Hotline: 805-543-9453 (WILD)

Who We Are

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.

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Why It Matters

[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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PWC - In the News!

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Freedom Friday! This Pelagic Cormorant was found on the beach weak and thin. He was brought to our center where he received fluids and supportive care. After some time recovering and gaining weight, he was ready for release back to his home in Morro Bay. We wish him many more years of freedom and fish meals. Thank you to two of our fabulous volunteers, Becky Price for the video and to Joel Germond for releasing this bird.

#wildlife #pelagicormorant #cormorant #morrobay #freedomfriday #wildliferelease #homesweethome
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Go, buddy, go!

Thank you!

Hooray, another successful rehab by a great group!

Guess the animal! What animal do you think this is? 🙂

*We will give out the answer on Friday in the comments section.

#whatisit #guesstheanimal #wildlife
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Guess the animal! What animal do you think this is? 🙂 

*We will give out the answer on Friday in the comments section. 

#whatisit #guesstheanimal #wildlife

 

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Red Tail Hawk ❤️

Red tailed hawk

So far I'm 0 for 2..but I'm going out on limb with Red Tailed Hawk.

I love these "guess the animal" posts!

Red tailed hawk

Easy! RT

Red Tailed Hawk

Easy peasy

Too easy. Lol! Red tailed hawk.

Red tail hawk❤️

Clearly red-tail hawk

RTH Butt

Elizabeth Warren?

Yes a Red Tail Hawk

turkey.

Red tailed hawk!

Mature RTHA with the bars mostly gone from the tail feathers.

Red tailed hawk

red tailed hawk

RTHA

Red tail hawk

Red tail hawk

Adult red-tailed hawk

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A bird that is common in our area but rarely seen... a Virginia Rail! These birds live in marsh areas and are very secretive. They feed on insects and small crustaceans. This bird was found in a gutter and brought to our clinic. No injuries were found and after a few days of rest and food, he was ready for release in a much more suitable area 🙂.

#wildlife #virginiarail #wildliferehab
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A bird that is common in our area but rarely seen... a Virginia Rail! These birds live in marsh areas and are very secretive. They feed on insects and small crustaceans. This bird was found in a gutter and brought to our clinic. No injuries were found and after a few days of rest and food, he was ready for release in a much more suitable area 🙂. 

#wildlife #virginiarail #wildliferehab

 

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Gotta love those feet and bill ...

Wildlife photography in our area by Jeanette Stone. This one was taken at the marina boardwalk in Morro Bay. We like to call this photo “The Uninvited Guest.” Pictured are four Snowy Egrets and, an unusual visitor to our central coast, a Reddish Egret. ... See MoreSee Less

Wildlife photography in our area by Jeanette Stone. This one was taken at the marina boardwalk in Morro Bay. We like to call this photo “The Uninvited Guest.” Pictured are four Snowy Egrets and, an unusual visitor to our central coast, a Reddish Egret.

 

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Odd man out

Outstanding shot Jeannette!

Fabulous.

Great photo!

Nice capture, Jeanette! Not sure how much longer those Reds will be around.

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1 week ago

Pacific Wildlife Care

CALIFORNIA GULLS SHOT WITH METAL DARTS IN OCEANO

Injured birds receiving treatment at Pacific Wildlife Care
Morro Bay, California: October 10, 2018

Between September 11th and October 10th 2018, Pacific Wildlife Care (PWC) has received several California Gulls from the Ocean Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (ODSVRA) with injuries resulting from being shot with sharp metal darts. These birds, native to western North America, are protected by both federal and state law. ODSVRA personnel report there may be additional injured birds in the area that have not yet been collected for treatment. The birds who have received treatment at PWC have responded well, one of whom has already fully recovered and was released. PWC’s Staff Veterinarian, Dr. Shannon Riggs, reports, “So far, the injured birds received have been lucky in that the injuries they have sustained have not been life-threatening. However, if any of these darts had been just a few millimeters in a different direction, the injuries could have been much more serious and could have resulted in a bird that would not be treatable.”

The darts removed from the birds are approximately 4 ½ inches in length and have a round, colored plastic vane. Our research indicates that these darts may be blowgun darts intended for target practice. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking any information regarding who may be responsible for this crime. Any birds injured by darts remaining in the wild need to be brought to PWC’s wildlife hospital for rehabilitation as soon as possible.

UPDATE: As of this weekend, we received one gull with a dart through his head and eye. The bird was suffering and had no chance of recovery. He was humanely euthanized. The warden has seen at least 4 more birds with darts in them on the beach that still need to be captured.

Pacific Wildlife Care is a 501c(3) non-profit organization and the only wildlife rehabilitation program licensed to rehabilitate birds, mammals, and reptiles in all of San Luis Obispo County. Established in 1986, PWC provides care for nearly 3,000 injured, orphaned or ill wild animals each year.

If you encounter birds with darts or would like more information on wildlife rehabilitation please contact Pacific Wildlife Care at 805-543-WILD (9453). If you have any information on the illegal darting of birds please contact The California Department of Fish and Wildlife by calling 1-888-334-CalTIP (2258) (CDFW’s 24 hr, confidential secret witness program).
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CALIFORNIA GULLS SHOT WITH METAL DARTS IN OCEANO

Injured birds receiving treatment at Pacific Wildlife Care
Morro Bay, California: October 10, 2018

Between September 11th and October 10th 2018, Pacific Wildlife Care (PWC) has received several California Gulls from the Ocean Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (ODSVRA) with injuries resulting from being shot with sharp metal darts. These birds, native to western North America, are protected by both federal and state law. ODSVRA personnel report there may be additional injured birds in the area that have not yet been collected for treatment. The birds who have received treatment at PWC have responded well, one of whom has already fully recovered and was released. PWC’s Staff Veterinarian, Dr. Shannon Riggs, reports, “So far, the injured birds received have been lucky in that the injuries they have sustained have not been life-threatening.  However, if any of these darts had been just a few millimeters in a different direction, the injuries could have been much more serious and could have resulted in a bird that would not be treatable.”

The darts removed from the birds are approximately 4 ½ inches in length and have a round, colored plastic vane. Our research indicates that these darts may be blowgun darts intended for target practice.  The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking any information regarding who may be responsible for this crime. Any birds injured by darts remaining in the wild need to be brought to PWC’s wildlife hospital for rehabilitation as soon as possible.

UPDATE: As of this weekend, we received one gull with a dart through his head and eye. The bird was suffering and had no chance of recovery. He was humanely euthanized. The warden has seen at least 4 more birds with darts in them on the beach that still need to be captured. 

Pacific Wildlife Care is a 501c(3) non-profit organization and the only wildlife rehabilitation program licensed to rehabilitate birds, mammals, and reptiles in all of San Luis Obispo County.  Established in 1986, PWC provides care for nearly 3,000 injured, orphaned or ill wild animals each year. 

If you encounter birds with darts or would like more information on wildlife rehabilitation please contact Pacific Wildlife Care at 805-543-WILD (9453). If you have any information on the illegal darting of birds please contact The California Department of Fish and Wildlife by calling 1-888-334-CalTIP (2258) (CDFW’s 24 hr, confidential secret witness program).Image attachment

 

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I hope the demons doing this are soon found and prosecuted! What an evil thing to do!

Disgusting excuses for human beings that would do this. We've had it happen here in Sacramento too.

People are sick! 😡

This makes me so angry. I hate that "state park" because all people do there is disrespect wildlife and nature, ripping up a sensitive environment to have "fun."

if I caught someone doing this I'd probably end up in jail for what I'd do to that person

Can you install camera's on polls?

I'm so pissed

human debris

That hurts. Where is the love?

Thank you Pacific Wildlife Care

what kind of ass monkey does this?

I can’t stand any kind of cruelty to animals. I hope whoever is doing this gets caught and prosecuted! No excuse for this!

Humans are degenerating before our eyes!

That is so awful!!

Birds have been a Target Forever ...

That’s awful

Such cruel animals some of us are. Makes me sick.

Omg the poor birds.

What is the matter with people??? 😠

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