276 posts categorized in "Wildlife"

 

Spring is nearly around the corner, and that means one thing here at PAWS—the babies are coming! April through September is considered "baby season" at the PAWS Wildlife Center, when our staff and volunteers have their hands full caring for adorable (and hungry!) baby birds, squirrels, Raccoons, chipmunks, opossums and many more.

Volunteer-feeding-baby-squirrelAccording to volunteer coordinator Frances Boyens, baby robins and sparrows are usually the first to arrive at the PAWS Wildlife Center, and baby season officially ends when the final baby raccoon is strong enough to scamper out the door. Last baby season, the PAWS team even cared for several bear cubs and baby Harbor Seals.

The first few months of life are a tenuous time for newborns in the wild, and most of these young ones come to us injured, orphaned and unable to care for themselves. A great number of babies coming through our doors are the survivors of attacks from cats and dogs, or the unfortunate victims of human interference.

PAWS staff and volunteers spend months meticulously and lovingly rehabilitating them so they can make a successful transition back to their natural habitats. It’s a busy and exciting time, and one of the best times to be a volunteer at PAWS. Volunteers work hands-on with the animals, feeding them and helping nurse them back to health.

“It’s a rewarding and life changing experience,” says one volunteer. “There’s nothing quite like feeding a tiny squirrel, and knowing you’re making the difference between life and death.”

Baby season is only a month away, and we need all the help we can get to ensure that we have the resources to care for these small, defenseless creatures.

“Our volunteers go through orientation and training, ensuring they are able to act with minimal supervision and really take ownership in their work with the animals,” says Boyens.

Help PAWS get baby-season-ready and sign up today!

 

 

Question: A Robin keeps attacking my windows. I'm afraid he will hurt himself. What can I do, and why is he doing that?

American Robins exhibit bizarre window-pecking behaviorThat's a great question! This curious behavior happens every spring. American Robins are very territorial, and once a pair has established their nest site, they will fiercely defend it.

The PAWS Wildlife Center receives many calls from people concerned about Robins attacking or pecking repetitively on their windows—we’ve even heard of Robins attacking the rear-view mirrors of vehicles.

The bizarre behavior occurs when birds see their reflection in windows or mirrors and think it’s another bird trying to take over their territory.  This activity usually continues through the nest-building, hatching and nestling stages.

The window-pecking can last several months, but don’t worry; unlike window strikes, this behavior is rarely dangerous for the birds.

There are several things you can do to deter birds from attacking windows. The main idea is to make window glass non-reflective. Sometimes the whole window needs covering, but primarily near the window sill where the bird will sit and continuously hit the glass. 

  • Cover the window on the outside with screening or netting at least two to three inches from the glass. Make it taut enough to bounce the bird off before they hit the glass.
  • Install external shutters, awnings or sun shades.
  • Apply one-way transparent film.  You can see out and the bird cannot see a reflection (CollidEscape).
  • Wipe a bar of soap on the window.
  • Cover the window with a sheet, newspaper or clear plastic.
  • Hang  Mylar tape, an eye balloon or pinwheels  in front of windows.
  • Apply decals or stickers (only effective when spaced very closely to each other)
  • String up old cd’s.
  • For new home construction, install windows so the glass angles downward and doesn’t reflect the surroundings. 

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The Golden Eagle is a fairly rare sight in Western Washington, and is a very rare patient for us to have in care. Although we are occasionally contacted by members of the public who believe they have found an injured Golden Eagle, most turn out to be juvenile Bald Eagles.

The two species can be confusing to the untrained eye, especially when viewed individually, or at a distance. Placing the two side by side makes identifying them a bit easier. Below you can see a juvenile Bald Eagle on the left, and an adult Golden Eagle on the right. Note the slightly smaller beak on the Golden Eagle as well as the lighter, golden feathers on the back of the head and nape of the neck.

Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle

Continue reading "Which Eagle Is It?" »

 

February 7 started off as a good day for this Golden Eagle. She spent the morning feasting on an all-you-can-eat buffet of elk meat from a carcass she had found, and she was about to fly off to find a comfortable perch on which she could sit and digest her meal. Unfortunately, she never made it there.

As the eagle took flight, she passed over the same strip of pavement on which the elk had met his end. Possibly weighed down by a full stomach, the eagle nearly became roadkill herself—she was struck by a truck and instantly grounded. She was retrieved from the roadside by a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife enforcement officer who delivered her to PAWS the next day.

Golden Eagle 140078

Continue reading "A Good Day Turns Bad for a Golden Eagle" »

 

2013 was a successful (and busy!) year at PAWS. As we prepare to usher in 2014, we'd like to share with you a few memorable moments and milestones from the past year:

  • Make a year-end gift to PAWS!Our shelter has placed more than 1,775 animals in their forever homes so far this year—and adoptions are still taking place!
  • In 2013, PAWS veterinarians performed their first-ever Pneumothorax surgery on a 4-pound infant American Black Bear to repair her collapsed lung. More than a year later, on June 5, 2013, this once-frail cub was released back to her home in the Umpqua National Forest in Oregon!
  • This year, the PAWS Foster Care program continued to grow at a staggering pace, providing temporary homes for 1,950 dogs and cats.
  • PAWS Cat City celebrated a record-breaking year with more than 1,260 adoptions!
  • We cared for several Western Pond Turtles, a species that has been listed as endangered since 1993, was a particular surprise! In 2013, we rehabilitated and released a large variety of wildlife, including this young Harbor Seal (pictured above) who came to PAWS dehydrated, emaciated, and extremely weak. Months later he was returned to the wild, a healthy and vibrant creature.

Over the past year—with your help—we have transformed the lives of more than 6,700 injured, orphaned and abandoned animals. Together, we provided much-needed shelter, care and love for the cats, dogs and wildlife who arrived at our door, in need of a second chance.

Please help us continue our life-saving work by making a year-end tax-deductible donation for the animals at PAWS by midnight on December 31.

Thank you for your continued support in 2014!

 

 

You may know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the two unofficial "holidays" between Thanksgiving and Christmas devoted to shopping for gifts and finding the greatest deals. But now there's a new holiday, designed with a more philanthropic goal in mind: #GivingTuesday.

Give Back on #GivingTuesday 2013Tuesday, December 3, 2013 marks the second annual #GivingTuesday, a day to kick off the holiday giving season in a different way.

#GivingTuesday is a nation-wide day of charitable giving, and a chance for you to make a gift that will save animals' lives.


This Giving Tuesday, join PAWS to help save the lives of injured and orphaned cats, dogs and wildlife. With your kindness and support, we’ll continue to make a positive impact on the homeless animals in our community.

Support PAWS with a #GivingTuesday gift!

 

 

We work with an impressively diverse array of wild animals here at PAWS. Since we began taking wildlife in 1981 we have received more than 260 different species, but a number alone does not paint a clear picture of this amazing variety of wild patients. With the goal of giving you a better understanding of the diversity of wildlife with which we work, I have compiled 23 photos of patients that were in care at PAWS in 2013.

As you look at the photos, I invite you to think about the knowledge that is needed to provide medical and rehabilitative care to each one. For each animal we receive we must know how to properly identify the species, how to recognize and treat injuries and illnesses, what kind of food they eat and how to deliver it, how to safely handle and house them, how to know when they are ready for release, and much, much more. And these 23 photos represent less than 10% of the total number of species with which we have worked!

Providing care for such a varied group of species can be a daunting prospect, but thanks to your support the PAWS Wildlife Center is up to the task!

1. Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Continue reading "23 Examples of Diversity at PAWS Wildlife Center" »

 

On November 9, a Northern Saw-whet Owl was having a very bad day. She was lying on the pavement in the middle of a Seattle street, and she was surrounded by crows that were not happy to see her in their territory. A passerby noticed her predicament and intervened, but not before the owl had lost a few feathers and suffered a minor injury to one eye.

Northern Saw-whet

Continue reading "An Owl's Bad Day Gets Better" »

 

In the early summer, five different Black-tailed Deer fawns with five different stories arrived at PAWS. Two were found wandering near roads. One became stuck in a fence as she tried to flee approaching humans. One was attacked by a dog. One came with few details other than where he had been found. Despite their varied pasts, after being brought to PAWS these five fawns shared a common destiny—to one day return to the wild life they were born to live.

Black-tailed Deer Fawn

It took more than five months, but that day did come. On November 14, PAWS Staff and volunteers herded the now sub-adult deer one at a time down a chute and into their waiting transport boxes. Two hours later those boxes were lined up on a remote, forested site and the doors were opened. Two deer immediately made a break for it, while others were a little more timid.

Deer Release

Continue reading "Releasing the Herd" »