We’re all familiar with the change of seasons and the animal activity that comes with it. Bears are known to become voracious eaters in the fall to prepare for winter hibernation. At the same time, squirrels seem to amp-up their activity when it comes to finding and burying nuts. Even insects behave more erratically when they sense a temperature change is coming. This so called “circle of life” doesn’t only happen when the seasons change. It happens on a much smaller scale as well.
Every single day the sun sets and rises and with this comes a flurry of animal activity. As the sun starts to set, you’ll notice more deer come out on the edges of fields and on the sides of roads. Maybe you’ll see a raccoon run across the street. In the evening the animal day-shift is turning in and the night-shift is just beginning. With it comes an abundance of activity and you can literally see it if you’re open to it. There’s more drama in wild areas during sunrise and sunset than you’ll ever see on your daily soap opera! Domestic animals that have become accustomed to living in a wild situation after being displaced surprisingly start to take on these daily rhythms.
If you’ve lost a pet and it’s been gone for a long period of time, try searching for it before dusk or at dawn. There’s calmness in the world during these times and the noise of the modern world is at less of a peak. This means that the sounds of the natural world are more likely to come through and be more noticeable. I live on the East Coast. At 4 PM (from about April to October) on the nose and with amazing consistency I can literally see the changes start to take place. Animals are active at this time and making preparations for the night. The same happens before 8 AM the next morning. Pay attention to these times when doing a search for a lost animal or simply observing nature in general. Have heightened awareness during these times and you’ll raise your chances of finding your lost pet.