Did you know that Washington, DC’s Rock Creek Park holds the record for densest population of urban raccoons ever documented? And nearly everyone in the area has seen these evening explorers with their bandit masks and ringed tails. What are they up to? And how do they manage to thrive in our built-up environment? PhD biologist John Hadidian, who [Read More …]
A Falcon Flies Free!
Several weeks ago, we received a juvenile Merlin falcon after she collided with a window — we suspect at considerable speed. Small but fierce predators between a robin and a crow in size, Merlins rely on a burst of speed and surprise to catch other birds, and this unfortunate bird’s burst of speed took her right into a window. When [Read More …]
Are seawalls worth it?
Throughout history, humans have attempted to secure and stabilize the environment, thwarting nature’s relentless and ever-changing modifications. The seawall, a human-made structure (from rock, concrete or other materials) placed alongside stretches of beach or riverbank, is one measure employed. Unfortunately, while seawalls may solve some [Read More …]
Living Sentinels: Monitoring Wildlife to Prevent the Proliferation of New Diseases
This online webinar explores the connection between humanity’s treatment of wildlife and outbreaks of diseases like Covid19, as well as the role that wildlife rehabilitation centers like City Wildlife play in protecting public health. It premiered in September 2020. DC Councilperson Mary Cheh moderates the discussion, which features: John [Read More …]
CITY WILDLIFE RESPONDS TO OUTBREAK OF BIRD DISEASE
City Wildlife has recently seen a significant influx of young birds, mostly Common Grackles, European Starlings, and Blue Jays, with eye issues leading to blindness and neurological problems affecting the birds’ balance and coordination. Other regional agencies are reporting the same, as well as many dead fledglings. City Wildlife and other [Read More …]
Litter and Our Waterways
It’s a hot day and you’re out and about. Maybe you grab a bottle of water from the nearest convenience store. You take off your facemask to drink, and it falls to the ground accidentally. That’s OK, you have a spare. And after you finish that bottle of water, there’s no garbage can handy, so you just set it down on the sidewalk and figure “the city [Read More …]
Yes, we are happy to help toads!
March 17th here in the District of Columbia was a typical cool, spring day: overcast and gray, with rain threatening. The temperature was a crisp 50 degrees Fahrenheit, where just the week before it had been sunny and in the seventies. Everyone had emerged from our winter COVID cocoons to get outside and enjoy the unseasonably warm weather while [Read More …]
Nurturing Habitat for Wildlife
City Wildlife hosts Nancy Lawson, The Humane Gardener in a free webinar on Saturday May 15, 10:00 a.m. Why do we call some insects “beneficial” while others are “pests”? Why do we welcome some larger animals to our garden while calling others “nuisances”? Why are some plants considered “desirable” while others are “weeds”? In this myth-busting [Read More …]
No sooner has the last snow thawed before these transient, and delicate, habitats are teeming with life. Vernal pools are seasonal woodland bodies of water — some are just large puddles — that flood (with snow melt, then rainwater) for a few months during the spring and dry up by the end of summer. They are critical breeding grounds for many [Read More …]
Living with Raptors: The Tiny Dog’s Survival Guide
Who isn’t struck by the beauty of a majestic hawk soaring effortlessly overhead on a thermal updraft? Owners of small dogs, that’s who. Let’s face it: Hawks, owls, and other raptors don’t know the difference between a pet dog and, say, a rabbit. To them, if the opportunity presents itself, they’re all on the menu. And although attacks on pets [Read More …]