The summer baby season patients continue to arrive at a record pace. We have reached some annual milestones this past month, like watching our young fawns finally grow big enough to be released into the larger deer field. They have more room to run and develop the muscles they need to be released back into the wild at the end of the season. There are now several large groups of ducklings that were released onto our pond. Baby raccoons are now big enough to be in the larger chain link enclosures outside to learn climbing and foraging skills – although, more baby raccoons have arrived recently, so the raccoon nursery is still in use. Baby Steller’s jays and crows moved out of the bird nursery, spent time in the flight cages, and were recently released. Everyday some species is coming and going and we are just beginning to see the next wave of baby squirrels coming out of nests and being orphaned.
As we move into August this year, we are awaiting a heat wave later this week. Like many homes and businesses in the Pacific Northwest, we don’t have air conditioning – so, we will do what we can to stay cool. Our staff, interns, and volunteers keep the fans running, and make sure our outside animals have a steady supply of fresh water. You can help the wildlife in your own backyards this week deal with the heat by putting out some fresh water for them to bathe in and drink. The safest way to do this is to use shallow pans or plant saucers, fill them with water, and place a few large rocks or stones in the base. This prevents them from being tipped over and if something small falls in, the rocks can allow the animal to crawl out so they don’t drown.
We will be saying goodbye to many of our summer interns this month. They have spent 12 weeks learning the basics of wildlife rehabilitation. We wish them all luck as they return to school or move on to pursue career opportunities. Our small staff depends on our summer interns and volunteers to help with the workload. We currently have some openings for volunteer shifts, if you are interested please read the description of responsibilities and send us an inquiry.
We will send you a questionnaire to determine if the volunteer job is a good fit. Most shifts are Monday – Friday from 8 to noon, or 10 to 2pm.
Thank you to everyone for the ongoing support of supplies from our Amazon Wishlist
, donations of fish, and of course financial contributions. We have had many mouths to feed this summer. Baby owlets (Great horned owls, Barred owls, Barn owls) eat a LOT of mice daily. Species specific formulas are purchased from a supplier for our small and large mammals. Baby birds are fed special diets depending on the species, and we have purchased tens of thousands of mealworms and countless blueberries have been cut up into smaller portions for these tiny patients.
If you are not currently a monthly donor, please consider becoming one today
. Even a small monthly contribution helps us meet our annual operational expenses. Wildlife Rehabilitation is a community effort and we thank you for your role in making our work possible.
Owls, eagles, and falcons, oh my...
1. Two of the five orphaned Great horned owlets recently released.
2. This young Peregrine falcon came out of the nest too early. Found on the ground in downtown Seattle, he was being handfed by people on the street. Not a good situation and he was rescued and brought to us. Turned out his sibling had been resuced the previous week under similar situations and ended up at PAWS wildlife. We transferred him there to be reunited with his sibling while efforts to return them to the nest on the top of a Seattle building were being arranged.
3. This "baby" Bald eagle, same as shown above, was rescued by our staff on July 5th. He had bruising and blood in his glottis likely from the fall. Lab results indicated he was anemic and his body condition was thin, bordering on emaciation. Here he is getting a new tail wrap, more blood tests, and a "pedicure" to clean his feet. He is doing much better now and we are hopeful he can be released once he is fully flighted.
Sleepy Eastern cottontails squish together in our incubators. Others lay flat against the bottom in direct contact with the warmth of the heated base. Check out their little feet, ears, and fluffy round bellies. Feeding these rabbits is a delicate job. They must be tube fed with special formula to prevent them from developing bloat.