Center Animal

Buddy the Red Tailed Hawk Ambassador

This is Buddy. He is a beautiful Red Tailed Hawk that came into the center when he was very young. When he came into the center, he was in very poor shape. Though we don’t know for sure what happened to Buddy, it is possible that he was hit by a car, or maybe even…

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Awesome Opossum

This little guy is an Opossum, though many just call them Possums. The biggest mistake that people often make is thinking that these are rodents. They are not! They are actually marsupials. One characteristic common to marsupials is that they carry their young in a pouch. Other marsupial pouch babies include kangaroos, koalas, wombats, and…

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Double Crested Cormorant

This double crested cormorant is swimming in one of the two large pools that we have at the center in what we call Flight 1. He came in from Morro Bay on July 1st as a wee youngin’. He had a large stick pierced through his wing, and was crawling with lice. After having the…

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Black-crowned Night Heron

On July 7th, a nestling Black-crowned Night Heron was brought into the clinic. He had a large wound on his head, likely caused by another bird. He was given an antibiotic, as well some pain medication to make him feel better. And better he felt! It took no time at all for his alertness and…

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Pelicans eat WHOLE fish…

Pelicans eat fish from the ocean. Small to medium sized fish. These fish are eaten whole, and they slide down the pelican’s throat easily. They are slimy and are meant to be digested whole. However, when pelicans get into the fish carcass disposal, or worse, are FED fish carcasses, the bones and spines of the…

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Is “Pelican Season” slowing down?

What’s up with all the Pelicans? An article in the Bay News and information from State Parks calls the occurrence “Transient Phenomenon”. With weather trends showing an “El Nino” effect there has not been enough bait fish to feed all those juveniles. Add the affect of humans providing a source of food from fishing, restaurants…

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Red Tailed Hawk

Our very own juvenile Red Tailed Hawk! This beautiful hawk was brought in to the center at the end of July. He was not standing, appeared to be in pain, and his pupils were dilated and he was unresponsive to light. All of these observations plus the location that the hawk was found led us…

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