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
Register to attend a volunteer opportunities orientation (VOO) and start making a difference in the well being of our local wildlife. Check out our event calendar for the next VOO.
These young Great Horned Owls have now matured enough to be in one of our largest flights to perfect their hunting and flying abilities. Once they have mastered these essential survival skills, they will be released to resume their lives in the wild.
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Happy Independence Day! 🇺🇸🦅 Pictured is a wild Bald Eagle perched on a tree limb off of Old Creek Road in Cayucos. A Bald Eagle's diet largely consists of fish so this bird likely hunts at the nearby Whale Rock Reservoir.
Photo credit: Jeanette Stone
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Barn Owl boxes are a great way to observe wildlife and control rodents on your property. It is important that the box be properly made, located appropriately and that rodenticides are not used where the owls will be hunting. Barn Owls raising a family will eat almost 4,000 rodents in a year. Recently, Pacific Wildlife Care has had nestling and fledgling Barn Owls brought to us having abandoned their boxes too early because of the accumulation of dirt, debris and food. This baby was not only filthy requiring a bath, but had also developed skin infections from the contaminated matter in the box. It is important to clean out owl boxes annually once all the young have fledged which usually means in early fall. Using a brush or cloth while wearing a dust mask and gloves, remove all the debris in the box. That will leave a safe, clean box for these graceful, ghostly inhabitants to start their next family.
Love my barn owls and their ability to keep my yard and neighbors yards rodents under control. They are also so interesting to listen to as they raise their families.
There are plans online for building the boxes. (Or already made-about $60 on Amazon) Boxes are usually placed in areas to attract owls, but I'll bet there are already plenty there at Bee Rock. Starlings also like the boxes! Once the rodent population is down, they will move on to more abundant areas. Plugging up rodent access to the cabin is probably your best bet.
We love ours too! These are 2 of our 5 fledglings. Love 💕
I live next to a green belt with a lot of wildlife living in it. And I can hear them whimpering when there are fireworks. I hate it. I wish we loved animals to give up bang bang boom boom.
I use ground spinners and the like, no big noise nor airborne ... Pretty soft stuff. The smoke is more of an issue than noise