It feels like little time has passed since we were writing about Baby Season 2015, and making final preparations for last year. Somehow these “baby seasons” seem to be lasting longer and longer each year. There is little down time in between and our PNW winters have been milder and shorter – just a couple of days ago the temperatures were in the 60’s! Very unseasonably warm for early February.
However, the most frightening part for us is the phone calls that are starting to trickle in – questions and concerns about a batch of “baby bunnies” hoping around in a patch of grass and shrubs near a local business, reports of nests filled with baby birds in a kitchen stove vent, young baby squirrels squawking in a tree – we assess these situations and determine if things are “normal” or help the caller problem solve, so the babies can stay with mom. We know if won’t be long until the first batches of orphans arrive. Last year, it was February 24 – maybe we should start taking bets about the first baby of the year for 2016.
Silver-haired bat hanging out, new floor in duckling nursery, injured Bald eagle, Shot Snow goose
Our fall and winter months flew by too quickly. We had almost twice as many patients this January compared to the same time last year. Our ICU area was filled to capacity with sick and injured raptors, waterfowl, and we had three bald eagles in our care. Many young first year raptors often have a hard time navigating the world around them. Injuries from window and car strikes are the most common, and others succumb to various infections. Sadly we even had 3 patients the first week that had all been shot.
We are working hard and quickly right now on a few important projects to be ready for 2016. You may recall that we needed to replace the floors in our clinic hospital building. Yesterday, the baby bird and baby mammal rooms were completed. We hope that by the end of the month most of the remaining areas will also be done. Our old flooring was worn out and damaged in places. This new flooring is a thicker medical grade quality and is much more durable. The smooth surface will also allow for easier cleaning and sanitation.
Baby bird room - Before New flooring getting installed Base moulding is installed
Thank you to everyone who has helped by donating funds or supplies to help us prepare for 2016.
We treated a total of 1489 wildlife patients in 2015, and January 2016 has already proven to be busy, so we expect that trend to continue. Rehabilitating orphaned, sick, and injured wild animals is challenging in many respects – so, we are quite proud of our 72% release rate for 2015.
If you missed it before, we are continuing our $100,000 challenge. Visit our Go Fund Me page – or our website for more information on how you can help.
Donations can also be made online on our website. Please go see our new Blog feature on the website too! We have our Patients of the Week archived with their story updates, and will continue to share stories all year.
Be sure to follow us on FaceBook for regular updates about our patients and also visit our website for links to videos, news and updates, and announcements about upcoming educational opportunities.
Thank you for your ongoing support. Wildlife rehabilitation is a community effort. Your donations are an investment in the future – the future of our facility – and for future generations of wildlife born in our area.