Welcome to Mandy’s Menagerie!

When I recently purchased my first home, little did I know how entertaining the wildlife would be. Birds, butterflies, goats, groundhogs, deer, and all sorts of wonderful animals wander through this property on a regular basis. However, it was not long after I moved in before I was reminded that nature is not always neat and pretty. Nature is a cycle of life AND death. Where there is a beginning, there is also an end. Fortunately, that makes for some pretty interesting adventures.

Feel free to peruse the wild animal adventures straight from my back yard. I also have a section for specific animals sightings and a page of resources in case you are interested in learning more about wildlife and conservation.

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Where the Wild Things Are

Feel free to peruse the various animal adventure stories here. The first few posts are an overview of the various kinds of wildlife I’ve experienced since I moved here. The rest of the posts will be updates or new adventures.


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Wild Resources

Useful apps for bird watching and plant identification:

Audubon Bird Guide App
Peterson Fields Guides Backyard Birds

Conservation Websites:

5 Simple Ways to Prevent Birds from Flying into Your Windows
Audubon Conservation Page
Hummingbird Feeding Tips
Make Your Windows Bird-Safe
Tennessee Wildscaping

Wildlife Identification Websites:

Audubon Guide to North American Birds
Caterpillar Identification at Discover Life
Cornell University Birds of North American Search
Dragonfly and Damselfly Identification
Dragonfly Identification Guide
Gardens with Wings Butterfly Identification
National Geographic Bird Identification
Tennessee Watchable Wildlife
US Fish & Wildlife Service’s Bird Enthusiasts Page

Wild Life:

Butterfly Life Cycle
Chipmunk Facts
Dragonfly Life Cycle
Oppossum Facts
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Facts
Skunk Facts
Woodchuck Facts
More Woodchuck Facts

Wildlife Rescue Organizations near Nashville:

Agape Animal Rescue
Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee (FACCT)
Freedom Farm Animal Sanctuary
Metro Animal Care and Control – Nashville
Nashville Humane Association
Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue
Safe Harbor Equine & Livestock Sanctuary
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
Walden’s Puddle