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                                                                   Spring/Summer 2005


Who Cares? We do!
                                                                                                WildCare News
                       Dear Friends of WildCare:                                                              Volume 10, Number 1
                           I recently visited the magnificent Big Sur coast with                              Spring/Summer 2006
                       friends. While we were driving south on Highway One,                         Administration and Education
                       I looked toward the ocean and saw what I at first                             415-453-1000           FAX: 415-456-0594
                       thought was the largest turkey vulture on the planet! As
                                                                                                     Wildlife Hotline and Hospital
                       soon as I caught sight of the large orange number                                       415-456-SAVE (7283)
                       attached to its wing I knew we were privileged to see the
                       endangered California Condor.                                                Website
                           Along with other cars traveling the coastal highway,                       Email
we pulled to the side so we could marvel discreetly at these amazing animals.           Address 76         Albert Park Lane, San Rafael, CA 94901
Eight condors—all tagged and released to the wild thanks to the Ventana
                                                                                                        Office Hours 9am–5pm              M-F
Wildlife Society’s Condor Recovery Program—congregated on the cliffs just to
the side of the road. The birds seemed fairly comfortable around the people—                Exhibit Hall, Courtyard and Clinic Hours
never a good thing for a wild animal—but sometimes                                                      9am–5pm seven days a week
inevitable when a young animal bred in captivity hasn’t                                                      Board of Directors
had its natural parents to teach it the appropriate fear                                                  President Donald Humphreys
of humans.                                                                                                 Vice President Janis Wild
                                                                                                              Treasurer Vicki Rupp
         Two of the condors perched atop rocks separate
                                                                                                            Secretary Marilyn Freund
from the others. The majority of the birds—adults and                                                            Holly Hollenbeck
juveniles—engaged in behavior that suggested vying for                                                            Tom O’Connell
dominance as they searched for food on the ground.                                                             Diana Phillips, DVM
Even in pristine Big Sur, I was saddened to see bits of                                                           Susan Rusche
trash—including plastic and styrofoam cups—that were                                                               Lisa Spencer
eaten by the birds!                                                                                   Lifetime Honorary Director
         I was uncomfortably shocked out of my tran-                                                           Elizabeth C. Terwilliger
quil experience back to the reality that humans are still                                                    Executive Director
the primary cause of injuries to wildlife. Never have I                                                            Karen Wilson
felt more acutely aware that the work we do at                                                                  WildCare Staff
WildCare is vital. Teaching children and adults how to                                                 Jan Armstrong      Joyce Bourassa
live in harmony with wildlife, repairing wildlife injuries                                               Cindy Dicke      Marian Eschen
and caring for baby animals orphaned by human care-                                                      Jacob Fries     Sara Heintzelman
lessness, we work to restore the natural order of things.                                             Alison Hermance       Julie Malet
While we rarely see species as endangered as the                                                     Charlotte Patterson Melanie Piazza
California Condor, the work we do at WildCare to                                                       Mary Pounder Paulette Smith-Ruiz
                                                         Julia Marrero

rehabilitate every species—from swallows and squirrels                                                  JoLynn Taylor
to Northern Spotted Owls—has exactly the same goal.
By providing treatment, care and security, we enable                                                 WildCare inspires a vital connection
each patient to recover and/or to develop suitable survival skills, while we                      among people, wildlife and the natural world.
help them stay wild by limiting human exposure.
                                                                                   Cover Photographs: Robert Bloomberg, Anita Bock, Lucy Burlingham,
         This is WildCare’s work, and your support is what keeps us going.         Marian Eschen, Alison Hermance, Susan Larsen, Holly Manley, Tom O’Connell,
Like most nonprofits these days, WildCare struggles to raise enough revenue        Mary Pounder, Melanie Piazza, Stephen Shaw, Janet Sinnicks, JoLynn Taylor,
                                                                                   Justin Williams
to provide and expand our important Terwilliger nature education and               Production Editor: JoLynn Taylor
wildlife rehabilitation programs. Without your thoughtful and generous sup-        Website Design: Alison Hermance, Michael Magruder, Relevant Tools
port—whether contributions of funds or volunteer time—WildCare could not
accomplish so much. Thank you for these gifts.                                     WildCare’s newsletter is published three times a year (April, August, November).
                                                                                   Every effort has been made to ensure that the contents of this publication are
         Please stay tuned for the excitement and accomplishments of 2006—                         accurate. We regret that we cannot be responsible for human
experience the thrill of a child discovering the contents of an owl pellet, the                    error, printing mistakes, or variations in individual workmanship.
                                                                                                   Printed in USA on Orion Satin Recycled paper by Schumann
grand opening of WildCare’s refurbished courtyard later this year, enhanced                        Printers, Inc., Fall River, Wisconsin.
advocacy on behalf of wildlife, and our commitment to Mrs. Terwilliger’s lega-     POSTMASTER send changes of address to WildCare, 76 Albert Park Lane,
cy to teach children to take care of the nature they love.                         San Rafael, CA 94901.

Karen J. Wilson
Executive Director

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news and notes…                                                                                      local heroe s…
The Beastie Rides Again                     Got Gophers?
     The popular Beastie Bargain                 The Hungry Owl Project and the
Bonanza flea market is making a come-       Marin Art and Garden Center's Garden
back! Please join the fun!                  Education Council will offer wine,
     Donate! Friday, April 21, 8am -        cheese and live owls on Thursday, May
7pm: Clean out your closets and bring       4th, 6:30 to 9:30pm, at the Marin Art
us your treasures (clean, working, sal-     and Garden Center. Thomas Wittman
able condition, please!) to support our     of Gophers Limited will speak on man-
nature education and wildlife rehabili-     aging gophers without chemicals.
tation programs. We need collectibles,      Admission is $25 if you reserve by April
                                            28th; $30 at the door. Visit www.hun-
                                                                                                 “H      abitat and Sustenance...”
                                                                                             At O’Donnell’s Fairfax Nursery, Paul
clothes, jewelry, books, furniture, toys,
tools, housewares, etc.; no computers for details or call Alex Godbe        O’Donnell speaks with the intensity
or exercise equipment, please.              for reservations at 415-454-4587.                of a committed environmentalist.
                                                                                             “That’s what I’d rename the nursery
     Shop! Saturday and Sunday,             Spring Baby Shower                               if I wanted to change the name. It’s
April 22 and 23, 9am - 4pm: All                                                              our focus—native plants and organ-
donated items will be sold during a         Sunday, April 23, 1-4                            ic fruit and vegetables.”
giant two-day parking lot sale                   What has four feet, but can’t walk?
held behind WildCare at                                                                            In 1990 when he bought the
                                            What has a mouth but can’t feed itself?
70 Mariposa Road.                                                                            nursery on Sir Francis Drake
                                            The first, a baby mammal; the second,            Boulevard, the first thing Paul did
                                            a baby bird. Wild animal babies of all           was clear the shelves of all the pesti-
                                            sorts will be featured at WildCare’s             cides, herbicides and other chemical
                                            Spring Baby Shower. Come see them                products. “We still offer only organic
                                            all, and bring a suggested donation of           solutions that work for the environ-
                                            $7 ($5 for members) or the equivalent            ment,” he says proudly.
                                            value of any of the following items to
                                            help us prepare for spring baby season.                O’Donnell’s Fairfax Nursery was
                                                                                             the first place Mary Pounder
                                             •non-toxic potted native trees and large        thought of when she began to look
                                               plants                                        for plants to landscape WildCare’s
                                             •plain peanut butter, wheat germ, corn-         new naturalized courtyard enclo-
                                               meal                                          sures. Paul O’Donnell helped her
Owls! Live!
                                             •paper towels, tissue, dry erase markers        choose the best plants for each of
     On February 9, Maggie Rufo of the                                                       the Wildlife Ambassador cages,
                                             •walnuts, almonds, pecans in shell; sea-
Hungry Owl Project wrote: “After sev-          sonal fruits and nuts: acorns,                donated a number of them, and
eral years of effort, HOP finally has a        persimmons, pyracantha berries                gave price reductions on others.
live web cam! The camera is in a box at
San Domenico School; the image                                                                     Native plants in the Bay Area are
                                            Internships Available!                           adapted to a variety of micro cli-
refreshes every 20 seconds. The barn
owls in Marin are nesting about a               Current volunteers and college stu-          mates, and the staff at O’Donnells is
                                            dents are invited to apply for an intern-        ready to consult on which will do
month early this year....”
                                            ship in WildCare’s hospital. Internships         best in any given situation.
     Watch the cam at http://www.hun-       are unpaid and require a minimum of                                                                         Habitat is something of a spe-
                                                                      Continued on page 10   cialty, and they offer habitat restora-
                                                                                             tion services as well as nursery
                                                                                             stock. “A site visit is the first step,”
                                                                                             says Paul. “We review the existing
                                                                                             plants in light of what the home-
                                                                                             owner wants to achieve. Remedies
                                                                                             for existing problems and removal of
                                                                                             non-natives is next. Then we can
                                                                                             begin designing the space.”
                                                                                                   Paul believes people can have
                                                                                             native habitat in the smallest of
                                                                                             spaces. “If you provide food sources
                                                                                             and shelter for wildlife, they’ll find
                                                                                             it. I’d like every garden to be a little
                                                                                             ‘WildCare,’” he grins.

Spring/Summer 2006                                                                           WildCare 3
living with wildlife...

Wildlife Rescue Guide
by Melanie Piazza, Director of Animal Care

    Spring isenjoying the Bay Area’sthings. It is also the time of yeartrail, in
are outdoors
              baby season for wild
                                     lovely weather. Whether on a

the garden or under your deck, it’s inevitable that people and wildlife are                             Healthy fawn waiting for mother. Photo by Susan Sasso
going to meet at this time of year.
     Sometimes an animal needs help, but often you are just observing a                                 Deer, Rabbits and Hares
natural process. If you are uncertain whether an animal needs help or not,                                   Deer and hares (jackrabbits) have
always call WildCare’s Living with Wildlife Hotline for advice.                                         one or two young and hide twins in
                                                                                                        separate locations for up to twelve
                                                                                                        hours at a time, returning to nurse in
Evaluating Adult Animals                     Evaluating Baby Animals                                    the early morning and early evening.
      If an adult wild animal lets you get        Is the baby hurt or sick? Is it cold                       Brush rabbits have larger litters in
close to it, something is wrong. Even        to the touch or bleeding? Are there                        a single nest, but those, too, will be left
seemingly calm animals are actually          insects on it? Does it have a broken                       alone for long periods of time. If you
frightened and stressed and can be           limb? Has the animal been hit by a car                     are uncertain whether the mother is
extremely dangerous if cornered.             or caught by a cat or dog? If the answer                   around, you can lay small twigs in a
     If you are certain it is safe for you   is yes to any of these questions, the ani-                 pattern across the entrance to the nest,
to capture an injured or orphaned ani-       mal needs medical attention. Read                          and check the next day to see if they
mal, always protect yourself with gloves     How to Transport a Wild Animal                             have been disturbed.
and safety glasses. A towel and a secure,    below and bring it to WildCare.
                                                                                                             A warm quiet baby found in the
ventilated, carrying box will be useful.          Is the baby is warm and healthy?                      grass with no obvious injuries is prob-
     The adult wildlife exceptions are       It may not be truly orphaned. Wildlife                     ably not abandoned. Fawns and rabbits
birds that have flown into windows and       parents may leave their young for long                     remain quiet and still so that predators
are momentarily stunned. If this hap-        periods of time while they forage for                      will not find them. If all is well, the
pens and you see no injuries, place the      food. They are probably watching you                       mother will likely move her baby after
bird in a ventilated cardboard box that      from afar. Observe the baby from a dis-                    the next feeding.
is “just the right size” and close it. Put   tance, or leave and return later; the par-                      Call WildCare if the baby is still
it somewhere safe and quiet outside,         ents will not come to their baby if                        there after 24 hours, if a fawn is bleating
then check on the bird in 30 to 60 min-      predators (YOU!) are near. Keep all pets                   and walking around in the open, or you
utes. If he still cannot fly away, then he   and humans away! It is crucial that the                    are certain the mother has been killed.
needs to come into                                       returning parent is not
                                                         threatened by your good                        Opossums
WildCare. If he takes off
on his own, congratula-                                  intentions into abandoning                          Neonate
tions on your first rescue!                              its young.                                     opossums are
                                                            If the baby is warm and                     sometimes found
     If you know an ani-                                                                                alive inside the
mal needs help and are                                   healthy, you may be able to
                                                         return it to its nest or leave it              pouch of a dead
uncomfortable handling                                                                                  mother. If you
it, call the Marin                                       hidden where you found it.
                                                                                                        see a dead moth-
Humane Society. Their                                    Human scent on baby birds or mammals           er and it is safe The opossum marsupium (pouch)
officers have special                                    will NOT deter parents from caring for their   to do so, always is located on the female’s
training and equipment                                   young! Killdeer photo by Arlene Davis          check the pouch abdomen. Photo by Mary Pounder
to handle wildlife.                                                                                     and surrounding
                                                                                                        grass for straggling babies. If you find
How To Transport a Wild Animal                                                                          live babies, or if you are uncomfortable
                                                                                                        checking, you can bring the mother’s
          If you are certain an animal needs help and are able to capture it safely,                    body to WildCare immediately. Don’t
place it in a secure container with pre-punched air holes (shoebox, paper bag, pet                      detach live babies from a dead mother.
carrier) and keep it warm, dark, and quiet. Never give it any food, fluids or                                Opossums cannot be reunited with
medications! Resist the urge to peer in at it or speak to it. Wild animals can die                      their mothers, and an opossum shorter
from stress alone. Bring the animal to WildCare immediately. Never touch a mam-                         than ten inches (excluding tail), will
mal with bare hands.                                                                                    need warmth and care.

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                                                                                                             which can take five to seven days while
                                                                                                             their parents continue to feed them.
                                                                                                                  At this stage, they are sometimes
  Juvenile opossums shorter than ten inches from nose to
                                                                                                             “bird-napped” by well-meaning
  rump will need warmth and care. Photo by Mary Pounder    Nestling Barn Owls (above),                       humans. If they appear healthy and
        Juvenile opossums are fully furred                 Screech Owl branchers (right).                    have not been caught by a cat, leave
  and have outgrown the mother’s pouch.                    Photos by Melanie Piazza                          them where they are and call WildCare
  By instinct, they cling to her as she for-                                                                 for observation guidelines.
  ages, and eventually fall off. If unable to              chances are it is just
  get back to her, a baby is then on his                   learning to fly and
  own, a natural dispersal strategy. If                    should be left alone.
  healthy and ten inches or longer he is                   Call WildCare if it
  old enough to take care of himself.                      appears injured, or you are uncertain.
                                                           WildCare’s Hungry Owl Project has
  Raccoons                                                 experienced tree climbers
                                                           who are able to put
          Neonate raccoons are helpless for                young raptors of all ages
   about six weeks, and are usually kept                   back into their nests.
   well hidden, unless their nest is dis-
                                                                                                                   Neonate squirrel,
                                         turbed or         Songbirds
                                         their moth-                                                               above; juvenile
                                         er is inter-            Nestlings are some-                               squirrel, right.
                                         rupted            times found on the                                      Photos by Lucy
                                         while mov-        ground below their nest.                                Burlingham
                                         ing them.         If the baby bird appears
                                                           healthy and warm, gently                               Squirrels
                                         are very          place it back into the                                     Neonate squirrels are usually
                                         attached to       nest, feet tucked under it.                            found when a nest (called a
                                         their young.      If the nest has fallen, you                            “drey”) has been destroyed.
Nestling raccoons photo by JoLynn Taylor If a mother       can place it in a small                                Squirrels often have more than
   is alive and she has been separated                     basket or container with                               one drey. If one or more squirrels
   from all her young, she will try aggres-                drainage holes and hang                                fall to the ground, their mother
   sively to retrieve them for several nights.             the “nest” no more than                                will often retrieve them.
   If allowed to reach them she will move                  12 inches from the origi-
                                                           nal site. Birds only tend                                  If you find uninjured babies
   them to an alternate nest. Call WildCare                                                                        and think the mother is around,
   for assistance in reuniting a family or if              one nest, so all babies
                                                           need to be together. If the                             nestle them in a warm, shallow
   you have found a single neonate rac-                                                                            box at the base of the tree they fell
   coon. Never handle a raccoon with                       parents do not return in
   your bare hands.                                        over two hours, or if the Top to bottom:          from, or in a basket suspended so it
                                                           baby is pushed out repeat- nestling sparrows,     rests against the trunk, and leave the
        Juvenile raccoons leave the nest at                edly, keep the baby warm pre-fledgling robins,    area. Call WildCare if the mother has
  about eight to ten weeks of age and                      and call WildCare.           fledgling sparrow.   not returned within two or three hours.
  begin to travel with their mother. From
                                                                 Fledglings are feath- Photos by Mary            Juvenile squirrels are still depend-
  then on they have no permanent den                       ered birds with short tails Pounder and           ent on their mother. Call WildCare for
  site. If exclusion is a goal, this is when               that have hopped out of Melanie Piazza            advice if a juvenile squirrel approaches
  it is safe to do so.                                     the nest to the ground, and are able to           you, as it may be a sign that it needs
                                                           stand, hop and even run. They have                medical care. Never handle a squirrel
  Raptors                                                  left the nest and are learning to fly,            without gloves.
      Hawks, owls and vultures of all
  ages have sharp talons and beaks. Adult
  raptors can be very aggressive when
  protecting their young.
                                                           Who to Call for Help
                                                               Safety first! Never approach or attempt to handle a wild animal unless you are
      Nestlings found on the ground                        certain you can do so without harm to yourself or the animal! Call for assistance! If
  should be brought in to WildCare                         you do handle a wild animal, always wear gloves and safety goggles!
  immediately.                                                                      WildCare: 415-456-SAVE (7283)
      Branchers are fledgling raptors. If                                         Hungry Owl Project: 415-454-4587
  the bird is healthy and on the ground,                                         Marin Humane Society: 415-883-4621

  Spring/Summer 2006                                                                                            WildCare 5
behind the scenes…

The Costs of Caring
by Karen Wilson, Executive Director

    A   nyone who has taken a pet for
medical treatment knows that treat-
                                                 WildCare’s role is to train rehabili-
                                            tators and secure funds to provide their
ment isn’t free. Veterinarians are highly   training as well as the food, medica-
trained professionals who specialize in     tions and housing for wildlife that has
domestic animal species. We are fortu-      suffered the impact of human interac-
nate that several veterinarians with        tion. In partnership with WildCare, the
wildlife expertise donate their services    people who volunteer their time pro-
to WildCare each year.                      vide an exceptional service. The value
     Wildlife rehabilitation is more than   of the time hospital volunteers donated
just medical care, however. Wildlife        in 2005 was more than $450,000.
rehabilitators are licensed by the state          In reviewing WildCare’s 2005 hos-
and federal governments to treat native     pital expenses, I calculated that—even
species of birds, mammals and reptiles.     with this extraordinary gift of volunteer
Treatment includes medical care, but        time—treatment for the average patient
goes far beyond it. Orphaned and            costs $213. To give WildCare’s mem-
injured animals need long-term sup-         bers and friends a better understanding
portive care and appropriate socializa-     of where the money was spent, I asked
tion and training to prepare them to        Director of Animal Care Melanie Piazza
return to the natural life of a wild ani-   to itemize the cost of just one case. Her
mal. They are not pets that can be          memo appears below. As noted, these
socialized to humans, so special train-     costs omit staff time, volunteer time,
ing is necessary for the rehabilitators     and veterinary attention.
who work with them.
                                                 These Ringtails (less common
                                            members of the raccoon family), were
                                            more costly than some of our other
                                            wild patients. WildCare provides care
                                            for all of its wild patients, regardless of
                                            the time they need to grow and heal.
                                            Thank you all for helping us to do our
                                            best for them.

                                                                      Photos, top to bottom:
                                                                     Northern Flicker #4692: 28
                                                                    days in care; released San
                                                                   Rafael 11/19/05. 1,834
                                                                  songbirds admitted in 2005.
                                                                 Photo by Janet Sinnicks
                                                                Gray Fox #0938: 36 days in
                                                               care; released Muir Beach
                                                              8/13/05. 116 carnivores admitted
                                                             in 2005. Photo by Melanie Piazza
                                                             Great Horned Owl #1066: 33 days
                                                            in care; released Pleasanton
                                                            8/28/05. 100 owls admitted in 2005.
                                                            Photo by Mary Pounder
                                                            Western Gray Squirrel #0150: 102
                                                            days in care, released Fairfax
                                                            7/3/05. 160 squirrels admitted in
                                                            2005. Photo by Lucy Burlingham
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To The WildCare Community:                                               2005 INCOME SOURCES
     2005 was a year of great accomplishments for WildCare.                                                Membership/Donations
New initiatives to further WildCare’s mission were set in                          31%
motion and revenue showed a marked improvement due to a                                                    Earned Income
focused fundraising program.                                             5%                 11%            Grants

      Nature Education Thanks to the DMARLOU                                                               In-Kind donations*
Foundation, we were able to commission designs for museum-                                                 Special Events
quality courtyard signage to be installed in 2006. With grati-                                             Other Income
tude for the continuing generous support of Susan Gray we
were able to upgrade courtyard housing for many of                       2005 EXPENSES
WildCare’s Wildlife Ambassadors—-new naturalized cages for                        7%
the Ravens, Turkey Vulture and Acorn Woodpeckers were com-                                                 Wildlife Rehabilitation*
pleted.                                                                    17%
                                                                                                           Education Programs*
     WildCare’s nature education programs reached more                                     55%             Development
people than ever last year—in all walks of life—both at                     21%
WildCare and in our Bay Area community. The Wildlife
Ambassador and Hungry Owl programs expanded significantly.                                              *Includes volunteer hours
Adult volunteer education continues to create a solid core of
advisors for Hotline callers, as well as mentors for thousands             Note: Figures are unaudited at time of printing.
                                                                           A complete audited financial statement will be
schoolchildren throughout the Bay Area in WildCare’s
                                                                           available in April, 2006.
Terwilliger guided Field Trips, Nature Van, Nature Kits and vari-
ous camps.
                                                                      to mention Mrs. T’s 96th birthday celebration, which drew a
      Wildlife Rehabilitation WildCare treated almost                 large crowd.
3,500 animal patients, many of which were returned to their
natural habitat. Thanks to the efforts of Director of Animal                In Conclusion WildCare enjoys a dedicated staff and
Care Melanie Piazza, WildCare initiated a fishing line recycling      the commitment of hundreds of volunteers without whom we
program to reduce the hazard of abandoned fishing line to             could not carry out our mission. WildCare also depends upon,
wildlife.                                                             and is grateful for, its many financial supporters, primarily indi-
                                                                      viduals, whose continuing support is essential to WildCare’s
    Community Outreach In 2005 WildCare launched its                  future. On behalf of the Board of Directors I thank all of
new website— WildCare’s pro-                  WildCare’s staff, volunteers and supporters for all they do to
grams and many successes received wide media coverage.                make WildCare such a unique and special Bay Area resource.
      Events In 2005 WildCare hosted the Nature Lovers Ball
at the historic San Francisco Presidio Officers’ Club for the first
time, which was a great success. The year also saw other
annual events—Dining for Wildlife, Spring Baby Shower,                Donald L. Humphreys
Italian Bocce Festival, and Creatures of Myth and Legend, not         President of the Board of Directors

NATURE EDUCATION                                                      SPECIAL PROGRAMS
                                                                      Center tours, courtyard events,
                                                                                                          WILDCARE VISITORS
                                                                                                             15,230 courtyard and
In 2005 over 40,000 children and adults                               birthday parties, SEED (School           museum visitors
                                                                                                             2,689 rescuers
from nine Bay Area counties experienced                               Environmental Education
                                                                      Docent), Davidson After-
WildCare’s Terwilliger Nature Education
                                                                      School Programs                     LIVING WITH WILDLIFE
                                                                        45 programs                       HOTLINE
                                                                        1,392 children and adults
                                                                                                             6,500 calls
TERWILLIGER NATURE                  TERWILLIGER NATURE                    participating
VAN PROGRAM                         CAMPS
                                      17 camps                        ADULT HOSPITAL CLASSES              HUNGRY OWL PROJECT
  48 schools                                                                                                 36 Owl boxes placed
  111 presentations                   300 children engaged              29 classes
                                                                                                             28 Owl box plans provided
  6,318 children visited                                                218 volunteers trained
                                                                                                             19 Presentations given
                                    TERWILLIGER NATURE KITS                                                  340 Individuals engaged
TERWILLIGER FIELD TRIPS               22 schools                      WILDLIFE AMBASSADOR
  97 schools                          178 kits                                                            JOYS OF HIKING
  162 field trips                     1,260 children                  PROGRAMS
                                      12,174 kit experiences            692 presentations                    28 nature hikes
  11 new nature guides                                                                                       25 hikers
  2,101 children involved                                               5,005 individuals involved                                          Photo credits (from top): Anita
                                    JUNIOR BOTANISTS                                                                                        Bock, Stephen Shaw, JoLynn
                                      450 participants                STUDENT VOLUNTEERS
                                      189 certificates awarded          101 participants
                                                                                                                                            Taylor, Anita Bock, Janet Sinnicks,
                                                                                                                                            JoLynn Taylor
Annual Report 2005                                                                          WildCare 1
                                   VOLUNTEER SUPPORT                                   Steve Henneman
                                                                                       Christina Heron
                                                                                       Sam Hill
                                                                                                                     Susan Seefeld
                                                                                                                     Kenny Stone
                                                                                                                     Dirk Summers
                                   In 2005 more than 350 volunteers donated            Andrea Hirsig                 Abby Thieme
                                   over 39,000 hours of their time, valued at          John Hodgkin                  Andrew Thurston
                                                                                       Wey Howard                    Vera Topinka
                                   $456,000.                                           Don Humphreys*                Jessica Van den Berg
                                                                                       Randy Hust                    Kathy Villegas
                                   1,000 HOURS OR MORE        Juanita Reynolds         Lynn Hutton                   Keith Waters
                                                              Jim Schnitzen*           JoLyn Jones                   Cady Watts
                                    Veronica Bowers                                    Chris Karl                    Anna Webster**
                                                              Becky Smith
                                    Diana Manis*                                       Janne Krejsbol                Phil Weinberg
                                                              Rachel Wells
                                    Ed McKee                                           Caitlin Lawson***             Chris Wootton
                                    Jackie Walton            100 TO 149 HOURS          Melissa Lewis                 Jake Yune
                                   500 TO 1000 HOURS          Annette Anzalone*        Lisa Lieu                     Mike Zerbel
                                                              Anne Ardillo**           Julian Lockey
                                    Caitlyn Bishop
                                                              Sharon Berman            Justine MacLean*            1 TO 49 HOURS
                                    Darla Deme*                                                                      134 Volunteers
                                                              Arlene Davis***          Toni Madigan
                                    Vanessa Glidden***
                                                              Stephen Eding            Hamid Mahajer
                                    Alex Godbe**                                                                   *5-9 years’ service
                                                              Marian Eschen*           Holly Manley
                                    Brenda Goeden**                                                                **10-14 years’ service
                                                              Brian Fiala              Trinka Marris*
                                    Christine Margle                                                               ***15-19 years’ service
                                                              Geneva Fiore             Billie McGinnis**
                                    Melanie Piazza                                                                 ****20-25 year’s service
                                                              Chelsea Fischbach        Elizabeth McNally
                                    Mary Pounder*
                                                              Diana Gallagher          Livia McRee
                                    Françoise Samuelson*
                                                              Debra Green              Tricia Mieger               VETERINARIANS
                                    Susan Sasso**
                                                              Rita Hagen               Mira Millar                   Dr. Kenneth Bacon
                                    Lori Saul
                                                              Stephany Helbig          Kathleen Moore                Dr. Serena Brenner
                                    Linda Schmid
                                                              Alison Hermance          Tony Nelson                   Dr. Robert Erteman
                                    Stephen Shaw
                                                              John King                Cody Nelson                   Dr. Belinda Evans
                                    JoLynn Taylor**
                                                              Gina Kretz               Sara Nogueiro
                                                                                                                     Dr. Scott Ford
                                   200 TO 499 HOURS           Lynda Larsen*            Laurie Oman*
                                                                                                                     Dr. Deborah Friedman
                                                              Eileen Lau*              Kate Picchi
                                    Anne Barker                                                                      Dr. Lynn Lankes
                                                              Jasmine Lemons           Colette Rechany
                                    Richard Berenter                                                                 Dr. Debra Scheenstra
                                                              Lillian Lessler           .
                                                                                       P J. Rough
                                    Mary Blake*                                                                      Dr. Patricia Smith
                                                              Natasha Malt             Maria Rowell*
                                    Amy Blower
                                                              Tracy Manheim            Dede Sabbag*                  Dr. Brian Speer
                                    Lucy Burlingham**
                                                              Joe Mayberry***
                                    Cindy Dicke****
                                    Ralpha Jacobson
                                    Natalie Lowry
                                                              Celeste McAdam*
                                                              Jacqueline Nation
                                                              Barbara Nicholson
                                                                                      FINANCIAL SUPPORT
                                    Preeti Makwana
                                                              Kelly Ogan
                                                                                      In 2005, 3,221 individuals, businesses,
                                    Robin Minor
                                                              Eileen Perkins          corporations, associations and foundations
                                    Shanna Norwood
                                    Sarah Parker
                                                              Mary Pierce             provided funding to support WildCare.
                                                              Joyce Rietveld
                                    Jeanine Richardson***
                                                              Val Shushkewich
                                    Marianna Riser**
                                                              Angela Silletto
                                                                                      $50,000 AND ABOVE            $2,500 TO $4,999
                                    Maggie Rufo**                                      DMARLOU Foundation            Tommy Angell
                                                              Cathi Sim
                                    Kim Sandholdt                                                                    Mary C. Blake and Bart
                                                              Soma Sundarum
                                    Lyanne Schuster
                                                              Genevieve Turcotte
                                                                                      $25,000 TO $49,999               Miller
                                    Brenda Sherburn*                                   Marin Community               Thelma Doelger Trust for
                                                              Vicki Van Meter*
                                    Janet Sinnicks                                       Foundation                    Animals
                                                              Jan Wild**
                                    Eric Slessinger*                                   Susan Gray                    Marilyn Freund and Robert
                                                              Rebecca Yee
                                    Raya Smith                                         The Alexander M. and June       Bloomberg
                                                              Carson Young
                                    Victor Ullrich**                                     L. Maisin Foundation        Walter and Elise Haas Fund
                                    Linnea Von Ahn           50 TO 99 HOURS                                          Arthur H. Kern
                                    Piera Von Glahn*
                                                              Tonee Anthony
                                                                                      $10,000 TO $24,999             Luster Family Foundation
                                    Nancy Wright*                                      Anonymous                     Marin County Wildlife and
                                                              Jess Bailey
                                                                                       Glenn and Virginia Haldan       Fisheries Advisory
                                   150 TO 199 HOURS           Pamela Ball
                                                                                       Irene S. Scully Family          Committee
                                                              Bill Barnaby*                                          Milagro Foundation
                                    Adam Bien                                             Foundation
                                    Brittany Bonstin          Rorie Berman                                           Wells Fargo
                                                              Catherine Berner         County of Marin
                                    John Contini                                                                     Janis L. Wild
                                                              Suzanne Bourque          William H. Donner
                                    Cynthia Folkman**                                     Foundation               $1,000 TO $2,499
                                    Susy Friedman             Evan Brooks
                                                              Alana Cericola           George H. Sandy
                                    Shirley Gans****                                                                 Anonymous
                                    Sunny Hill*               Lani Chan                                              Adobe Systems
                                    Chris Jeans               Casey Concannn          $5,000 TO $9,999               Carlos and Toyoko Avila
                                    Denise Jones              Mary DeLap*                                            Mary M. Bachman and
                                                                                       Lorraine E. Cantor              William Downing
                                    Kelle Kacmarcik           Olga Doctors-Cahn        Holly and Christopher
                                                              Page Drummond                                          Joseph Barton and Jodie
                                    Nicole Kretz                                         Hollenbeck
                                                              Julia Fischer                                            Hawley
                                    Russ LaBelle*                                      Donald and Virginia
                                                              Alison Fuller*                                                   .
                                                                                                                     Deborah P Benton
                                    Andy Loumbas                                         Humphreys                   Pacific Capital Mortgage/
                                    Carole Manganaro          Jovette Godfrey          Independent Charities of        Silver Oak Realty
                                    Miriam Moser              Irina Goldshlag            America                     Nikkie Dillon
                                    Cornelia Nevitt           Noah Goldsmith           Thomas and Marianne           Melanie Donaghy
Photo credits (from top): JoLynn    M.L. Oxford*              Debbie Goodman             O’Connell                   Barbara and Richard Elam
                                    Corwin Parker             Courtney Gradl           Pacific Gas and Electric      Mary and Paul Elliott
Taylor, Melanie Piazza, Stephen     Willie Parrett            Carole Haan*               Company                     The Margot Fraser Fund of
Shaw, JoLynn Taylor, Stephen        Andrew Pedersen           Magrit Hall*             Rathmann Family                 the Marin Community
                                    Tynan Peterson            Dominique Hanchette**      Foundation                    Foundation
Shaw, JoLynn Taylor
                                   2 WildCare 415.453.1000                                                                   Annual Report 2005
  Dianne and Craig Fruin           Brian and Gail Lanigan         Roto-Rooter Plumbers             Lynda Moehling
  Lisa and Douglas Goldman         Philip A. Lathrap and          California Land Title of         Johnnie Moore and Lynn
    Fund                             Roberta Davis                   Marin                            Tennefoss
  Suzanne V. Golt                  Patricia and Richard Locke     Vicki and Glenn Campbell         Inge Morrison
  Julia Grant                      Julie Malet                    Gerald K. Carroll                Nina and Patrick Murphy
  Mary M. Griffin-Jones            Marin Builders Association     Dawn Carver                      Ruth and Edmund Nash
  Donald Hunt                      Marin County Veterinary        Amelia E. Chenoweth              Soo-Hi and Alan Nayer
  Estate of Henry Jackson            Medical Association          Sandra and Coy Christensen       Gordon and Elizabeth
  Kevin and Janey Kaster           Marin Sanitary Service         Diane and William Clarke            Neville
  Eleanor and Steven Kaufman       Mill Valley Market             Lucinda C. Colberg                       .
                                                                                                   Sheila F Nielsen
  Jean and Jack Kronfield          Nicole Montalbano and          Janell Cornforth and Paul        William K. Nisbet
  Juliet Lamont and Phil Price       Jonathan Richman                Bickner                       Jolyn O'Hare
  Robert and Arabella              Berneice and John Moore        James A. Coyle                   Eileen and Phillips Perkins
    Levorsen                       Tim and Nancy Muller           Peter and Janet Craddock         Regina Phelps
  George Lucas                     Kara D. Nossardi               John and Yvonne Crowley          Keelin Pohl
  James and Carol Matney           Mary O'Brien                   Nancy Dakin and David            Mary Pounder and David
  Robert and Frances               The Outdoor Art Club              Woltering                        Latour
    Mayberry                       M. L. Oxford                   Carole and Jon d'Alessio         Heather Preston and Alan
  Jane Miller                      Pacific Guarantee Mortgage     Darren Davis                        Mooers
  Sue and Dale Missimer            Pacific Union Community        Matt Dockstader                  R.A.B. Motors
  Gordon and Betty Moore             Fund / GMAC Real Estate      Wendy and John Doughty           William Robinson
    Foundation                     Noel and Jeffrey Perkins       Laurence Dreyfuss                St. Patrick's Church
  Marin Charitable Association     PIXAR                          Robert and Linda Dunn            Margaret Schadt
  Headlands Foundation             Patricia Post and Martin       Lois Enslow                      Ronald and Jean Schafer
  Frederick and Saga Perry           Vanderlaan                   Marian and Ingrid Eschen         Schumann Printers
  John and Ingrid Peterson, Jr.    Craig and Maja Ramsey          Charles and Lavinia Fischer      Christine Scott
  Raymond Family                   Margaret Rathmann and          Leticia and Ford Fish            Security Research Associates
    Foundation                       John Wick                    William S. Fisher                Selig Education and
  Estate of Ken Reichard           Mary Roberts and Guy Diehl     Frank Howard Allen Real             Environmental Fund
  Victoria Ann Rupp                Carolyn and Steven                Estate                        Suzanne D. Shelhart
  The Schultz Foundation             Rosenberg                                                     Eric Slessinger and Janice
                                                                  Katherine Freeman
  Daryl Thorogood                  Con and Susan Rusche                                               Lindsey
                                                                  Lila Friday
  Vehicle Donation Processing      Debra Scheenstra and David                                      Gail Smelick
                                                                  Richard E. Gagnon
    Center                           Curtis                                                        Sally and Jan Smit
  Rosalie and Ralph Webb                                          Susan Gardella
                                   Montecito Market Place         Renee Geist                      Laura Snelling
  William and Carollee               Association                                                   Margaret Spence
    Webber                                                        Helen Gonzalez
                                   Seal Rock Inn                  Steven Gorski                    Brian and Susan Stompe
  Janet H. Willis                  RoNelda and Larry Simmons                                       James H. Stoppello
  Karen Wilson and Todd                                           Madge Grahn
                                   Janet M. Sinnicks              Debra Green and Rhonda           J. D. Sullivan
    Tash                           Lisa and Hunter Spencer                                         Sean and Kathryn Sullivan
$500 TO $9,999                     Ann and Ellis Stephens                                          Brian and Suzanne Swift
                                                                  Martin and Joyce Griffin
                                   Kathleen Taft and Doug                                          Terra Linda Animal Rescue
  Anonymous                                                       Marjorie and David
                                     McConnell                                                        Club
  John and Jeanne Asdourian                                          Guggenhime
                                   John and Cheryl Terwilliger                                     Lynn Ellen Terwilliger and
  Katherine Baylor                                                Sally and William Held
                                   Melissa and Thomas                                                 Terry Farrell
  Margaret Bluth                                                  Michelle Hirth
                                     Thornhill                                                     Cynthia Anne Theobald
  Shirley and Peter Bogardus                                      George and Candace Hisert
                                   United Way of the Bay Area                                      Betty Toney and John Potter
  Veronica Bowers and Lance                                       Martha and Peter
                                   Ted and Betty Von Glahn                                         Cassandra Tregellas
    Groody                                                           Hollenbeck
                                   Margaret and Martin Zankel                                      Elfriede and Doris Tucker
  Maynard P and Katherine Z.                                      Dawn Hollerith
                                                                                                   Sharon Vick
    Buehler Foundation Fund       $250 TO $499                    Laura and Alan Honda
                                                                                                   Cynda and Chandu Vyas
    at the East Bay                                               Sandra L. Hope
    Community Foundation           Anonymous                                                       Kathleen Weiss
                                                                  E. Randolph Hust                 Ann and Lawrence Wheat
  Francine Castner and             Ted and Helen Abe
                                                                  Jack Irving                      Donald R. Wild
    Thomas Blower                  Robert and Nadine Akins        Dwight Johnson
  Anna Cease                       Julie Allecta                                                   Penny and Paul Wilkins
                                                                  Jeri Lynn and Jeffrey            Laurie and Bill Wilson
  Edward and Janis Cherry          Winifred & Harry Allen            Johnson
  James Clark, DVM                   Foundation                                                    Jane and Dean Woodman
                                                                  Gary and Gael Jones
  Jeanne and Howard Cohn                      Susan Jordan                  $100 TO $249
  Ransom and Glena Coleman         Robert and Jill Anderson       Raymond and Betty Jane
  Community Action Marin                                                                           576 donors
                                   John R. Arnold                    Kaliski
  David and Rebecca Conant         Steve Arnold                   Raymond Kaliski               $1 TO $99
  Carol Donohoe
                                   Robert and Patricia Atkinson   Janet and Damon Kerby            2,121 donors
  Diana Dormas
                                   Bank of Marin                  Annette and Peter Kerner
  Martha and Anthony Eason                                                                      IN-KIND GOODS AND
  Environmental Federation of      Bank of America Foundation     Astrid and Caroline
    California                     William H. Barnaby                Kristensen                 SERVICES
  Robert Erteman, DVM              Theodore Bayer                 La Ginestra
                                                                  Robin and William                  In 2005, WildCare
  Elton and Ruth Fox               Lynn Befera and Stephen
                                                                     Lamphere                   received over 390 dona-
  Alison and Brock Fuller            Gold
  Lindy Fung                       Donna Borok-Moss and           Ambrosia Pizza and Pasta      tions of goods and servic-
  Beverly George                                                  Jean B. Lott                  es valued at $90,000 from
                                     Jeffrey Moss
  Joy Graustark and Larry                                         Jennifer and Thomas Loucks    more than 296 individu-
                                   Barbara Boylan, M.D.
    Oesterich                                                     Margareta and Robert Luff
                                   Sharon and Joseph Bozic        Glenn Maley                   als and businesses.
  Sheila J. Hershon
                                   Sandy and David Brewer         Tracy and Bill Manheim                                                 Photo credits (from top): Robert
  IBM International
    Foundation                     Marilyn Brite                  Elizabeth McNally-Acton
                                   Ann and Donald Brown                                         We make every effort to ensure the       Bloomberg, Holly Manley, Stephen
  Irwin-Wells Associates                                             and Doug Acton
  Robert Kaliski                   Jean Buckley                   Livia McRee and Isaac Stone   accuracy of the information presented    Shaw, JoLynn Taylor, Kristin
  Vincent and Amanda               Jean Burns                     The Mechanics Bank            here. We apologize for any errors that   Mahoney, JoLynn Taylor, Barbara
    LaManna                        Neil and Mary Burton           Robin and David Minor         may have been missed.
Annual Report 2005                                                                WildCare 3
                                  CLINIC PATIENTS TREATED                                   Wren, Winter
                                                                                            Yellowthroat, Common
                                                                                                                        Rat, Black
                                                                                                                        Rat, Norway
                                                                                                                        Skunk, Striped
                                  In 2005 WildCare treated over 190 sepa-                                               Squirrel, Eastern Gray
                                  rate species of wildlife and gave 3,467 ill,             MAMMALIA              832    Squirrel, Fox (Douglas’)
                                                                                            Bat, California             Squirrel, Golden-mantled
                                  injured or orphaned animals a second                      Bat, Hoary                  Squirrel, Ground
                                  chance.                                                   Bat, Mexican Freetail       Squirrel, Western Gray
                                                                                            Bat, Pallid                 Vole, California Meadow
                                  AVES             2,575        Meadowlark, Western         Bat, Yuma Myotis            Weasel, Long-tailed
                                                                Merlin                      Bobcat                      Woodrat, Dusky-footed
                                   Avocet, American             Mockingbird, Northern       Cat, Ring-tailed
                                   Blackbird, Brewer’s          Murre, Common               Chipmunk                   REPTILIA/AMPHIBIA 56
                                   Blackbird, Red-winged        Nuthatch, Pygmy             Coyote                      Lizard, Northern Alligator
                                   Blackbird, Tricolored        Nuthatch, White-breasted    Deer, Mule                  Lizard, Western Fence
                                   Bluebird, Western            Oriole, Hooded              Elk, Tule                   Rattlesnake, Western
                                   Bufflehead                   Osprey                      Fox, Gray                   Salamander, Arboreal
                                   Bushtit                      Owl, Barn                   Gopher, Botta’s Pocket      Salamander, California Tiger
                                   Chickadee, Black-capped      Owl, Burrowing              Jackrabbit, Black-tailed    Skink, Western
                                   Chickadee, Chestnut-backed   Owl, Great Horned           Mole, Broad-footed          Snake, Common Garter
                                   Coot, American               Owl, Long-eared             Mouse, Brush                Snake, Gopher
                                   Cormorant, Brandt’s          Owl, Spotted                Mouse, Deer                 Snake, Western Yellow-bel-
                                   Cormorant, Double-crested    Owl, Western Screech        Mouse, House                  lied Racer
                                   Cormorant, Pelagic           Pelican, American White     Opossum, Virginia           Snake, Sharp-tailed
                                   Cowbird, Brown-headed        Pelican, Brown              Otter, River                Turtle, Eastern Box
                                   Creeper, Brown               Phalarope, Red              Rabbit, Brush               Turtle, Red-eared Slider
                                   Crow, American               Pheasant                    Raccoon, Northern           Turtle, Western Pond
                                   Dove, Diamond                Phoebe, Black
                                   Dove, Mourning               Pigeon
                                   Dove, Ringed Turtle-         Pigeon, Band-tailed        REASON FOR ADMISSION
                                   Duck, Domestic               Poorwill, Common
                                   Duck, Gadwall                                             Dying/suffering                     19       0.6%
                                                                Quail, California
                                   Eagle, Golden                Rail, Virginia               Approachable, tame, lethargic       52       1.5%
                                   Egret, Cattle                Raven, Common                Attacked by animal                  49       1.4%
                                   Egret, Great                 Robin, American
                                   Falcon, Peregrine                                         Caught by cat                      495      14.3%
                                                                Rock Dove
                                   Finch, Cassin’s              Sandpiper, Least             Caught by dog                       46       1.3%
                                   Finch, House                 Sandpiper, Western           Fell from nest                     400      11.5%
                                   Finch, Purple                Sapsucker, Red-breasted
                                   Flicker, Northern                                         Grounded, beached                  649      18.7%
                                                                Scaup, Greater
                                   Flicker, Red-shafted         Scaup, Lesser                Hit by car                         163       4.7%
                                   Flycatcher, Olive-sided      Scoter, Surf                 Hit window                         119       3.4%
                                   Flycatcher, Pacific Slope    Siskin, Pine
                                   Fulmar, Northern                                          Injured, crippled, fishhook        244       7.0%
                                                                Snipe, Common
                                   Gadwall                      Sora                         Nest damaged/removed, tree cut     252       7.3%
                                   Goldeneye, Common            Sparrow, Fox                 Orphaned, abandoned, lost,
                                   Goldfinch, American          Sparrow, Golden-crowned
                                   Goldfinch, Lesser                                           kidnapped                        467      13.5%
                                                                Sparrow, House (English)
                                   Goose, Canada                Sparrow, Song                Poisoned, shot, trapped             37       1.1%
                                   Grebe, Eared                 Sparrow, White-crowned       Sick, circling, disoriented         90       2.6%
                                   Grebe, Pied-billed           Starling, European
                                   Grebe, Western                                            Stuck, trapped, oiled, tangled,
                                                                Swallow, Barn
                                   Grosbeak, Black-headed       Swallow, Cliff                  in water                        178        5.1%
                                   Gull, California             Swallow, Northern Rough-     Transferred, consultation,
                                   Gull, Glaucous-winged           winged
                                   Gull, Heermann’s                                            quarantine                         97       2.8%
                                                                Swallow, Violet-green
                                   Gull, Mew                    Swift, Chimney               Unknown, emaciated,
                                   Gull, Ring-billed            Swift, White-throated          hypothermic                      114        3.3%
                                   Gull, Western                Tanager, Summer
                                   Hawk, Cooper’s               Tanager, Western
                                   Hawk, Red-shouldered         Tern, Caspian
                                   Hawk, Red-tailed             Thrush, Hermit             2005 WILDLIFE INTAKE BY MONTH
                                   Hawk, Sharp-shinned          Thrush, Varied
                                   Heron, Black-crowned Night   Titmouse, Oak
                                   Heron, Great Blue            Towhee, California
                                   Heron, Green                 Towhee, Spotted
                                   Hummingbird, Allen’s         Turkey, Wild
                                   Hummingbird, Anna’s          Vireo, Warbling
                                   Hummingbird, Rufous          Vulture, Turkey
                                   Jay, Scrub                   Warbler, Macgillivray’s
                                   Jay, Steller’s               Warbler, Orange-crowned
                                   Junco, Dark-eyed             Warbler, Townsend’s
                                   Kestrel, American            Warbler, Wilson’s
                                   Killdeer                     Warbler, Yellow-rumped
                                   Kingfisher, Belted           Waxwing, Cedar
                                   Kinglet, Ruby-crowned
Photo credits (from top): Tom      Kite, White-tailed
                                                                Woodpecker, Acorn
                                                                Woodpecker, Downy
O’Connell, Robert Bloomberg,       Loon, Common                 Woodpecker, Nuttall’s
Joyce Rietveld, Melanie Piazza,    Loon, Red-throated           Wren, Bewick’s
                                   Mallard                      Wren, House
JoLynn Taylor, Melanie Piazza
                                  4 WildCare 415.453.1000                                                                      Annual Report 2005
                 patient                                                                   ferred to
                                                                                           WildCare from
                                                                                           the Napa
                                                                                                                           River Otter (#0049) was brought
                                                                                                                       to WildCare on January 30, when
                                                                                                                       Marin Humane Society officer Winnie

                 gallery                                                                   Wildlife Center.
                                                                                           The grebe
                                                                                       thwarted cap-
                                                                                                                       Kelly responded to a call reporting an
                                                                                                                       otter on Highway 37 that appeared
                                                                                                                       confused and stressed. On examina-
                    Western Pond                                                                                       tion, he was found to be missing his

                                        Melanie Piazza
                                                                                       ture efforts for
                 Turtle (#0006) was                                                    half an hour                    right eye and to have a pellet embed-
                 found January 2 on                                                    before                          ded above his nose. Bruising and
                 Highway 1 by Kolle                                                    WildCare staff                  swelling indicated he had also been hit
                 Kahle-Riggs. Most likely washed out of      and volunteers with nets (by then also                    by a car.
                 his usual home by the New Year’s Day        muddy, cold and wet) were
                 floods, an old wound to his face indi-      finally able to capture the cold,
                 cated he had either been attacked by a      starving bird. The netting
                 predator or hit by a car. Wound clean-      was removed and no
                 ing revealed he was missing the entire      injuries were found; howev-
                 left half of his face and he was taken to   er, the netting had prevent-

                                                                                                      Melanie Piazza
                 Drs. Bacon and Lankus of Central            ed him from preening his
                 Marin Cat & Exotics for evaluation.         feathers to maintain their
                      Western Pond Turtles are threat-       waterproofing. He required
                 ened by the hardier Louisiana native        specialized care in a warm
                                                             pool until he could gain                                              Although he immediately
                 Red-eared Pond Slider, introduced in                                                                          ate nearly 100 smelt, he was
                                                             weight and improve his
                 the Bay Area as children’s pets in the                                                                        too calm, unaggressive and
                                                             feather condition. He
                 1950s, and later illegally released. This                                                                     uncoordinated for a healthy
                                                             was transferred to spe-
                 turtle was put on a course of antibiotics                                                                     adult otter. Medical staff were
                                                             cialized facilities at
                 and wound treatments, and unable or                                                                           unsure if his docility was due
                                                             International Bird
                 unwilling to eat, was tube fed until he                                                                       to head trauma or distemper
                                                             Research and Rescue
                 was stable enough to undergo surgery        Center in Fairfield.                                              (a viral infection), as both
                 on January 19. Volunteering their serv-                                                                       cause similar symptoms. He
                                                                                      JoLynn Taylor

                 ices, the veterinarians anesthetized the        Rock Doves                                                    was given time and supportive
                 animal and inserted tiny stainless steel    (#3064, 3080 and                                                  care. After five days he became
                 supporting pins around the missing          3081) were trapped                                                non-responsive and began
                 area, and then attached a dental acrylic    in a pet store in Corte Madera with sev-                  experiencing seizures
                 prosthetic.                                 eral other birds. Rescuer Teresa                          (symptoms of distemper)
                                                             Ragsdale had been trying to encourage                     and was euthanized.
                     Within 2 days he began eating. Still    the store to put up a plastic barrier cur-
                 on antibiotics to treat the pneumonia       tain in their loading dock area when
                                                                                                                           Striped Skunk
                 which developed from contamination                                                                    (unnumbered) was
                                                             she noticed the birds were injured.
                 to his exposed nasal opening, his prog-                                                               excluded (much prefer-
                                                             Theresa was finally able to capture the
                 nosis for release is excellent.                                                                       able to being admit-
                                                             injured pigeons on February 6 and 13.                                                 Melanie Piazza
                                                                                                                       ted!) from WildCare on
                                                             Examination at WildCare showed that
                                                                                                                       December 20, 2005.
                                                             two had broken legs; one still had pel-
                                                                                                                       During the previous
                                                             lets in the leg and chest. Both pellets                   week, volunteers on
                                                             were removed, and pain medications                        each morning shift assumed afternoon
                                                             and antibiotics administered. The leg                     volunteers the day before were shirking
                                                             fractures were were set and splinted,                     their duty by leaving a canister of dog
                                                             and the birds underwent changes of                        food tipped over on the floor. One
                                                             dressings every three days until the                      evening during a training class, howev-
                                                             fractures healed. All were released by                    er, a crash came from the kitchen and a
                                                             March 20.
Melanie Piazza

                                                                                                                       quick (and brave!) volunteer ran in just
                                                                  While these wounds probably were                     in time to see a black tail disappear into
                                                             not caused by children, pellet and bee-                   the laundry room. The next day,
                                                             bee gun injuries seen at WildCare do                      WildCare Facilities Manager Jacob Fries
                      Pied-billed Grebe (#0012) was          increase significantly after the holidays,                discovered the skunk had found an
                 observed tangled in garden netting out-     often the result of “toy” guns given as                   entry into the food storage area through
                 side WildCare in Mahone Creek on            gifts. The larger, more numerous avian                    a dryer vent behind the appliance.
                 January 7 when volunteer Dotty Most         species such as doves and crows are                       Jacob sealed the breach. The skunk
                 arrived with songbirds being trans-         tempting and easy targets.                                now dines elsewhere.

                 Spring/Summer 2006                                                                                     WildCare 7
the environmental approach...

That’s Education!
    W    ildCare is well-known for its
popular Terwilliger Nature Camps,
                                         of owl boxes. Today the Hungry
                                         Owl Project has expanded to
guided Field Trips and Nature Van.       include outreach programs and
They are the traditional education       events with live educational owls.
programs that came to WildCare                Wildlife Ambassadors are
when the California Center for           some of the most powerful educa-
Wildlife merged with the Terwilliger     tors of all. New naturalized habitats
Nature Education Center in 1994.         with interpretive signage in the         Volunteer Rebecca Yee cleans cages in the morning then
Since then WildCare has added a          courtyard and museum give casual         uses our new microscope to expand her knowledge of para-
wide range of more non-traditional       visitors an opportunity to educate       sitology in the afternoon. Photos by Melanie Piazza and
public education programs that are       themselves, discovering how each         Stephen Shaw.
not as well recognized—most of           animal was affected by human             among us. It follows that they will
them dependent upon volunteers.          behavior. In outreach programs, a        be more likely to value its conserva-
    “Every encounter with a mem-         human interpreter brings a Wildlife      tion in the future.
ber of the public is an educational      Ambassador to a group or event.
opportunity,” says Mary Pounder,         Children and adults who see a live
                                                                                  Volunteer Education Programs
Educational Program Specialist.          animal not only learn its natural his-        WildCare volunteers come from
WildCare’s education and rehabilita-     tory, but learn to value its place       all walks of life, and get big educa-
tion staff and volunteers work close-                                             tional rewards in exchange for their
ly together to be certain that every     Volunteers learn, then share                           time. Each year,
engagement with a member of the          with others. Lori Saul (right)                         WildCare staff will train
                                         works with Kali, a Red-shoul-                          more than 250 new vol-
public—whether it is a hospital
                                         dered Hawk; Ed McKee (below)                           unteers. Once trained,
client bringing in an injured animal,
                                         uses behavioral enrichment                             many volunteers
a casual visitor to the courtyard or a   techniques that prevent bore-
childrens’ school program—is a chance                                                           become trained supervi-
                                         dom for pool birds while
to open an educational dialog.           demonstrating their natural
                                                                                                sors and teachers them-
                                         behaviors to visitors. Photos by                       selves.
Ambassador Programs                                                                                 Hospital volun-
                                         JoLynn Taylor
    Pool Bird Feedings are                                                                      teers are trained to care
more than just throwing fish to                                                                 for roughly 200 species
our sea birds. Two feedings each                                                                of wildlife each year.
day (12:30pm and 4:30pm)                                                                        They learn species iden-
engage visitors and offer us an                                                   tification, diet, physiology, animal
opportunity to answer species-                                                    behavior and psychology, hospital
specific questions, while intro-                                                  hygiene and wildlife medicine.
ducing the concept of behavioral                                                       Wildlife Ambassador volun-
enrichment for animals that live                                                  teers are trained to handle our resi-
in captive care.                                                                  dent birds and animals, and to
    The Hungry Owl Project,                                                       engage groups of people in a better
conceived in 2001 by a small                                                      understanding of various species.
dedicated core of hospital volun-                                                      Student volunteers aged 12-17
teers, has been wildly successful                                                 learn to care for the Wildlife
in raising public awareness                                                       Ambassadors and help with hospital
about the benefits of natural                                                     support duties, while mastering
rodent control through the use                                                    interpersonal skills at the same time.
8 WildCare 415.453.1000                                                                                        Spring/Summer 2006
                                                                                                           Mrs. T’s Corner
                                                                 American culture, wildlife and
                                                                 ecosystems—as well as teaching
                                                                 techniques. With the tools to contin-
                                                                 ue their self-education in the field,
                                                                 they engage school groups in envi-
                                                                 ronmental issues that affect us all.
                                                                     Hotline volunteers field 4,000-
                                                                 7,000 wildlife-related calls each
                                                                 year, and become specialists in edu-
                                                                 cating homeowners, hikers, rescuers              “Teach children to love nature;
                                                                                                             people take care of what they love.”
                                                                 and gardeners in wildlife identifica-
                                                                                                                             –Elizabeth Terwilliger
                                                                 tion, natural history and humane
                                                                 wildlife exclusion.                          T    o honor those who, like Mrs. T,
                                                                                                           share their love of nature with others,
                                                                 The WildCare Experience                   WildCare presents the Terwilliger
                                                                                                           Environmental Award each January at
                                                                      More one-on-one education is         the Nature Lovers Ball. This year’s
                                                                 available to a wide variety of ages       recipient is Leora Feeney, Chair of
                                                                 and interests. Birthday parties, after-   Friends of the Alameda Wildlife Refuge.
                                                                 school programs, and guided group              For decades Leora has demonstrat-
                                                                 tours can be scheduled with               ed the value and the wonder of nature
                                                                                                           in Alameda’s urban backyard. A trained
                                                                 WildCare’s education department
                                                                                                           wildlife biologist, she has collaborated
                                                                 staff, who tailor an experience for       with many members of her community
                                                                 each group. Drop-in visitors can use      to establish the Alameda National
                                                                 our educational materials and taxi-       Wildlife Refuge on 565 acres previously
                                                                                                           occupied by the Naval Air Station.
                                                                 dermy specimens to learn about
                                                                                                           There a host of migratory species, as
                                                                 nature at a casual pace.                  well as endangered Brown Pelicans and
                                                                 WildCare’s Newsmagazine and               Least Terns, still return each year.
                                                                 Website                                        Working with youth and adult vol-
                                                                                                           unteers, Leora has developed the
                                                                      WildCare’s newsmagazine is           Golden Gate Audubon Society’s envi-
                                                                 designed to be educational, whether       ronmental education program for
                                                                                                           Alameda third, fourth and fifth graders,
                                                                 directly, as in regular features like
                                                                                                           targeted primarily at diverse and often
                                                                 Living with Wildlife and Just for Kids,   under-served schools. This program
                                                                 or indirectly, as in the Patient          includes classroom presentations, activ-
                                                                 Gallery, in which stories illustrate      ities, slide lectures, field trips and
                                                                                                           hands-on learning opportunities in on-
                                                                 how—for better or worse—humans
                                                                                                           the-ground habitat restoration. Without
                                                                 and wildlife interact. It is mailed to    it, many students would never find
                                                                 members and donors and can be             such opportunities, and the birds they
The WildCare experience: all ages can drop in to experience      found at various locations around         study would lose even more ground.
a little bit of the world of nature just across the footbridge   Marin County.                                  What Leora Feeney has done, and
from Albert Park—whether it is live or taxidermy! Photos by           WildCare’s website                   continues to do, is to work for some of
JoLynn Taylor                                                                                              the Bay Area’s smallest creatures to help
                                                                 ( is avail-       save us all. Her commitment, persist-
    Terwilliger Nature Guides                                    able 24 hours a day with education-       ence, patience and compassion—as
                                                                 al information on living with             well as her environmental experience
learn the basics of five different Bay
                                                                 wildlife and who to contact in a          and expertise—link her closely to the
Area habitats—an education that                                                                            naturalist for whom this award is
                                                                 wildlife emergency.                       named.
includes geology, botany, Native

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          volunteer                        news and notes...
      ex t r a o r d i n a i r e …         Continued from page 3                                      Leora Feeney was awarded
                                           24 hours per week. Three to four                           the Terwilliger Environmental
                                           spaces are available; interns report to                    Award at the Nature Lovers
                                           the Director of Animal Care. Contact                       Ball. Photo by John Luther
                                           Melanie Piazza.
                                                                                                      support from sponsors—PG&E,
                                                 Term 1: April 10 – July 9                            Autodesk, Birkenstock Footprint
                                                 Term 2: May 8 – August 13                            Sandals, GreenLight Solar, Marin Self
                                                 Term 3: July 23 – September 24                       Storage and Wine Vaults, Bank of
                                                                                                      Marin, Northcoast Native Nursery,
                                           Creatures of the Night                                     Lydia’s Organics, Wells Fargo Bank,
                                                Members and friends of WildCare                       Anonymous, Mary Blake, William
                                           enjoyed a glittering Nature Lovers Ball                    Dreskin Photography, Don and Ginger
                                           at The Presidio Officers’ Club in                          Humphreys, Dr. Debra Scheenstra, Bill
                                           January, where other Creatures of the                      and Lee Webber, Julie Malet, Neville
      M    aria Kent Rowell has been
 the backbone of WildCare’s
                                           Night—Hoary Bat Echo, Barn Owl
                                           Wookie, and Great Horned Owl Obi
                                                                                                      Building and Healthworks Total Fitness
                                                                                                      —made it a wonderful evening.
 Terwilliger Field Trip site at Spring     Wan amazed and delighted all with a                             Our grateful thanks go to event
 Lake—WildCare’s only site in              real glimpse of the wild.                                  chair Mary Blake and her committee,
 Sonoma County—for over 10 years.                                                                     sponsors, guests, auction donors and
 Because of guides like Maria, Spring                                                                 shoppers for making it a very success-
 Lake remains a valuable resource for                                                                 ful event; funds raised will support
 teachers and schools too far from                                                                    WildCare programs in the coming year.
 Marin to be convienient to the sites
 farther south.                                                                                       Promise Them Tomorrow
      Dedication and hard work are                                                                        Leave the wildlife of today with the
 second nature to Maria. Before she                                                                   promise of tomorrow—include
 and her husband Peter moved to                                                                       WildCare in your will, estate plan or
 Sebastopol in 1993, she had volun-        Echo the Hoary Bat added a bit of wild night life to the   charitable remainder trust. With your
 teered in Palo Alto as an outdoor         Nature Lovers Ball. Photo by Kristin Mahoney               help, we can be here to provide for the
 nature educator and naturalist with                                                                  future of wildlife and the environment.
 Environmental Volunteers. When                Doug McConnell of Bay Area                             Contact us at 415.453.1000, ext.13 or
 they moved to Sonoma, she also            Backroads acted as Master of                      Thank you.
 joined Fairfield Osborn Preserve in       Ceremonies, presenting the $2,000
 Penngrove.                                Terwilliger Environmental Award to                         Yahoo! Goodsearch!
      For WildCare, Maria generously       Leora Feeney, Chair of Friends of the                           GoodSearch will donate $0.01 to
 donates her knowledge and long            Alameda Wildlife Refuge, on behalf of                      WildCare for every search you do on
 experience in publishing and natural      WildCare and presenting sponsor, The                       the internet. Just go to www.good-
 science, contributing much more           Pacific Gas and Electric Company.                 and designate WildCare.
 than the hours she spends guiding.            Food from Insalata’s, music from                       Find out more on our website
 As the Spring Lake Public Relations       Funksway, a fabulous silent auction and          
 Coordinator since 2001, Maria
 recruits volunteer Terwilliger Nature
 Guides from Sonoma County,                                   THEIR LIVES ARE IN YOUR HANDS!
 researching publications, contacting
 editors, writing press releases and
 circulating flyers for training. Maria
                                                The long day-
                                           light hours of spring
                                                                                                                      support tasks like laun-
                                                                                                                      dry, dishes and answering
                                           and summer mean                                                            phones. We offer a flexi-
 also helps keep the nature guides in                                                                                 ble schedule; no prior
 Sonoma County connected to                long hours of work at
                                           a busy wildlife hospi-                                                     experience is necessary.
                                           tal. Orphaned wild                                                            Call 415-453-1000,
      “I love the interaction with chil-   babies need care from                                                      ext. 21 or email volun-
 dren as well as the camaraderie of        dawn to dusk, and we                                             
 other Nature Guides with their var-       need volunteers aged 18 and older to                       to learn more.
 ied backgrounds and interests,”           help clean, feed and care for them!
 writes Maria, “(and, frankly, …it                                                                         Just four hours a week can make
 keeps me sane).”                               Please help us. You will be trained                   all the difference to the recovery of an
                                           to help in all aspects of animal care and                  injured wild animal!
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just for kids...

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                                          April - August, 2006
                                          S c h e d u l e o f E ve n t s
  Museum and Courtyard                            Wildlife Ambassadors*                     Wildlife Rehabilitation
       Programs                            Ambassadors in the Courtyard FREE                       Programs
                                             Pool Bird feeding: daily 12:30 & 4:30pm
     Terwilliger Nature Camps                                                                 New Volunteer Orientations
Summer Camps, San Rafael
 Growing up Wild
                                             Terwilliger Nature Guide                    Orientation for Adult Volunteers, 1-5pm
                                                     Programs                              One-hour orientation followed by
   June 12-19, 9am-noon, ages 3-4
                                                                                         100–Introduction to Wildlife
 Planet Protectors                         Fall Nature Guide Training        $50.00        Rehabilitation                  $40.00
   June 19-23, 9am-3pm, ages 6-8              September 16–November 18                       April 15     May 6       June 10
 Helping Hands for Wildlife
                                                                                              July 8     August 5 September 9
   June 26-30, 9am-3pm, ages 7-9
 Wet and Wild
                                                          Events                         Orientation for Student Volunteers
   July 5-7, 9am-noon, ages 5-6                   Beastie Bargain Bonanza*               Pre-registration is mandatory.
 Weird and Wonderful                                    Donate: Friday                      May 24 or 25, 7-8pm           FREE
   July 5-7, 12:30-3:30pm, ages 5-6                   April 21 8am-7pm
 Nature Thought of it First                       Shop: Saturday and Sunday                      Classes for Volunteers
   July 10-14, 9am-3pm, ages 7-9                     April 22-23, 9-4pm                     Visit for
 Exploring Wild California                                                                 monthly class schedules. Classes are
                                                    Spring Baby Shower*                    $10.00 each unless otherwise noted.
   July 17-21, 9am-3pm, ages 6-8                   Sunday, April 23, 1-4pm
 Awesome Avians                                                                          101C–Zoonoses
                                             Suggested donation $7 ($5 for members)      102–Basic Songbird Skills
   July 24-28, 9am-noon, ages 5-6
 Marvelous Mammals                                     Got Gophers?                      103–Living with Wildlife Hotline
   July 24-28, 12:30-3:30pm, ages 5-6              Hungry Owl Project and                201–Wildlife Handling & Restraint
 Helping Hands for Wildlife                    the Marin Art & Garden Center’s           202A–Captive Care for Wildlife
   July 31-Aug 4, 9am-3pm, ages 7-9               Garden Education Council               203–Baby Mammal Care
 Animal Athletes                                    May 4, 6:30-9:30pm                   207–Necropsy
   Aug 7-11, 9am-3pm, ages 6-8                  $25 prepaid, $30 at the door             211–Wound Treatment
 Creatures of the Light                       Reservations call 415-454-4587             219–Suturing
   Aug 14-18, 9am-noon, ages 5-6                                                         220–Intake Triage
 Creatures of the Night
                                                      The Human Race                     307–Hummingbirds
   Aug 14-18, 12:30-3:30pm, ages 5-6
                                                 Saturday, May 13, 7-11:30am             313–Reptile Captive Care
 Animal Senses                                                                           403–Supervisor Training
                                                      Dining for Wildlife
   Aug 21-25, 9am-noon, ages 3-4                    Tuesday and Wednesday
Summer Camps, China Camp                              May 23-24, 6-9pm                                                 at i n g
 Wildlife Adventures                                                                                            Ce lebr ars!
  July 17-21, 8:30am-2:30pm, ages 10-12                                   Joys of Hiking                         30 ye
 Wildlife Adventures
  Aug 14-18, 8:30am-2:30pm, ages 10-12                              Thursdays, 9:30am-2pm $45.00/series
                                                  Series VI: March 30, April 6, 13, 20 + Series VII: May 11, 18, 25, June 1
    Camp scholarships available
                                               Call 415-454-3250 or 415-883-4182 for reservations.
       *Pre-registration is required for all programs and events except those noted with an asterisk.
                                                   Call 415-453-1000
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