Spring has Sprung
April has been a busy month and baby season is ramping up. We always know spring is here when baby ducks and goslings arrive. Over the past month baby river otters, baby raccoons, ducklings and goslings, and even a Great Horned owlet have come in for care. We have orphaned cottontails, squirrels, opossums, and even a few orphaned baby birds requiring multiple feedings per day and keeping everyone busy.
Our first gosling. He now has 5 new siblings.
We are all eager for the interns to arrive later this month. Summer interns help us care for hundreds of orphans each year. They are college students who are with us for 12 weeks. They will learn a myriad of rehabilitation skills to benefit them in future career goals or educational pursuits.
Our center has a small staff (4 full-time/1 part-time) and our volunteers and interns are critical to helping your donations go further. Please consider becoming a monthly donor
– this commitment to our mission is critical to our operating budget and success. If you sign up anytime in the month of May – with a pledge of $10 or more per month – we will send you a special gift.
1. An orphaned Eastern gray squirrel - one of many that require multiple feedings per day. 2. Our resident Great Horned owl, Athena, is taking care of a new baby. This orphaned owlet was transferred to us by West Sound Wildlife on Bainbridge Island. Athena has been acting as a surrogate foster mom for area orphaned Great Horned owlets since 1992. We provide the mice, she does all the hard work! 3. An orphaned Eastern cottontail tucked into an incubator in the baby mammal room.
1. An orphaned coyote pup found on the side of a busy road. He was alone and rescued - here his is trying to hide in the transport crate en route to our facility. 2. The coyote pup has a quick exam. He was lucky that he was not injured. He is eating on his own and waiting for new "siblings" to arrive. 3. Dr. Lesley Kovar, our consulting vet, listens to the River otter pup's lungs. They are doing well, gaining weight, and should open their eyes soon.
We are also accepting donations for the auction. Thank you to everyone who contacted us and contributed so far - we are collecting some beautiful, unique, and artistic items. Contact us if you have something to contribute. Together we can make this event a success.
Go WILD! Gala 2018
Saturday, June 23 - 6:00 - 9:30
Tulalip Resort Casino, Orca Ballroom - Marysville, WA
Tickets are now on sale and we are gathering some unique items for our silent auction. If you would like to contribute an item to the auction, please email
us to discuss. We will be holding another raffle and our Grand Prize is a Holland America 7-day cruise package
. There are many great trips and items being added to the raffle prizes as well. Come meet our resident raptors, mingle during our "happy hour" and share drinks and appetizers, then enjoy a delicious meal.
Join us for our wildlife "adoptions" and our silent auction to help us raise funds to continue our work.
If you cannot attend the gala, you can still contribute by buying a ticket to sponsor one of our volunteers. We have already had a couple of tickets purchased for this purpose, Thank YOU!! If you own a local business and would like to sponsor the event in some way, we have many levels of participation. Wildlife rehabilitation is a community effort and we are grateful to everyone for their support - your contributions make it possible for us to continue to help the patients brought to us for care.
Ranger Rick Magazine
The May issue of Ranger Rick Magazine features a section about Beavers. Two years ago, our baby beaver was the subject of this future publication. Thank you to Suzi Eszterhas (wildlife photographer) for spending time at our center that season. She captured some amazing images of our baby beaver and many other patients in our care. You can see more about her work on her website
. She also donated a couple of her prints and publications to us for our fundraising efforts at our upcoming gala.
Sleepy Squirrel - Sleepy River Otter - Many thanks to our dedicated rehabilitators (they are sleepy too!!) for working so hard this past month taking care of fragile babies that needed around the clock care.