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. 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.