September 13, 2017
We currently have over 90 animals at the Center, half of which are baby squirrels. We’ve reached peak squirrel season when we’re basically feeding baby squirrels around the clock. We also have a few baby Eastern cottontails at the Center. This weekend, we hope to release a baby Southern flying squirrel that we’ve raised over the past month.
September 6, 2017
We have about 60 animals at the Center. The majority of these animals are squirrels. We also have many opossums and several Eastern box turtles.
With Labor Day behind us, it is time to prepare for the upcoming fall season. Lights Out DC, our Citizen Science program that monitors bird and glass collisions, starts this Saturday, September 9th. If you’re interested in volunteering, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Another way to help migratory birds is to place decals on your window. Here is a great DIY project from the National Audubon Society: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9E7JMfHZWM
August 30, 2017
We currently have about 80 animals at the Center. Right now, City Wildlife is Squirrel Central. The babies, all 36 of them, are utterly adorable. We have our usual assortment of Mourning doves, pigeons, and the occasional songbird in care. We have had a couple of migratory birds come in, including Ruby-throated hummingbirds and a warbler, casualties of window strikes. The box turtles in care are on “turtle time;” nothing happens quickly with them, especially wound healing. A few might be here with us over the winter.
As the summer winds down, wildlife rehabilitators engage in what could be called an “animal shuffle”. Most rehabbers are staging animal releases as summer youngsters graduate and demonstrate that they are equipped to survive on their own. This time of year is optimal for releases as food supplies are plentiful and the weather, for the most part, is gentle. We’ve also started discussions about which animals, such as box turtles or birds with poor plumage, might need to overwinter indoors. We are continuing to send birds up to our colleagues at Second Chance Wildlife Center and Owl Moon Raptor Center for flight conditioning and eventual release. The two final groups of our mallards at Second Chance Wildlife Center will be released back to the District soon.
August 23, 2017
We currently have about 60 animals at the Center. Our year-to-date animal intake number for 2017 has surpassed our “official” animal intake total for 2016 of 1460 animals. Our intakes continue to easily average over 20% of what they were last year at this time.
We are definitely in the business of baby squirrels again and their numbers are creeping up every day. It takes a total of 5.5 hours for our trained staff and volunteers to hand feed the baby squirrels. Warmed formula is delivered very slowly through a nipple-tipped syringe so that they don’t choke.
To add to the mix, we took in a very young flying squirrel on Monday. We have taken in a number of fledglings, pigeons and doves mostly, as the summer season winds down. Yesterday, we took in two older Goldfinch nestlings, the last baby songbirds of the season.
Our whistling groundhog, now cured of mange, and an opossum, fattened up after it was trapped for several days, will be released later this week at Kingman Island. The weather needs to cool down a bit before we say good-bye to them. Kingman is a terrific release site for many of the animals in our care. The island is very quiet during the week and there is ample shelter and food for them.
August 16, 2017
The past week was full of surprises. We have almost exceeded our total animal intake number of 1460 from last year. We are at intake number 1426 and counting! We currently have about 60 animals in care.
The weekend was eerily quiet, but we did take in a banded Peregrine falcon with a wing injury that was found near Nationals Park. We traced the band through USGS and discovered that the bird is a female. It was banded in New Jersey in 2008. She might be one of a nesting pair in the area.
We have cared for more Eastern box turtles this season than ever before and we are currently up to 18. They come in for a myriad of reasons, from shell injuries and fractures to interference from well-meaning people.
August 9, 2017
We currently have about 50 animals in care. In the past two weeks, life at the center has shifted away from the care of avian babies to the care of baby squirrels and opossums. We received the first baby squirrel of the fall season on Saturday. We have been transferring birds out to Second Chance Wildlife Center for outdoor acclimation and flight conditioning. The last of the spring squirrels was released a few days ago.
August 2, 2017
We currently have about 50 animals in care. These past few days have been very quiet. We’re bracing ourselves for the second round of baby squirrels. Even though it’s a static time for us here at City Wildlife, there is a tremendous amount of activity going on in the wildlife world. Young animals that were born in spring are now growing up and learning life skills. They’re leaning to deal with the challenges of upcoming seasonal change.
July 26, 2017
Things have started quieting down here at the center. We currently have about 60 animals in care. The babies from the spring and early summer have now grown. It is the calm before the storm as we wait for the second arrival of baby squirrels this fall.
July 19, 2017
Currently, we have about 75 animals in our care. As baby bird season winds down, so do our daily intakes. Each day, we are releasing more and more orphaned animals that are now large enough to be on their own.
July 12, 2017
We currently have about 140 animals at the Center. This past week, we released several baby squirrels, ducklings, and opossums that we had raised over the past few months. We also released some birds, turtles, and a snake.
July 5, 2017
It’s been a busy week here at the Center! We currently have over 140 animals in our care.
On July 1st, on the fourth anniversary of our opening, we took in a Bald Eagle that was grounded after a rainstorm. The bird was in good body condition. Earlier this week, we transferred it to another facility for further care and diagnostics.
June 28, 2017
Activity at the center has been non-stop for the past few weeks. We took in our 1000th patient of the calendar year last Thursday! Our intakes continue to range well over 20% from last year. We currently have 160 animals at the center and Second Chance Wildlife Center is caring for 55 of our animals that need outdoor conditioning. A healthy Red-shouldered Hawk fledgling was brought to us on Sunday and was quickly transferred to Owl Moon Raptor Center where it joined 3 very vocal new “siblings.”
The most exciting bird of the week was a young Common Loon that came in from the Georgetown Reservoir. We think it was knocked down in to the reservoir by the storms on Monday. These seabirds sometimes confuse wet pavement or very shallow water for the surface of a lake or pond. Once they land, it is impossible for them to take flight; they need open water to gain speed in order to lift off because of the rear positioning of their legs. This loon was released along the riverfront close to the reservoir.
June 21, 2017
On this summer solstice, we have almost 200 animals in our care. Each week, we are taking in more animals and releasing more animals. We’ve taken in many orphaned ducklings that have been found at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.
All twelve of our Wood ducks were transferred up to Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research in Delaware early this week for outdoor acclimation and flight conditioning. This is the first year we have had success with them. Today, we released a healthy baby Eastern box turtle. Eastern box turtles are a Species of Greatest Conservation Need in the District of Columbia.
June 14, 2017
Summer’s revolving door of intakes, transfers, and releases has started. We currently have about 170 animals in care and are almost 20% over our year-to-date intakes compared to last year! Most of the animals in care are birds, particularly Mallard ducklings.
Last week we released 9 adorable opossums and a snapping turtle that had been attacked by a dog.
The most poignant release story from last week was of a female Red-tailed hawk that was found badly injured in early March at Rock Creek Cemetery. She was discovered by groundskeepers and employees who were as worried about her as they were for her mate that kept close watch during her capture. Radiographs revealed that she had a fractured humerus that could be surgically repaired. Kristy, our Clinic Director, transported the hawk to Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, Inc. in Newark, DE where she and a colleague performed a complicated and successful surgery. The hawk recuperated at Tri-State and was picked up last Thursday where she spent her last night in captivity. Dan Rauch of DOEE assisted with the release on Friday.
June 7, 2017
Currently, we have over 180 animals in house with a significant proportion of them being birds.
Baby season is far from over. Last week we took in four very young orphaned opossums. They were found by a street cleaner. In a few weeks, we will start preparing for our second round of baby squirrels, which are due some time in July.
Thursday, June 8, 2017, is Do More 24, DC’s annual 24-hour online fundraiser for nonprofit organizations. Please help us continue to help urban wildlife. Every donation counts! https://domore24.org/
May 31, 2017
Our current animal census is at about 180. Our intakes are 16% over what they were last year at this time. We are currently seeing the first of songbird fledglings, mostly robins and Blue Jays. Last week, we transferred many of our squirrels, songbirds, and mallard ducklings to Second Chance Wildlife Center in Gaithersburg, MD for outdoor acclimation.
Over the past week, we have taken in several Black-crowned Night-Herons from the National Zoo. They roost above one of the buildings at the zoo. Occasionally, the chicks get themselves into trouble. Healthy chicks are cared for by the keeper staff at the zoo, but we get the ones that need extra help. Black-crowned Night-Herons are a Species of Greatest Conservation Need in Washington, DC.
May 24, 2017
Our current animal census is at 216. We have about 30 opossums, 20 baby birds, and 70 mallard ducklings in our care.
On Saturday, May 26, 2017 from noon to 4pm, City Wildlife will be at Unleashed at 300 Tingey St SE. Come learn about City Wildlife and meet Ellie, our new education Eastern box turtle.
May 17, 2017
It is never a dull moment at the center these days! Our current animal census is at 165. We have about 40 Mallard ducklings and 40 maturing juvenile squirrels. The first young songbirds of the season are just starting to come in.
We are hoping to release a few animals this week. An Eastern box turtle that came in last fall with a respiratory infection is finally on the schedule to go home now that the temperatures are warming. Our early spring squirrels are almost ready for placement.
Help has arrived, too. Eliza Burbank, our seasonal Assistant Animal Care Manager, is back with us this summer. She first started at City Wildlife as a volunteer when she was a sophomore at American University. This August, she will be heading to vet school at the University of Tennessee.
Local artist Akemi Maegawa has installed stunning artwork in our reception area. The exhibition of wild animal-themed works will be on display for a month. Some pieces are available for purchase.
This Saturday, May 20, 2017 is International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD). Celebrate at the IMBD Festival at the Nature Center in Rock Creek Park from 10am to 3pm. For more information, visit https://www.nps.gov/rocr/imbd.htm.
City Wildlife has been in the news a bit this week. Kate Ryan from WTOP did a piece on Lights Out DC: http://wtop.com/dc/2017/05/13825706/slide/1/. We have also been featured in a few stories about the new duck ramps installed at the Capitol Reflecting Pool. Here is a link to one of the articles: http://dcist.com/2017/05/ducks_get_ramps_for_easier_access_t.php.