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This beautiful Short-eared Owl was a former patient at South Sound Critter Care. Photo by Curt Pliler.

This beautiful Short-eared Owl was a former patient at South Sound Critter Care. Photo by Curt Pliler.


If you’re a nature and wildife lover living in the Seattle area, I have to tell you about a can’t-miss event coming up on April 24th: the 4th annual Wild in Washington Wildlife Benefit Auction! This year, the auction is being held in Renton, Washington, and all proceeds will support the rehabilitation and release of injured and orphaned wildlife at South Sound Critter Care.

South Sound Critter Care is a wildlife rehabilitation center in Kent, Washington, where I’ve been volunteering since July of last year. While volunteering at a wildlife center can be hard work, I’ve learned it’s always rewarding. The best part, really, is knowing we’re helping animals who can’t help themselves, and providing a service for the caring people who bring them to us.

"Fancy" is South Sound Critter Care's education crow. Having been raised by the public, she was turned in to SSCC when she got loose. Fancy now visits school functions and other public events. In the photo above, she's taking in the sights and sounds at SSCC's volunteer appreciation event last January.

"Fancy" is South Sound Critter Care's education crow. Having been raised by the public, she was turned in to SSCC when she got loose. Fancy now visits school functions and other public events. In the photo above, she's taking in the sights and sounds at SSCC's volunteer appreciation event last January.

Wildlife rehabilitation centers are not-for-profits that rely on outside sources to continue caring for the animals that need help. The Wild in Washington auction is a big part of that funding for SSCC, and we really hope you’ll join us. It promises to be a fun afternoon complete with the live auction, silent auction, a delicious catered lunch (covered by the price of your ticket), and an all-around good time. If you’re in the Seattle area, or will be on Sunday, April 24, please come and help support what we’re doing for wildlife.

(On a personal note, I’d love for as many of you to come to the auction as possible because I’d love the chance to meet you and put faces to names! If you do purchase tickets for the auction, please let me know so I can be on the lookout for you.)

We have so many fun things that will be up for auction, ranging from wildlife artwork to themed baskets (Pilates membership and goodies, for example), to a getaway at Lake Cushman, to concert tickets. Yes…concert tickets. We’re talking Billy Joel…Earth, Wind, and Fire…Steve Miller Band…and ADELE. I happen to know the tickets to see Adele are for a couple of really good seats. As in, you just might make eye contact.

For more details, to see what’s up for auction (ahem…those two tickets to Adele’s sold out show…), and to purchase your tickets, click on this link: Wild in Washington Wildlife Benefit Auction.

Please consider this your personal invitation. I’m looking forward to meeting you there!


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Nestling Barn Owls, almost ready to fledge: Just one of the many bird species received at wildlife clinics every year. Photo: chdwckvnstrsslhm, Wikipedia

Nestling Barn Owls, almost ready to fledge: Just one of the many bird species received at wildlife clinics every year. Photo: chdwckvnstrsslhm, Wikipedia

Ah, summer: a few short months full of camping, swimming, barbecues, family vacations, and baby wildlife. Wait…baby wildlife? Yes, and plenty of it.

Summer is usually the busiest season for wildlife rehabilitators because of orphaned — or thought to be orphaned — birds and other wild animals. Rehabbers take in many baby birds, squirrels, raccoons, deer, and more at this time of the year.

If you found an injured or orphaned bird or mammal, would you know what to do with it or who to take it to? Because wildlife rehabilitators can be difficult to find online, and because time is of the essence when dealing with nestlings, orphans, or injured critters, I’ve created a convenient resource for you that lists many of these wonderful people and organizations in one place.

To cover as wide an area of the Pacific Northwest as possible, the rehabilitation clinics and individuals listed cover Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Western Montana, and Northern California. I hope to cover more of Montana and California soon, and even include other western states.

Check out these listings by clicking the tab for injured wildlife above or going here: Injured or Orphaned Wildlife? or by going directly to the page for each area (the tab above also features a drop-down menu featuring each of these):

Alaska Wildlife Rehabilitators

British Columbia Wildlife Rehabilitators

Idaho Wildlife Rehabilitators

Northern California Wildlife Rehabilitators

Oregon Wildlife Rehabilitators

Washington Wildlife Rehabilitators

Western Montana Wildlife Rehabilitators

The lists are intended to be ever-growing and ever-changing. If you know of a clinic or licensed individual to add to any of the lists, or if a correction needs to be made, please email me using the link available on each page.

Further reading:

What To Do With a Baby Bird (via Audubon.org)

Handling Injured Birds (via Eastside Audubon)

Help! I Found a Baby Bird — What Do I Do? (via Infinite Spider)

Finally, please consider supporting a wildlife rehabilitator near you. Many need volunteers and donations, so do help out if you’re able.


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