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Be on the Lookout for Infected Band-tailed Pigeons

Band-tailed Pigeon

By Marcelle Bakula Reprinted from the Cambrian I am a volunteer at Pacific Wildlife Care along with many other Cambria residents. PWC is SLO County’s only licensed wildlife rehabilitation organization. There are two important things I wanted our community to be aware of at this time. First, there is an ongoing problem throughout California with…

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White Pelican

This is the first White Pelican the Center has seen. It is a protected bird in California, yet this did not stop someone from shooting it twice. A good Samaritan spotted the bird hitting a tree and falling to the ground, and called PWC to come get it. The shots were reported to California Department…

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Grebes

How do you tell the difference between a Clark’s Grebe and a Western Grebe? Well, pictured below, the Western grebe has a straight, yellow-green bill. Right around the eyes, the plumage is black. When they are young, their downy is grey. The Clark’s Grebe, below, has a bright yellow, slightly upturned beak. Right around the…

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Rosemary & David Slater

If you are ever crossing the parking lot of an Albertsons and you hear a voice asking “Have YOU heard of PWC,” it is most likely coming out of a very tiny person named Rosemary. She draws in the crowd and educates while David mans the booth, pulls out the handouts, and thanks the donators…

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Misty the Screech Owl

This is Misty. She is a full grown Western Screech Owl that came into the center in March after being hit by a car on Old Creek Rd. A very compassionate woman (named Misty) brought her in and still checks up on her to this day. After a visit to the vet, we learned that…

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Pelicans Matter!

An awesome message from Richard Grise on Friday, August 24th: TODAY AUG 24 @ 5pm something inspirational happened. With close supporters Craig & Kris, Alex and I released 3 Brown Pelicans and 2 Western Gull juveniles. WHO CARES: Well a MONTH ago two pelicans could have/should have been dead; entangled beyond movement and with significant…

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Building Flight 1

Before the large pools were brought in, the birds in flight 1 had a few baby pools. Then a generous trucking company decided to donate two large fiberglass tomato bins for the center to use as peli pools. So the construction began. We had to make a wooden support structure to hold the large bins…

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Volunteer Highlight: Kathleen

My name is Kathleen Dillon. I am a center volunteer and north county transporter, going on 2+ years. Recently retired from the corporate world, I’ve moved to a little house with my Henry & Junebug; we’re planning a new garden, fig & peach orchard… and hopefully a flight cage for home rehab! My motto..one step at a time, you can…

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The Great Horned Owl

This is a Great Horned Owl (with a seemingly disapproving look). One of our volunteers is holding this owl while one of our supervisors feeds it. It came in to the center on Friday after getting caught in barbed wire. This is something that happens more often than people realize. If you see an owl, or any…

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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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