January 24, 2014
Quincy, FL - "Right now we're getting a lot of bats in that have been cold stunned. They get too cold, they can't fly and people find them on the ground," said Stephanie Neumann, Executive Director at St. Francis Wildlife Association.
The two newest patients at St. Francis are bats that were found outside of the Civic Center. The Wildlife Association is also treating birds who were malnourished from the cold. "Actually they usually have a very short rehabilitation time. We bring them in and warm them up. We feed them for a day or two and then as soon as the temperatures warm back up most of them are ready to go again," said Neumann.
St. Francis said the bats and some of the birds are ready to be released, but it's too cold to release any of their animals back into the wild just yet.
Below freezing temperatures can also hurt your plants. Tallahassee Nurseries said it's taking all of the precautionary steps to keep its greenery in good shape. "Well first of all we cover all of the tender annuals and perennials things that aren't cold hardy, including pansies, petunias, snapdragons and even things that can take pretty cold weather," said Kevin Bradberry, Assistant at Tallahassee Nurseries.
Tallahassee Nursiers also said to use a brick or something heavy when covering with a cloth to make sure it doesn't blow away. "Brick it or pin it down to the ground over whatever it is you want to cover and it should insulate it pretty well," said Bradberry.