of life takes another spin, with a natural fall of wildlife numbers.
For animals, the right tools are needed for survival. Here are a few tools that help them survive all your round.