We Love OurPatrons!
“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” ––Aesop
A bouquet of thank yous to the following individuals who have given so generously to SWRA since the publication of our winter newsletter: Diana Bowen, Hilary & Susan Browning, Rich & Judy Brunkal, David Burkhart, Denise Cedar, Bill & Betty Cozby, ETL Properties, Kathy & Bill Fox, Diana Gardener, Reid Hanson, James & Gudrun Hoobler, LifeSource Natural Foods, Joan Nelson, Mary Narey, Ann & Duane Romig, Melanie Smith, Darcy Toronto & Family, Kate Van Ummerson, Dr. Keith White, and Jan & Larry Williamson.
Congratulations to Sherri Anteau-Fox, who has passed the exam for her avian rehabilitator license. Sherri says she plans to study for the mammal license, as well.
Our “Store” is working out very well for the rehabilitators. Located in the storage room of a private home, the store contains supplies used by our rehabbers for the care of wildlife. Stocking these supplies ahead of time means that our hardworking volunteers don’t have to spend hours shopping for the nutritional, medical, and in-care supplies they use in the busy season. Some of the items available to them are: Pedialyte, Nutrical, syringes, vet wrap, and paper towels. We are most grateful to the Kinsman Foundation for the grant that enabled us to purchase the supplies in time for spring and summer!
We truly appreciate ALL OF YOU who have already renewed your membership. For those who haven’t, please take a moment to write out your membership renewal check. Individuals renew at $10; families at $15. Just use the coupon you can print HERE Thank you!!
Making Hummers Happy
If you’re feeding hummingbirds this season, please use the nectar recipe below. It was given to us by Pacific Northwest hummer expert Abby Crouch.
Hummingbird Nectar Solution
The proper ratio is always one part sugar to four parts water. Boil the water for two minutes to release the chlorine. Turn off the burner and mix in the sugar. Stir well. Do NOT continue to boil the water while mixing in the sugar as that will decrease the water ratio and make the nectar too sweet. Cool the solution to room temperature before putting it in the feeders. If you refrigerate some of the nectar, microwave it just to take the chill off before refilling the feeder. NEVER use a more concentrated sugar solution than one part sugar to four parts water. If hummingbirds are given too sweet a solution, it can cause liver damage. NEVER use red food coloring or any mix that has red dye in it that turns the sugar water red. Hummingbirds’ favorite flowers are red, but the nectar is not; it is clear. The red dye in pre-mixed food causes the birds to have red urine and is totally unnecessary. The red plastic of the feeder is ALL you need to get their attention. Once they learn the location of a feeder, they’ll return! Use ant moats if ants are a problem. Use SMALL feeders because you must change the nectar every day in the heat of the summer and every two to three days in the winter. Sugar water begins to ferment and mold at 56-57 degrees and moldy sugar water can kill hummingbirds. Watch for dark spots on the inside of the feeder, indicating the onset of mold. Cleanliness is essential. Clean feeders with a stiff brush, Q-tip and toothbrush. Avoid the use of harsh detergents and RINSE WELL!!
Who Do You Call?
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.