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Achieving Liftoff

Cause for Celebration: Eagle Release Volunteers

"I want to fly like an eagle

To the sea

Fly like an eagle,

Let my spirit carry me."

-- Steve Miller Band

Our Latest Bald Eagle Rescue

This juvenile bald eagle gets a second chance to be free thanks to the intrepid efforts of TCWC's Michele Dodge, who traveled two hours to Copperopolis and back to rescue what was reported to be a “large black bird.” When Michele found her and brought her to us, the bird had just about given up. Her odds of survival were slim without the help of friends and volunteers who teamed up to rehabilitate this most majestic bird of prey. We want to express appreciation to Dr. Alison Pillsbury and her staff, the TCWC crew and Stanislaus Wildlife Care for their efforts. While in our care, this young bald eagle gained nearly four pounds in two short months. She was finally strong enough to be returned to the wild. Special thanks to Nicole Todd, Wally Gallagher and rescuer Michele Dodge for their amazing photographs of this release.

Ringtail Released to Freedom

We'll admit it. This little ringtail stole our hearts. We don't often see ringtails here at TCWC, and we love it when we can help them on the road to recovery. Once common in Amador County, human development has chased away the ringtail. These strange creatures are often referred to as ring-tailed cats or miner’s cats. They look a little like lemurs but are actually in the raccoon family. This year, we have rescued a few ringtails, and we're hoping this charming critter is staging a comeback. They are shy, nocturnal and weigh just 1 to 3 pounds. A ringtail's daily diet consists of bugs, berries and mice.

Please, STOP 

At TCWC, we count on the kindness of strangers to aid in our rescue efforts. This little Screech Owl was one of the fortunate ones. He was found in the middle of the road by passersby who initially mistook him for a pinecone. They drove by the first time around, but on their return trip, the "pinecone" moved and they stopped the car. This little owl should make a full recovery thanks to the efforts of observant and compassionate strangers. We could not do what we do without your help. Thank you.

Wait For It...



We need all of your donations, but we're asking you to wait to give to TCWC until Giving Tuesday, November 29. If you do, you'll help us qualify for matching funds from Amador Community Foundation.

There are three ways to donate:

  • Write a check made payable to Amador Community Foundation and include TCWC in the notes section. Checks must be dated 11/29/22 to be eligible. Mail your check to 12360 Trade Center Drive in Jackson. We must receive it on or before Giving Tuesday.
  • Go to GiveAmador.org on 11/29/22 only and select TCWC as your chosen charity.
  • On 11/29/22, text tcwild to 44321


Thank you for helping us give local injured, ill and orphaned wildlife a second chance.

Tri County Wildlife Care is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported solely by donations. All donations are used for the benefit of wildlife in Amador, Calaveras, and eastern San Joaquin counties.


Tri County Wildlife Care

12360 Trade Center Drive

Jackson, CA 95642


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