Every spring and summer Mallard ducks spread out across the city and lay their nests in courtyards, parks, on rooftops, and in people’s backyards. Mallard ducks often nest downtown or in very congested areas because the small planters and tree boxes they find there are good hiding spots and well protected from predators (such as: crows, gulls, [Read More …]
How You Can Help Baby Birds This Spring
Leave Fledglings Alone. During the spring and summer you will probably see quite a few baby birds hopping around on the ground. These are most likely young birds who are learning to fly, also known as fledglings. Fledglings get their name because they are at the stage where their feathers and wing muscles are developed enough for them to begin [Read More …]
Profile Of An Eastern Screech Owl
A Trill Sounds In The Night Chances are you’ve never seen an Eastern Screech Owl but you have probably heard one. This tiny owl has a voice of a bird many times its size. Their haunting trill sounds at dusk and continues through the night and into the very early morning. Like most owls, Eastern Screech Owls are nocturnal. They hunker down in [Read More …]
The Truth About Opossums
Virginia Opossums Get a Bad Rap People often blame them for things they didn’t do such as tipping garbage cans or killing chickens. A lot of the time the only major complaint people have about them is simply that they are there. Opossums usually don’t tip the trash cans or dig up gardens but they often stop to clean up the mess left by another [Read More …]
We’re Expecting Babies!
The Spring And Summer Are Our Busiest Seasons! Why? Because we have so many little mouths to feed! Very soon we will begin seeing baby squirrels, rabbits, and opossums. You will probably see them too! Although most baby animals tend to stay in their nests till they grow older, you can often see mom and dad bustling around looking for food. In late [Read More …]
Migration Is No Simple Task. How Can You Help Migrating Birds?
Migration is Risky Business Migration can be a very dangerous undertaking. The journey sends birds across great distances and into unfamiliar territories. They must overcome many obstacles including: lack of food increased exposure to predators physical exhaustion bad weather These things are largely out of the birds’ control. Much is [Read More …]
Migratory Birds Are Coming to DC! Find Out How Much You Really Know About Migration.
The Birds Are Returning! Spring is not yet upon us but subtle shifts are already in the air. The light is changing and with it, many birds who vacated the city during the winter months are beginning to return. In February, large flocks of American Robins appeared in the area and began gathering in Rock Creek Park, picking through leaf litter, [Read More …]
Be My Valentine
City Wildlife is hosting a special Valentine's Day event! Please join us Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and help spread some love by picking an animal to be your valentine. • Take a tour of our facility • Enjoy Valentine goodies! • Decorate the City Wildlife lobby! • Win a prize! Tours start every 15 minutes and are [Read More …]
Duck Watch – Another Successful Season!
This spring, two dozen volunteers signed up to help with Duck Watch, City Wildlife’s program to protect Mallard ducklings and duck nests throughout the city. We monitor the nests and advise people what to expect after the ducklings hatch. Their mother will lead them to her chosen water source within 48 hours of hatching because that’s where their [Read More …]
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