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Cotati, CA 94931





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Dear Supporters,


This is the month when we all give thanks for the many blessings we have received in the previous year. We as an organization are profoundly blessed by the love and care from all of our supporters and volunteers and will keep you in our thoughts as we spend Thanksgiving with our families.


I'd like to give a special thank you to all of you who have received our End of the Year Appeal and sent in your contributions. We have received $11,335 so far, 28% of what we need to treat, feed, and care for the wildlife we all love so much. If you haven't yet donated this year, please consider lending your support to SCWR this season. 


Have a Happy Thanksgiving!





Sincerely yours,


Doris Duncan
Executive Director 

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


The Cooper's Hawk That Could

Dona Asti, Raptor Care Volunteer


On December 3rd, 2013 we received a Cooper's Hawk with his feathers covered in roofing tar. Originally he was admitted to Peninsula Humane Society in San Mateo. They transferred the bird to International Bird Rescue in Cordelia, as they are the experts at cleaning feathers. It was determined that no product was effective at removing the tar. The only solution was to find a center that could house the bird until he went through a complete molt, dropping and replacing all the damaged feathers. IBR called Wildcare in San Rafael, hoping they could take the bird. Because the molting process would take months, or close to a year, Wildcare wished to find a center that had room for a long term patient. SCWR had just finished the construction of the new Raptor Recovery Center (well, finished enough to house birds, we still have much to do!) and we were honored to take him. Cooper's Hawks are difficult to keep in captivity and prone to injury. He would need a calm, quiet, and spacious environment. We could provide that. Without this new housing, his chances for release were uncertain, at best. Here we are in October, 2014. He is uninjured, with perfect feathers and ready to go. We could not have guessed the first bird to be housed in RRC would be such a difficult case. It was a true challenge to our design and hopes of what we could accomplish with this new facility. With gratitude and a sigh of relief from his caregivers, he was released and given the best second chance imaginable. We are so grateful to all of you who have contributed, and continue to do so, towards the completion of the RRC. We here at SCWR will never forget patient # 1030, the little Cooper's Hawk that not only could, but did!



Pints for Paws!


Thanks to all of you who came out to support us at Pints for Paws, those who volunteered before and during the event, and those local businesses who contributed raffle items. We give an especially big thanks to Lagunitas, who graciously hosted us and provided invaluable support during the event. We had a rocking good time, as Dylan Chambers and the Midnight Transit and the Pulsators treated us to their soulful rock and blues. We were even graced by the beautiful voice of Lester Chambers. Our raffle was a great success, with people buying their wingspan in tickets and walking away with fabulous prizes. The tacos were a perfect complement to Lagunitas frothy beer, and a good time was had by all!  


Next year we are returning to our usual schedule for Pints for Paws, and will be holding it in March. More details to come!


SCWR Went Batty


On October 11th, SCWR, in partnership with the Laguna de Santa Rosa, held an event all about bats! We had a great turnout of families who made origami bats, tried edible insect snacks, played bat games, and studied our taxidermy bats. The highlight of the event was a wonderful talk by Rachel Griffiths, our Bat Rehabilitation Volunteer. She gave us an excellent overview of bats, from around the world to in our own backyards, and busted some of the myths surrounding these fabulous creatures. It was a great event and we look forward to working with the Laguna de Santa Rosa in the future!