800+ strong and growing! Members, donors, volunteers & staff working together to support the wildlife of San Luis Obispo County through rehabilitation and educational outreach.
Pacific Wildlife Care is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
What We Do
We treat nearly 3,000 wild animal patients every year, from over 200 different species. Our goal? To return healthy animals to the wild! We also provide educational presentations for local organizations and schools.
[Wildlife rehabilitation] "is a process of coming to know something quite unlike you, to understand it well enough not only to keep it alive but also to put it back, like a puzzle piece, into the gap in the world it left behind."
-- Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk
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Since the California condor population has officially reached over 450 individuals, we have decided to highlight some special condors that have exemplified what it has taken and what it has meant for that incredible accomplishment to have happened. Each month we're profiling a different condor and to kick things off we've decided to start with a condor to truly demonstrates what recovery means. Female condor #289 is officially our first Condor of the Month! Back in 2013 #289 was spotted on top of the Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge flight pen, where she suddenly had a seizure and fell off. Once it was determined that she was still alive, she was quickly trapped and taken down to the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens where she was diagnosed with severe lead toxicosis. Her mate and fledgling were missing in the wild, presumed to have died from lead poisoning, and #289 was most likely within a week of succumbing herself. The effects of the lead poisoning reduced #289 to half of her weight, and she took an entire year to recover, a recovery that was only possible thanks to a very talented and dedicated veterinary and keeper team. Her recovery was the longest recovery from lead toxicosis up to that point, but the following year she was released back into the wild. In 2015 and 2016, #289 attempted to nest but was unsuccessful each time. Her mate went missing in the wild in 2016, but it looks like she may have recently paired up with a male that has lost his last two mates as well. Hopefully 2018 will prove to be a successful year for both of them.
Freedom Friday! It was a great day for this juvenile Red-tailed Hawk. He was brought to our clinic after being hit by a car. After a few weeks of recovery and building his stamina and strength by creancing he was ready for release 🙂. Thanks to Sharon Blakely, one of our dedicated volunteers, for releasing this feisty hawk.
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All I can say is that I expect a flat fly to pop out of there any minute now
Great guesses! This is a Common Poorwill we have in our care. Poorwills are rarely seen by people. They are nocturnal and their feathers resemble tree bark providing perfect camouflage as they rest on branches or in leaf litter during the day. These birds, about the size of a robin, can "hibernate" by slowing their metabolisms and entering a state called torpor. This can happen for long periods of time in cold weather allowing them to survive without food.
This bird was accidentally hit with a weed whacker and suffered a shoulder wound and broken wing. He is doing well, his injuries are repaired and healed. Once his tail feathers grow back, he will be released.
A beautiful bird we occasionally see at the clinic from late fall until April is a Cedar Waxwing. These birds migrate here during the winter months and return to the northern states and Canada to breed in the spring/summer. Their primary diet is berries and occasionally insects. Cedar waxwings are sociable birds seen in large flocks in the tops of trees in wooded areas or along streams and even in our towns and neighborhoods. If you hear a long, high-pitched call, look up, and you may be rewarded with a sighting of these birds.
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They used to come and get "drunk" on the red berries in my yard in Morro Bay. A couple flew into the windows, but they were okay!
They brighten up our Nevada City yard.
Cedar Waxwings are such beautiful birds.
Beautiful birds! Last year this little guy flew into our window and was a little dazed and confused. I let him hang out on my finger until he was able to fly away so our cat wouldn't eat him. They love our mulberry tree!
They loved the red berries on our small tree/bush in Morro Bay.
I love to watch them as well with my binoculars from our deck. My neighbors didn't like their cars getting all messed up though. 🙂