We Love OurPatrons!
“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.”
We’d like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the following donors who have joined SWRA, or contributed above and beyond the membership dues, since the publication of our spring newsletter. We truly appreciate: Jill & Chuck Adams, Lynda Boyer, Anastasia Brown, David Burkhart (what would we do without you, David?), Holly Cooper, Diane Elder, June Emerson, Kathleen Hill, Barbara Hosier, Peggy Malloy, Patrick Markee, John & Louise Michels, Joan Nelson, Jess & Amy Palacios, Hilary & Maurice Russell, Sharon Safina, Darwin & Amanda Sandow, Pat Savory, Janice Sloan, Kate VanUmmerson, Mark Walker and Pamela Wood.
We were very sorry to hear of Ted Richings’ death earlier this year. Ted was a longtime supporter of both Salem Audubon Society and SWRA. He cared greatly about preserving and protecting wildlife and wildlife habitat, and we’ll miss his wonderful sense of humor, dedication, and support.
Congratulations to Susie Hardin for passing her mammal rehabilitator licensing exam. She is now a fully qualified Bird and Mammal Rehabilitator, and a better advocate wildlife never had.
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!!Keep This Information Handy!!
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.
At The End Of Summer, Give Your Garden To Wildlife
Leave your garden standing. While it decomposes, it will provide cover and food for many types of birds and mammals. As summer winds down, let your lettuce and spinach plants go to seed. Do the same with annual flowers like cosmos. Birds adore the seeds! Share ears of corn, squash, and beans by leaving plants intact through autumn. Leave your sunflowers for the birds to harvest. Don’t pick your fruit trees clean. Leave some of the fruit on the trees and ground for wintering, fruit-eating birds. The fruit you leave on the ground will fill up with worms, which birds relish! And as it rots, it will fertilize your ground. Nestboxes should be cleaned out at summer’s end. Leave a box or two out over winter as birds will roost inside during bad weather. For roosting, place some dry straw or grass in the box. Do not use sawdust. Remove roosting materials in the spring before nesting season. Note: if field mice nest in the boxes over winter, make sure you wear a mask and gloves while cleaning the nesting debris out of the box. Spray the box with a solution of one part bleach to 5 parts water and rinse well!! Litter’s okay as long as it’s leaves! Leaf litter is a rich source of mulch that you can easily rake under bushes and trees or on top of flower and garden beds. The rotting leaves attract worms and hibernating bugs, which foraging birds will happily consume. Don’t burn that brush pile! Birds and mammals will use it for cover during bad weather and to escape predators. Get a head start on those backyard naturescaping projects by checking with local nurseries for native trees, shrubs, and flowers that can be planted in the autumn.
Though nothing can bring back the hour Of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower; We will grieve not, rather find Strength in what remains behind.
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