Entries by protectanimals

Justice Served

By Denys Hemen, Hospital Manager At CWC we have received 36 patients so far this year that have been shot by a pellet, BB, or shotgun. Last year we received 51. In all of these cases the perpetrator was never known and most of the patients had to be euthanized. The animals were found by […]

Orphan Care Unit 2017 Wrap Up

By Jennifer Guess, Senior Wildlife Technician November marks the end of baby season at California Wildlife Center (CWC).  It was another year full of energetic squirrels, curious crows, grumpy mockingbirds, and aggressive woodpeckers.  This year we had quite a busy season.  CWC took in over 275 Eastern Fox Squirrels and over 85 Virginia Opossums between […]

Looking Forward to the 2018 Marine Mammal Stranding Season – What can we expect?

By Heather Henderson, Marine Stranding Coordinator California Wildlife Center responds to reports of stranded marine mammals 365 days a year.  Due to birthing cycles and species-specific behaviors, there is a certain predictability to the stranding pattern. We use this pattern to approximate supply and personnel needs.   Pinnipeds, such as seals and sea lions, are the […]

Exercising Raptors Back to Health

By Jennifer Guess, Senior Wildlife Technician Here at California Wildlife Center (CWC) we see a lot of raptors with severe injuries that require many weeks even months of rehabilitation. The raptor family includes all types of hawks and owls. As the birds heal inside the ICU they do not get the daily exercise they would receive […]

Crow Feather Imping

By Alyssa Schlange, Volunteer and Outreach Manager American Crow number 1476, came to us on May 13th of this year as an orphan with terrible feather quality, suggesting malnutrition due to abandonment. After three weeks of consistent care and steady weight gain the crow was still not able to fly. Dr. Duane Tom, Director of […]

Marine Mammal Season Wrap Up

By Michael Remski, Marine Program Manager Each winter, as we prepare for the upcoming marine mammal stranding season, it is impossible to accurately predict what the season will bring.  You plan for the worst, hope for the best, and try not to act surprised when things get crazy.  2017 brought us anomalies on all fronts. […]

Being an Intern at CWC

By Luis Vasquez, Seasonal Animal Care Intern If you are blessed with the time and opportunity and have a little voice inside questioning whether you should intern at CWC or not, DO IT. It is incredible how much you will take away. I interned at CWC for 10 weeks this summer and it was wonderful […]

West Nile Virus in CWC’s American Patients

By Melissa Hartman, Administrative Assistant Of all the American Crow patients we see, 15% carry the disease. In 2016, California Wildlife Center admitted 238 local American crows for a variety of reasons—chicks apparently abandoned by their parents, fledglings fallen out of a nest too high to allow them to be replaced, adults suffering from broken […]

Garbage Impacts All Kinds of Animals

By Heather Patrice Brown, Development Coordinator In April, California Wildlife Center was surprised to receive a skunk with a plastic cup stuck over his head.  Volunteer Jaana Shellock first noticed the skunk and with guidance from CWC staff, was able to capture it.  CWC supporter Rick Gunderson was kind enough to drive it to CWC […]