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Introducing the Predator Prevention and Educational Barnyard Program (PEEP)

 

 

 

Dear Wildlife Supporters,

 

SCWR is proud to announce the beginning of a new program to help wildlife. The PEEP program is designed to make a physical site where people can learn how to protect their livestock from wild animal predation. How does this help wildlife? Well we have received many sick, injured, and even dead wild animals which were poisoned, trapped, or shot because they were trying to find food and ate or attempted to eat livestock. We are all animal lovers at SCWR. We don't want to see any animals harmed. Luckily, no animals need to be harmed. With the right structures and techniques, both domestic and wild animals can be safe.

 

What does mean for SCWR? We will be building several structures to demonstrate safe housing for domestic animals. We already have two chicken coops built, and before we introduce the birds to their new enclosures, we are working to procure the appropriate fencing. We will have a barn and night corral. We also will have domestic animals living in the enclosures to demonstrate their effectiveness. These animals will be taken care of by our junior volunteers. We already have several devoted chicken caretakers. Previously, our junior volunteers could only work with animals in a foster care capacity. Now, they can care for domestic animals on site, and when they turn 18, they'll already have skills useful to working with wildlife. Please note that we are not becoming a domestic animal rescue, and are not accepting unwanted farm animals.

 

Eventually our Educational Barnyard will be part of our Saturday Tours. Visitors will be able to see both our wild animal ambassadors, and ways they can protect their backyard livestock from predators. We hope that as the public sees wild and domestic animals living in harmony on our site, that they will create the same harmony in their own backyards.

 

Thank you for supporting SCWR as we move forward in exciting new ways. Also, we have been receiving many of your Spring Appeal gifts in the mail. We're so grateful for your generosity as the babies come pouring in. We've had over fifty opossum youngsters come in, and have about 40 still in care.  If you have yet to send your appeal back, we'll still be glad to get it.

 

Sincerely yours,

 

Doris Duncan
Executive Director 

Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue
Registered 501(c)(3) Non Profit.

 

A Family in a Pouch


 
 

In March, we rescued a mother opossum who had a serious problem. She was wearing a wire noose around her neck, while trying to take care of her babies. We clipped off the wire, but her neck had become infected. We had to put her on medication and separate her from her babies until the medications  passed through her system. 


 At first, she had come in with only two babies. Imagine our surprise when the finder brought in three more later!  Her babies ended up joining several orphaned opossums to make a big opossum pack, so that Mama Possum could rest up and focus on healing.


 

And heal she did! This month, we were able to release her back into the wild. Below is a picture of her healed scar and a picture of her poking her nose out of the transport box. Good luck Mama Possum! 

 



 

A Friendly Note from Fledglings
 

 


 

Hello Humans,


 

We fledglings realized that maybe you just don't understand us, so we thought we'd help you out.


 

We're the ones who look mostly like adult birds, though we may still have some fluff left. You'll often find us on the ground or low branches, and if you look closely, our parents are close by, watching us.

 

If you see us on the ground, leave us alone! Remember when you were trying to walk? How you crawled and fell? Well we're learning to fly, which is much, much harder. We are supposed to be on the ground and low branches. Don't put us back in the nest! We worked so hard to get out of it in the first place.


 

You know how you can help us? Keep your cats inside while we're learning to fly. It's really hard to focus on practicing flying when a big furry thing is trying to eat you. Same for dogs. Walk them on a leash if we're in your yard. 


 

However, sometimes we could use some help.  If we have blood on us, your dog or cat brings us to you, or we're in the exact same spot for more than a day, please call for help. We are lucky to have three centers in Sonoma County that can help fledglings . SCWR specializes in the care of raptors, Native Songbird Care and Conservation cares for songbirds, and Bird Rescue cares for all native birds. Bring us to a center and they'll help. 

 

If we all work together, we fledglings will be flying in no time! See you in the sky!


 

Sincerely,

The Fledglings