SPCA: Wildlife can adapt just fine to sudden cold and snow in WNY

Hear Barb Haney talk about the sudden cold and snow and its impact on wildlife
A goose in WNY is covered by snow as it sits atop its eggs. April 21, 2021
A goose in WNY is covered by snow as it sits atop its eggs. April 21, 2021 Photo credit WBEN

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) – Don’t be worried about how the sudden change in weather has impacted wildlife.

“They’re better adapted for this than we are, for certain,” Barb Haney, Director of Wildlife at the SPCA Serving Erie County, said. “Right here at the SPCA we have a nest of Killdeer…they’re sitting on the nest and we have a picture of one with its little head poking out.”

You might notice geese stoically sitting on its eggs as the snow piles on them, but Haney said this isn’t a cause for alarm. Because snow acts as an insulator, the animals should be okay.

“These animals know what they’re doing,” she said. “They’re going to sit on those nests like any good mother would do.”

Animals that are already compromised, such as those with injury or illness, will find it harder to survive in these conditions. Haney said if you are worried about a wild animal, you could always contact the SPCA’s Wildlife Hospital at 875-7360 ext. 247

Goose in Buffalo. April 21, 2021
Photo credit WBEN