This is part 2 of my series on healing the wounds to wildlife, and today we’ll be talking about the wound of habitat loss.

As cities spread into suburbs and suburbs spread into farmland, we have destroyed a lot of habitat for wildlife in our insatiable appetite for yet another Walmart or housing development.

Within a 5 mile radius of my house there are 19 large shopping centers, each with several big box stores, groceries, and acre after acre of paved parking lots. Many of these are over 100 acres.

New housing developments are spring up all around and these always begin with the bulldozers wiping out every tree on the property.

It used to be said that a squirrel could leave any point on the east coast and journey to the Mississippi River and never touch the ground, travelling from tree to tree through the forests that used to cover this land.

Now that same squirrel could make the same trek and never climb a tree, journeying from parking lot to highway, to more pavement.

Our quest for constant development has left very little habitat for wildlife.