January 24, 2017

This winter has been harsh for a lot of critters, especially our native bats! These two Silver-haired Bats are in a hibernaculum, where they will spend the winter sleeping in comfort. The room that they are in barely gets above 50°F, which is a little bit above optimal...

December 19, 2016

With the first big cold snap of the winter season, we'd like everybody to be aware of how dangerous the cold can be for our only permanent hummingbird species, the Anna's Hummingbird. They're certainly the hardiest of them all, able to withstand freezing temperatures....

April 12, 2016

A woman was driving behind a pickup truck the other day when she saw it suddenly swerve onto the shoulder, return to its lane, and keep going. Horrified, she realized the driver of the truck had just run over and instantly killed a mother duck -- right in front of her...

March 14, 2016

Rainy weather brings some challenges for birds that fly at night. The pavement, often a dark color, is wet and in the moonlight it looks like water. These birds think they are landing on water and when they hit the payment, they take a big tumble.  Often, they are diso...

March 10, 2016

In Edgewood, near a beautiful wooded area rich with Douglas fir trees, I recently released a female Douglas’ Squirrel. She’d been successfully rehabilitated by South Sound Critter Care after being hit by a car, and was now ready to go home.

She dashed out of the carri...

January 30, 2016

Some time ago, we received a call from Ashley at the Auburn Pep Boys to let us know that an owl was caught on razor wire (that was also wrapped with barbed wire), next to their shop. Dozens of crows had been attacking it all day, but the owl put up a good fight, even t...

December 13, 2015

She was a young Northern Flicker, just a fledgling. (A fledgling is a baby bird that has recently left the nest.) Because she was so young and alone, we decided to pair her with another we’d received at about the same time. They roomed together and for a while acted li...

November 19, 2015

Life isn’t always just a bowl of cherries…sometimes it can be tragic. Our ER room is full of life and death but sometimes there are other new lives at stake as well. We have to choose who can live. In this case, it was a mama opossum that presented as basically brain d...

November 3, 2015

This is an Eastern Cottontail that was hit by a car and had a bad wound on his rear leg. With our veterinary and rehabilitative assistance, he not only survived but regained full use of the leg. 

He was released in August near the area where he was found. The int...

October 30, 2015

You’ve probably seen raccoons dunk their food in water and then roll it between their hands. Despite how it looks, they’re not washing it. In the wild, raccoons will forage in nooks and crannies of streams and rivers for aquatic prey like fish and crawfish. 

When in c...

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