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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Freedom Friday! This Red-tailed Hawk is back in the wild after coming into the clinic with one of her wings wrapped in fishing line. The line was carefully removed and she received anti-inflammatory and pain medication. After some rest days, she was creanced on a light line to make sure her flight mechanics were not impaired and to build up her strength. We wish her a long life and many rodent meals!

#redtailedhawk #homesweethome #freedomfriday #wildliferescue
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Freedom Friday! This Red-tailed Hawk is back in the wild after coming into the clinic with one of her wings wrapped in fishing line. The line was carefully removed and she received anti-inflammatory and pain medication. After some rest days, she was creanced on a light line to make sure her flight mechanics were not impaired and to build up her strength. We wish her a long life and many rodent meals! 

#redtailedhawk #homesweethome #freedomfriday #wildliferescue

 

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I work with a red tail that wasn’t releasable 😞 such beautiful birds!

Awesome picture! Beautiful bird ♡

Thank you for what you do!! 💙

awesome dedication!

You rock!

Thank you!

Thanks for caring for her.

What a gorgeous hawk!! ♥️

I swear , they got better care than we do , especially if pain is involved! So happy for freedom!

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Don’t forget, tomorrow you can meet our raptors! We hope to see you there 🙂. ... See MoreSee Less

Don’t forget, tomorrow you can meet our raptors! We hope to see you there 🙂.

QUIZ TIME!
You are walking on the beach and you see this bird on the shore. He appears calm and his eyes are open and he is looking around. What should you do?
A) Give him plenty of space and continue your walk.
B ) He doesn't appear stressed, so get as close as possible to take a picture and maybe even a selfie.
C) Keep people and pets away and call a wildlife rehabilitation center because something is wrong if he is out of the water.
D) Put him back in the water because you know that's where he should be.
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QUIZ TIME! 
You are walking on the beach and you see this bird on the shore. He appears calm and his eyes are open and he is looking around. What should you do?
A) Give him plenty of space and continue your walk. 
B ) He doesnt appear stressed, so get as close as possible to take a picture and maybe even a selfie. 
C) Keep people and pets away and call a wildlife rehabilitation center because something is wrong if he is out of the water. 
D) Put him back in the water because you know thats where he should be.

 

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The correct answer is C! Thanks to everyone who participated. Unfortunately, we have seen people do all the other answers as well. Grebes spend their lives in water and cannot take flight from land. They are like little submarines with feet in the back and they look very awkward if they try to walk on land. They beach themselves when they are sick, injured, or oiled so putting them back in the water will only further exhaust them. The bird's best chance of survival is to come into a wildlife rehabilitation center to be examined.

Is there an option E? Gently wrap him/her in a towel or sweatshirt taking care to cover the head, put him in a box or vented container and take him to nearest rehab center. (of course making sure the car is warm and no music or loud talking to scare it.) ANd call rehab center before you arrive to let them know what you have and when you will arrive. I don't know how many times we got called out for a stranded grebe and when we got to the beach no sign anywhere of bird or reporter.

Call wildlife rehabbed ... these birds can’t survive on land

Call wildlife support. Grebes shouldn't be on land

C! Do not attempt rescue yourself!! Those beaks can poke your eye out!!!

C. A seabird shouldn’t be sitting on shore like that.

Loons and Grebes have their legs positioned near their posterior which means they are meant for a life on the water only. When a bird like this is on a beach it is in trouble. It has either been blown inland from a storm or it is ill. Birds with legs positioned at the rear cannot take off from land. Leaving this bird is a death sentence. Please keep your local wildlife rehabilitation clinic phone number handy at all times.

C because his lil foot looks weird

C......for sure!

This bird is stranded and needs the assistance of proffessional wildlife rehabilitators. Call them and stay with the bird until they arrive!

C for sure. This is a bird that should not be on land like that.

E: pick him up and hug him and take him home for bedtime stories!!?🤣

#C

Excellent quiz PWC-great way to connect the public to wildlife education!

Love ALL THAT HELPS ❤❤❤😙😙😙😙😙😙😙

It’s ‘C’ because this seabird is injured!

C and wait nearby

C......He is hurt

C

A

Yes, call rehab. Glad to see so many correct responses here!

Cccccccccccccccccc

C. Grebes shouldn't be on the beach.

C definitely C

Make that call and protect it's space

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This adult male Surf Scoter was found on the beach covered in oil. He was carefully washed and this picture shows him recovering in one of our small hospital pools. Surf Scoters are a large sea duck that winter here. The adult males have black feathering with a brightly colored reddish-orange beak, whereas the females have brown feathering and a brown black beak. Surf scoters are abundant right now especially off our north coast. You can see them in groups right in the surf line seemingly oblivious to the heavy waves crashing over them. This male made a great recovery and was released back to Morro Bay.

#surfscoter #seabird #wildliferescue #oiledwildlife #wildliferelease
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This adult male Surf Scoter was found on the beach covered in oil. He was carefully washed and this picture shows him recovering in one of our small hospital pools. Surf Scoters are a large sea duck that winter here. The adult males have black feathering with a brightly colored reddish-orange beak, whereas the females have brown feathering and a brown black beak. Surf scoters are abundant right now especially off our north coast. You can see them in groups right in the surf line seemingly oblivious to the heavy waves crashing over them. This male made a great recovery and was released back to Morro Bay. 

#surfscoter #seabird #wildliferescue #oiledwildlife #wildliferelease

 

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The oil comes from natural seeps from the ocean floor that get stirred to the surface during storms. This is the reason why we see so many oiled birds in fall and winter.

Another magnificent animal saved by PWC!

Where would that much oil be coming from?

Learned something new....thank you!!!

Scoters are my favorite!!! 💖💖💖

Hope They find the spill.... Duck is ok;)Xx and trying to tell Us something !

So pretty? Oil that isn't good hope he will be ok. Thank you for your care.

Seems like he is sitting a little low in the water...could be the angle.

Lynn Kirkwood

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The wildlife selfie— people will often try to get as close as possible to wildlife and their first impulse is to take a selfie. Many times, this animal may be sick or injured and is too weak or scared to fight or run away. If you find sick, injured, or orphaned wildlife please contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Unnecessary handling and taking pictures or selfies with the animal will only cause undo stress when it is already compromised and fighting for its life. If the animal does not appear sick or injured, please respect them and give them the space they need.

#wildlife #selfies #DoTheRightThing #pacificwildlifecare #wildliferescue
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The wildlife selfie— people will often try to get as close as possible to wildlife and their first impulse is to take a selfie. Many times, this animal may be sick or injured and is too weak or scared to fight or run away. If you find sick, injured, or orphaned wildlife please contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Unnecessary handling and taking pictures or selfies with the animal will only cause undo stress when it is already compromised and fighting for its life. If the animal does not appear sick or injured, please respect them and give them the space they need. 
 
#wildlife #selfies #DoTheRightThing #pacificwildlifecare #wildliferescue

 

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Love this

My folks visited Yellowstone in the 1950s and my mother told me about seeing idiots tempt a bear close with a candy bar, put it in their pocket and try to put a child on the bear's back for a photo. Stupid hasn't changed in 70 years

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