THANK YOU and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
It is just days away from the end of 2017 – and we are already planning for our 2018 Baby Season. Our ICU is filled with raptors at the moment – owls and hawks recovering from injuries primarily caused by collisions with cars or window strikes. These patients are slowly recovering from head trauma, eye injuries, or fractures. In between caring from them, preparations for the next season begin. Deep cleaning projects, restocking inventory, repairs to structures and habitats, and a myriad of other tasks are tackled each day.
As the year draws to a close, we are fast approaching a patient count of 2000 animals. Our ability to treat this many animals each year is due to your support. Everyone reading this has in some way contributed to our work. Whether you helped transport an animal for care, made a financial contribution, donated supplies or items from our wish list, volunteered at the center, shared this newsletter or Facebook postings, or attended a fundraiser event – YOU make this work possible. Thank you for making 2017 a success and we wish you all the best in 2018. We know that as the New Year unfolds and more patients arrive each day, you will continue to be there to support our work. Donations can be made on our website
, or checks can be mailed to our PO Box 3590, Arlington WA 98223.
1. Donations of items from our Amazon wishlist have been arriving. We are restocking supplies and this is a great way to help. Visit the wishlist
and be sure to shop using the AmazonSMILE link
. Amazon donates to us when you register us as your charity. 2. Thank you to our young supporters for donating as well. J.D. (age 8) sent us a lovely note and a generous donation.
Thank you to everyone who participated in Giving Tuesday. A special day of philanthropy and giving back. We fell just short of our $10,000 goal - but, we did raise $8500 in a single day!! So, that is impressive. This is $2000 more than last year's total, so thank you for making that happen.
Many of you make end of the year donations and those are critical to helping us prepare for the coming season. There are plans to replace a section of roof over the baby bird and baby mammal nurseries, we are finalizing the plans and permits to start building the new rehab eagle aviary, and an exterior wall of the medical building has been repaired and is waiting to be painted. We work fast and furious as the weather permits over the winter.
1. Northern saw-whet owl - this little owl was discovered in someone's driveway in Stanwood. She probably flew into something. There was nothing significant wrong, just appears she has some soft tissue damage. We hope she can be released soon. 2. Snow goose - this was one lucky goose. He was almost a meal for an eagle. The eagle dropped him onto a porch and the homeowners brought him to us for care. He had some minor wounds. We transferred this goose to our collegues at Whatcom Humane Wildlife, so he could be paired up with other geese at their facility. It is important for some patients to have a "buddy" - so, transfers between facilities is a common practice.
Sarvey in the Seattle Times
The Seattle Times
recently published a story highlighting our efforts to save the animals brought to our center. Thank you to reporter Erik Lacitis and photographer Steve Ringman for spending time with us. If you don't get the Seattle Times and missed the article, you can see if online here.
There are many great photos of the patients in our care. Check it out!
This Long-tailed weasel
was profiled last month. He recovered from rodenticide poisoning and was released. Here he is squealing at us just before the carrier is opened to let him go. You can see the quick
video of him taking off into the brush on our Vimeo page. Click here for the video.
He wasted no time getting far away from us.
Upstanders Challenge Update
Thank You again to all who helped us in October with the Starbucks Upstanders challenge. Your support of the video and sharing it your family and friends helped us to reach the highest number of votes in the challenge. However, Starbucks did not select us to win the cash award. The selection committee choose two other charities to receive the grand prize award. They did contact us directly though, and were very supportive of our mission. They wanted to do something to recognize the effort we put into both the contest and our rehabilitation work. We were awarded $2500 and we will be sure to put that to good use. Thank you Starbucks and all of you for making that possible.
This American kestrel was found in the road. He was hit by a car and has a fractured leg. 1. Getting x-rays of the leg. 2. Waking up from anesthesia. 3. Notice the little splint on his leg. Once the leg is healed, he will be released.