August and September are the heart of West Nile Virus season; reported infections nearly triple in a matter of weeks. Yet many don’t realize that West Nile Virus is highly infectious in birds - more than in humans. Furthermore, birds play a much larger role in spreading the disease than people realize. West Nile Virus sounds scary, but it [Read More …]
Helping Local Turtles: Not A Hard Shell!
We have had some great success stories lately involving some of our favorite patients: Turtles! While birds and mammals comprise the majority of the animals that we care for at City Wildlife, we also take in reptiles and amphibians. Turtles are chief among these reptiles! The Department of Energy and Environment has observed 21 species of [Read More …]
Black-crowned Night Heron: Our Long-time Neighbors
On Monday July 18th, we admitted a nestling Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax). The bird was brought in by a National Zoo employee who also volunteers at City Wildlife, after the nestling fell from its nest into one of the crane enclosures at the National Zoo. The nestling is covered in down, but it has not fledged yet, meaning it [Read More …]