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“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.”
SWRA welcomes new members Barbara Hosier and Pat Savory and thanks them for donating kennels to our rehabilitators. Kudos to Trina Brown for compiling a bird identification packet for our Helpline volunteers.
Our September fundraiser rummage sale was a grand success. We raised $452, which will be used to send four people to the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council’s Basic Skills Class. SWRA thanks sale volunteers Mary Bliss, Joni, Melissa, Michael & Stephanie Brewer, Trina Brown, Karen Costa, Brian Hardin, & Charlien Tice. We also thank the donors: Mary Bliss, Joni Brewer, Trina Brown, Karen Costa, Tari Edmonds, Michelle Hands, Maggie Meikle, Mary Sterling, and Christine Volpa.
We send warmest get well wishes to volunteer Jan Williamson as she recovers from surgery.
We will be hosting a table at a holiday craft fair, to be held in the conference room of the Acordia/Wells Fargo Bldg. at the corner of Madrona Avenue and Industrial Drive on Saturday, November 6th, 8 AM to 6 PM. Come say hello and buy something. Your purchase supports wildlife! Speaking of fundraisers, our wonderful new SWRA t-shirts are available in medium, large, x-large and xx-large for only $12. Buy one at our monthly meeting or call Trina Brown at 503-371-0966 or stop by Wild Birds Unlimited at 1210 Commercial SE.
Did you know? The word, hawk, is from an old English word meaning “to seize.”
Our MEMBERSHIP MEETING is held on the first Thursday of each month, 5:30 PM, in the first floor conference room of the Acordia/Wells Fargo Bldg. at the corner of Madrona Avenue and Industrial Drive. Drive to the back of the building, and WE’LL be there to greet YOU!
Wildlife Rehab News
“All the arguments to prove man’s superiority cannot shatter this hard fact: in suffering, the animals are our equals.” ––Peter Singer
No Name Crow
Crow Rehabilitator Mary Sterling has a new challenge. She recently received a crow that has been in captivity (ILLEGALLY) for five years. The crow was kept in the living room of a family home and is in surprisingly good shape, though it cannot fly and has one eye smaller than the other. Aggressive behavior finally drove the family to search for another living situation for the bird. The family cared for the crow as well as they knew how and were shocked to discover that it is illegal to keep a crow in captivity! Mary has another crow in treatment, and the two birds are beginning to interact. Crows require extensive socialization with their own kind in order to learn survival skills and to learn to be a… crow! Mary was amazed that the family had not named the bird, since crows are easily tamed and very friendly and humans do like naming their pets. The bird is beginning to stretch his wings and take short hops into the air. Mary has high hopes for his eventual release into the wild. Meanwhile, ‘No Name Crow’ will spend as little time as possible with Mary as she strives to “wild him up.”
Rehabilitator Tari Edmonds is currently caring for a Virginia Rail. The bird was caught in some sort of trap and both legs were broken. Tari splinted the legs and the rail is making an excellent recovery. Tari is also caring for a Cedar Waxwing, two Goldfinches, a young Golden-crowned Sparrow, and a Spotted Towhee– all with injuries that are slowly mending.
We truly value and appreciate our Helpline volunteers: Diana Bowen, Joni Brewer, Trina Brown, Judy Brunkal, Cyndi Leech, Brenda Elvin, Lisa Martinmaas & Jeanie Sloan.
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If you find an animal needing assistance, please contact the WILDLIFE HELPLINE, 503-856-8242. HELPLINE volunteers will triage your call and refer you to the appropriate rehabilitator if the situation requires in-care treatment. Many situations can be resolved through triage. By law, SWRA can only treat and release native wildlife. However, we will help you find humane solutions for non-native animals in distress.