Your votes are in, so… your Favorite Baby Mammal is… the Gray fox with 1,050 votes! We received a total of 1,925 votes for all these mammal creatures. Until Monday, the Long-tailed weasel and Gray fox were within favorite range of each other when a big number of votes solidified that beautiful and curious creature in the last few days.
As one of our wildlife friends said, I can’t pick one, they are all so cute! Here are your favorites in number of votes order—Gray fox, Long-tailed Weasel, Opossum, Striped Skunk & Raccoon (tied), Western gray squirrel, and Brush rabbit. Thank you all for your fun-loving, generosity!!
More Ways to Support PWC
We’re participating in the Target Circle program! You can vote for us and help direct Target’s giving to benefit our nonprofit. For full program details and restrictions visit www.target.com/circle.
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.
Good intentions can harm and even kill. Please contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator immediately for orphaned or injured wildlife. Even holding on to an animal for just a day or two can cause irreversible damage and hinder a potential successful release. Thank you!
Looking for something to do today? Maybe it's time to clean your bird feeder!
Feeding wild birds is a popular hobby, but it can be extremely dangerous if not done properly. Mycoplasmosis is a common “feeder disease” we see in House Finches (like this patient) and American Goldfinches, but it is certainly not the only disease spread through dirty feeders. Poxvirus, trichomoniasis, mycotoxin exposure, and even zoonotic diseases like salmonellosis are commonly spread by poorly-maintained feeding stations.
If you choose to feed wild birds, which can be a very enjoyable way to appreciate wildlife, please feed responsibly. Feeders (and water sources like bird baths) should be cleaned every week or two by being fully emptied, washed with soap/warm water or run through a dishwasher, disinfected with a solution that will kill these viruses and bacteria (we recommend 10% bleach), and fully rinsed and dried before re-filling. Fallen seed below the feeder should also be cleaned up regularly. When buying a new feeder, pay close attention to how easily the feeder can be taken down and disassembled and whether or not it is made of an easily disinfected, non-porous material.
Feeding wild birds is done for HUMAN enjoyment – the birds do not require this supplemental food. Please make sure that you are not causing harm with your hobby.
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It’s still baby season! Which means you might have animals using areas of your property for dens to raise their young. Do not trap wildlife! You may accidentally be separating parents from their young. If you can hold off from evicting your new neighbors until the young are out on their own, then great! The family will move on once the young are old enough. If not, call the Pacific Wildlife Care Hotline or your local wildlife rehabilitator for advice on dealing with wildlife.
These three young Great Horned Owls are recovering in one of our flights from various injuries. They are all doing great, gaining weight, and learning the skills necessary to be released back to the wild. Great Horned Owls have silent flight thanks to specialized feathers. The feathers on their wings are serrated on the leading edge helping to disrupt airflow. This allows them to not only be able to sneak up on their favorite prey items like rodents but also gives them the ability to hear their prey and strike accurately. You can help owls like this by making sure you aren't using rodenticide poisons and encouraging businesses that use these bait boxes with poisons to find other ways. Check out raptorsarethesolution.org to find out more.
We are honored and excited to announce that we have been chosen to participate in a special charitable giving campaign, sponsored and funded by Target. And you have the chance to help direct a portion of Target’s donation to us!
Now through September 30, vote for us through the Target Circle program to help determine how Target’s donation will be divvied up. Find out more about Target Circle here: www.target.com/circle
We’re asking our supporters to help us make the most of this incredible opportunity. Every vote counts to help us receive a portion of the available Target funds as we continue our mission to support San Luis Obispo County wildlife through rehabilitation and educational outreach.
Don’t forget, as you earn more votes, you can keep voting multiple times during the campaign!
Thank you for your support, and we encourage you to share your support for us (and your thanks to Target) on social media throughout the duration of the voting!