Dear PWC Friends, While we all are looking forward to leaving 2020 behind, we at PWC want to express our deepest thanks for your support. Because of the donations we received in 2020, we were able to treat over 2,600 patients! Stay tuned for more information on other ways to support our mission:
January: Oak & Otter Brewery, SLO, fundraiser for PWC
Donate to: Native CA Wildlife Rehabilitation Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund
California Wildlife Day Campaign – March 21
As we forge ahead, let's make 2021 a year filled with new hopes and new goals.
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.
Freedom Friday for two geese! A Cackling Goose and a Brant are back in the wild after recovering at our clinic. The Cackling Goose was brought to us in November 2020 by the Harbor Patrol. The bird was emaciated, severely dehydrated and suffering from lead poisoning. She needed multiple medical treatments and long-term supportive care to regain her weight and strength. The Brant was at the clinic for more than 200 days recovering from a wing injury. The bird even required a special process called feather imping which attaches donor feathers onto the bird to replace broken primaries. This allows the bird to be released without waiting for it to molt its old feathers. Finally, fully recovered and eager to go, both birds were released in Morro Bay by Center Director Vann Masvidal. We wish these two happy days and lots of plants and grasses!
Squirrel?! Yep that’s right it’s National Squirrel Appreciation Day! Squirrels are often the under appreciated animals of the animal kingdom. They play an important role in our ecosystem by planting and storing huge numbers of nuts and seeds and because they plant more than they eat, many turn into trees. Squirrels are essentially nature’s little gardeners! When you see them out in the wild, please just enjoy their zany behaviors from afar but avoid the temptation of feeding them. They are wild animals and any feeding can alter their natural behavior and diet. Feeding squirrels can lead to their becoming dependent on handouts and even growing aggressive towards people. Too often, the foods offered are unhealthy and can lead to problems such as obesity and tooth decay. So while you admire their agility and astounding acrobatics, remember they are making significant contributions to the landscape and our environment. 🌎
I want to be a turkey vulture! Want to glide on the thermals, and I already know how to projectile vomit.
Jennifer Burke still your favorite bird?
When I was in college I volunteered at the Charles Paddock Zoo, essentially as a poop scooper lol. The turkey vultures quickly became one of my favorites, they would politely move out of the way for me to clean their enclosure (without a fuss like the rest of the birds I worked with), and loved to have their feet sprayed with the hose to cool off on hot days 🥰
I fell in love with the turkey vultures at the winery. They are incredibly entertaining. I always knew when it was hot outside because they'd all be in the lake looking like a bunch of very weird ducks!
And when it was cold, they'd sit on random fences, rocks or branches with their wings spread out catching as much warmth from the sun as they could.
I want to make this my new cover photo!😂
Thank goodness for TVs‼️
My small dogs wanted to chase one. No way José! That bird would make a snack out of you two!
"I eat botulism for breakfast."
You are awesome! I love Turkey vultures
I love watching them
This is my favorite.
They fly the current in my area. Its a wonderful view.
Freedom Friday! This Long-tailed Weasel came in after being mauled by a cat. He was brought to our clinic where his wounds were treated by our veterinarian and, after a course of antibiotics, it was clear by his behavior he was recovering. This short clip was taken while doing a quick drop off of food and shows how healthy and fiesty he is. One of the signs we look for in evaluating an animal for release is an appropriate fear of humans including an effort to flee or hide. This weasel was lucky to survive and was released back to the wild. Many cat-caught animals do not survive their injuries. We love our kitty friends but the best way to keep them and wildlife safe is to keep them indoors or at least in a catio space. They can live happy and healthy lives that way. Many of the wildlife injuries we treat are the result of predatory cat wounds. Help save wildlife and keep your cat safe... win-win!