Thank you to everyone who came out to our Wine and Wings fundraiser event at Northwest Cellars earlier this month. We had a great crowd, beautiful sunny weather, and sold lots of wine to help benefit our busy summer season. Thank you to Bob at NW Cellars for partnering with us and donating a portion of the sales to our center. We had two other smaller fundraising efforts this month as well - the Tippe and Drague Alehouse in Seattle's Beacon Hill area hosted their second annual cribbage tournament benefitting our wildlife center. Thank you Melissa for inviting us to participate again. Also a big thank you to Devin and Grace at Chuck's Hop Shop in Seattle (Union St.) for hosting a flight night to benefit our patients. The support from the community and local businesses is critical to our efforts. We appreciate your help spreading awareness of our mission, supporting us with donations, and we hope to work with you again in the near future.
So Summer 2016 is in full swing, we have multiples of every species from squirrels to chipmunks, mallards and geese, raccoons, owls, and a huge variety of baby birds. The baby bird room is full and staffed 12+ hours a day. Thankfully, our seasonal interns are here to help feed all these orphans - they are hand feeding, tube feeding, and bottle feeding hundreds of animals daily. We have also taken several owlets from other area centers in for care. It is important to connect similar species in new sibling groups, so we have a bunch of baby barn owls, baby barred owls, and lots of baby Great horned owls.
These owls in particular eat a lot of mice. We are spending about $45 a day just on mice for these orphaned owlets right now. Our most recent rodent order was $2444 - and so far this year, just the cost for rodents has been $8300. This is a significant portion of our food costs - eggs, formula, and various feeds make up the remaining food expense. If you want to help us cover the costs associated with our baby season patients - consider sponsoring an owlet and making a monthly contribution
. Becoming a Sarvey Supporting and donating locally every month to help our area wildlife is one of the best ways people can directly help our efforts. Thank you to everyone who donates - we could not do this work without your support.
1. This Barn owlet (far left) is the same as the one in photo #2, which we also had in our last newsletter. Look at how big it has grown since it arrived at just a few days old and fed an inproper diet. 2. A tiny little orphaned Barn owl, so small that the people that found it confused it for a songbird and fed it dogfood. 3. Just a couple of the baby Great Horned owls we have at the center.
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1. 3 orphaned fawns are now bonded as a new sibling group. 2. The tiniest raccoon we had arrive so far this season. His mother was accidentally scared off just after he was born and she did not return. He is doing well and will have lots of new raccoon siblings. 3. This mama opossum was hit by a car and it broke her jaw. She had babies in her pouch and they were unharmed. We nursed her back to health and the whole family was released.