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                                 Sierra Wildlife Rescue Newsletter
                                                                                                                              Volume 14 Issue 1
Spring/Summer 2010

Welcome to Our New Wildlife Center!
        WR has moved to its new location                                                            and classes, as well as team, Board, and
        at 3030 Newtown Road! The move                                                              other meetings. During the late spring and
        represents another step forward in            The move represents another                   summer months, from May 1 through July
fulfilling SWR’s mission to constantly im-                                                          30, the Center will transform into a hos-
prove our capabilities to rehabilitate and
                                                         step forward in fulfilling                 pital and orphanage for baby birds. It will
release wildlife, and to educate the public            SWR’s mission to constantly                  also serve as a transfer location for any
on how to live peacefully with their wild                                                           orphaned or injured mammals that are
neighbors.                                               improve our capabilities                   brought to the Center, rather than directly
     SWR Team Leaders met in November,                                                              to home rehabbers. The open floor plan
2009, to create the layout of the space and             to rehabilitate and release                 will be partitioned off to separate nursery,
brainstorm the uses of the new building. It                                                         triage and reception areas.
was an exciting process, as the new Center                wildlife, and to educate                       The move of equipment and supplies
has approximately 2400 square feet, nearly                                                          to the new facility was accomplished by
twice as much room as our last location.                          the public.                       dedicated volunteers in November, and
                                                                                                    the setup for the spring/summer season
                                                                                                    will be completed by May. The new Center
                                                                                                    also has space to grow creative ideas for
                                                                            funding, as well as     helping wildlife. If you have talents or ideas
                                                                            educational books       to contribute, please share them by con-
                                                                            and other materials.    tacting Debbie Datilio, SWR President, at
                                                                            The new Center also     doodles.01@hotmail.com or Dave Cook,
                                                                            has a back garden/      Director of Animal Care, at deerdave@
                                                                            patio that will offer   sbcglobal.net.
                                                                            a break area for vol-                        — Melinda Frost-Hurzel
                                                                            unteers, as well
                                                                            as front yard
                                                                            rose beds and
                                                                            a    landscaped
    The new SWR Wildlife Center is located at 3030 Newtown Rd., Placerville area around the
                                                                            entry sign. Our
There is ample space for all the needed own, actual Master Gardener (lucky
areas: reception, office, classroom, tri- us!), Karen Samoian, has volunteered
age, isolation, pharmacy, nursery, animal to care for and improve our garden.
transfer, kitchen, and amazing amounts                      The Team Leaders identified two
of storage. Up front, near the reception periods of use: fall/winter and spring/
area, we are creating a “wildlife educa- summer. In the early spring, fall and
tion store,” which will display our T-shirts winter, the open floor plan will lend                      The Reception Area, ready for visitors
and other saleable items to help with our itself to use for public education events

                                              SIERRA WILDLIFE RESCUE’S MISSION STATEMENT
                  The purpose of SWR is the preservation of El Dorado County’s wildlife, which we work to achieve in two ways:
 First, we rehabilitate and release injured and orphaned wild animals. Second, we educate the public about living with wildlife and respecting
                         its habitat. Each of these is important to the long-term health and well-being of our area’s wildlife.
                                                                                                                                         PAW PRINT   • 1
                Please Give Wildlife a Brake
       ierra Wildlife Rescue rehabbers receive hundreds of                    is approaching a squirrel in the road, and you can safely
       orphaned and injured wild babies and adults an-                            do so, SLOW DOWN AND STOP! With their keen
       nually. Many are injured by predators, or ill,                                 hearing, squirrels will react to a honk or two, but
but many more are the victims of vehicles, or are                                        do not move on until you can see that the squir-
orphaned because their mother has been killed                                               rel has run over the nearest bank or up a
by one. Deer, squirrels, skunks and opossums                                                    nearby tree.
appear to be the primary victims, although                                                                 Obviously, if someone is follow-
vehicles also hit many other species.                                                                  ing you closely when you stop for
People often expect that the animal                                                                       any animal, you should put your
will “see” their vehicle coming in                                                                         arm out of the window, in the
time to run off, but this is a fallacy.                                                                    “slow and stop” signal.
     Although instinct and expe-                                                                           Skunks have such poor eyesight
rience over millions of years have                                                                      that they cannot see more than a
prepared wildlife with behaviors to                                                                 foot ahead. They are naturally slow-
help them avoid, outrun and fool natural                                                         moving, although they can scuttle away
predators, their reaction times are not geared                                                rapidly if threatened. But, by the time they
to coping with high-speed vehicles. Particular                                             observe a vehicle, it is usually too late. When
problems occur in the foothills, but vehicle encoun-                                    babies are present, they follow Mom single-file
ters with wildlife are also occurring more frequently in                             along a road. Last year, a mother skunk and six out
suburban and urban areas. Understanding the animals’                              of seven babies were mowed down by a car; the seventh
instinctual behaviors may help drivers to avoid some of the                    somehow survived and was rescued by SWR. If a skunk
tragic interactions with vehicles that lead to major injuries            is crossing the road, stop, and be patient while it waddles to
and, often, death.                                                       safety. Adult skunks may be hurried along by a honk, also, but
     As an example, squirrels often dash back and forth across           don’t move on until the animal is well off the road.
a vehicle’s path, seemingly unable to decide how to avoid the                 Opossums are also slow movers, so brake for them, and
on-rushing “enemy.” This behavior is largely because, being so           be patient. If you do hit a female ‘possum, or see one dead in
small, most of their natural enemies—hawks, coyotes, bob-                the road, her babies may be still alive in her pouch. If you can
cats and others—appear as a large object above them when                 safely do so, pull off the road and examine her. If you find a
attacking, and a car or truck looming over them also seems               pouchful of live babies, use gloves to place them in a small box
like a predator.                                                         with soft cloths or blankets, keep them warm, and call Sierra
     Their first instinct is to climb if there is a tree handy, but      Wildlife as soon as possible.
their second is avoidance, by running in a zigzagging pattern                 Deer travel in herds so, if you come upon one or two deer,
to confuse a large predator. This reaction also confuses driv-           stop and wait. Even if they cross and move off the road, there
ers, usually to the disadvantage of the squirrel. If your vehicle                                                      continued on page 6

          SWR Board of Directors

                  President: Debbie Datilio
                  Treasurer: Birgit Mathis
                Vice President: Judith Punch
                 Secretary: Delores Wydra
                     Members at Large:
                Traci Matoski, Kelli Moulden,
                Linda Mueller, Marty Owen,
                                                         SWR Board, pictured from left: Judy Monestier, Marty Owen, Delores Wydra, Debbie Datilio, Linda
                       Francie Waller
                                                          Mueller, Traci Matoski, Birgit Mathis. Not present: Judith Punch, Kelli Moulden, Francie Waller.
                                                 WILDLIFE CLOSE-UP

             The Bullock’s Oriole
               (Icterus bullockii)

       he Bullock’s Oriole winters in west-             bolder in temperament, so you may see
       ern Mexico, and in late April arrives            her more often.                                                         Male Bullock’s Oriole (Phil Meyers,
       in the Sierra foothills, ready for                     After a couple of song-filled weeks                               Photographer, Museum of Zoology,
courtship and nesting. The males return                 comes utter silence. Nest building is                                   University of Michigan)
a bit before the females and begin softly               complete, and three to seven bluish eggs
“chirring” in tall trees in our gardens. They           are in the cradle. According to Birds of                       If you’re lucky enough to see
need a few days of recuperation before                  North America, the female usually builds
                                                        the hanging nest alone, but both male                            him, you’ll find the male
                                                        and female incubate the eggs and feed                        Bullock’s Oriole a flashy fellow
                                                        the young.
                                                              Last May, a pair of Bullock’s began                    indeed—brilliant orange and
                                                        whispering softly in our tallest oak. Then
                                                        I saw the female flying about busily. I                     yellow, with a slim black mask
                                                        sneaked a look out the window, and spot-                      above his needle-sharp beak.
                                                        ted her in the yucca plants. Carefully, she
                                                        peeled a thin thread from the edge of a
                                                        yucca leaf, and then another and another,                       To feed their young, both parents
                                                        till she had a mouthful. Then up she dart-                 glean insects from the leaves of deciduous
The female Bullock’s Oriole is equally beautiful, and   ed, out of sight.                                          trees. They also love ripe fruit. You can set
           a bit bolder in temperament.                       The nest in the picture shows how                    out half an orange, say, on a fence post—be
starting their territorial song, a four-tone            orioles use whatever they can scrounge.                    sure to nail it down! If Bullock’s are nest-
warble—lovely, but not as melodious as                                                                             ing nearby, they’ll find it. They’ll also find
that of their Baltimore cousins back East.                                                                         your cherries and strawberries, whether
     When you hear that chirr, you know                                                                            you give them leave or not.
they have arrived. Then they add one                                                                                    Sierra Wildlife Rescue gets in sev-
clear note. Next, two, and finally the full-                                                                       eral baby Bullock’s every year, identified
song, four. Once you’re familiar with their                                                                        among very similar babies by long, taper-
voices, the timbre is unmistakable, even in                                                                        ing beaks and tiny golden tail feathers, vis-
that first note. These are among the shy-                                                                          ible when the young ones begin to get their
est birds in our backyards so, if you don’t                                                                        grown-up dress. The babies are capable of
learn to recognize the song, you may never                                                                         flight after two weeks. Since they’re migra-
know they’re there.                                                                                                tory birds, they need extra care to succeed
     If you’re lucky enough to see him,                                                                            when released. According to research, all
                                                        This oriole “cradle” nest is made of strips from plastic
you’ll find the male Bullock’s Oriole a                                                                            baby birds must hear the male’s songs to
                                                                         tarp and some string.
flashy fellow indeed—brilliant orange and                                                                          breed successfully when their turn comes,
yellow, with a slim black mask above his                This one has strips from a plastic tarp and                but migrators also need to see the night
needle-sharp beak. Alerted by the song, I               some string. The nest in my oak had baling                 stars to trigger the proper responses
often catch a glimpse of him, gilded and                twine instead, along with the yucca. Like a                when autumn’s slanting light signals
agleam, with a flash of white on the wing.              cradle, it swayed in the breeze, nearly in-                “time to go.”
And then—gone. He’ll light on a twig,                   visible among the leaves.                                                             — Sallie Reynolds
temptingly close. I’ll ease up my camera—
and he flicks away. The female is equally
beautiful, in a quieter way, greenish yel-              A version of this article, with color photographs, can be found on the author’s website,
low with gold on tail and head. She is a bit            www.takethemoment.org.
                                                                                                                                                      PAW PRINT       • 3
                                        REHABBERS’ TALES

          A Journey to Life
A     t 5:30 a.m. on a cold
      January day, rehabbers
Ron and Debbie Datilio and
                                   mouth, resulting in starva-
                                   tion and a painful death.
                                        Most of SWR’s squirrels
Nan Powers set out from            in rehab with this condi-
Georgetown, California on          tion, usually adults whose
a mission. In the back of          fractured jaws won’t heal
the all-wheel-drive vehicle,       properly, either die of other
two small passengers slept         severe injuries or have to
in comfortable nest boxes,         be euthanized, since they
snugly cuddled in blankets,        are unreleasable. These two
in large cages. The journey        grey squirrels were unusual
was the culmination of             in that they had come in
months of effort to find a         as small babies and, given
sanctuary for two nearly-                                                                 Tinkerbell, 6 months
                                   regular care that included
grown Western grey squir-          clipping their front teeth      sanctuary for a few healthy,      hundreds of educational
rels who were unreleasable         and providing soft foods,       unreleasable animals who          programs for school chil-
back to the wild. Snow in          cracked nuts, and appropri-     can contribute to educating       dren, youth organizations,
the mountains threatened,          ate housing, had grown into     the public about wildlife. It     and the general public each
but they were fortunate that       otherwise normal, healthy       had taken four months, and        year, and is also a licensed
there was a clear window           squirrels, capable of all       contacts with over 20 wild        rehabilitation facility. Its
between storms.                    squirrel behaviors. Although    animal sanctuaries through-       dedicated rehabbers and
     Although now healthy          the ideal of release back to    out California, to locate a       veterinarians treat approxi-
and beautiful, Dumpling            the wild was untenable, we      facility that was able to take    mately 200 birds and mam-
and Tinkerbell had come            wanted them to live as close    the two squirrels. Examina-       mals annually, and release
in as babies with injuries         to a normal life as possible.   tion and certification from       those who are able back to
resulting in malocclusion of            Although almost all        one of our supporting veter-      the wild.
their incisors. A squirrel’s in-   animals in rehab that survive   inarians was also necessary            Eleven hours after we
cisors are comparable to the       are released back to the        before final approval from        embarked on our mission,
human thumb—essential              wild, California Department     DFG. Finally, we were able        our two squirrels were
to their survival—used for         of Fish and Game (DFG)          to embark on our journey to       successfully transferred
stripping tree bark, clipping      regulations allow rehabbing     Moonridge Animal Park in          to Moonridge. Their new
off leaves and small branch-       organizations to try to find    southern California.              home is furnished with cozy
es, uprooting plant material,                                           Moonridge is located         nest boxes, trees, and other
chewing into seeds and                                             in Big Bear Lake, and spe-        natural habitat, and they
nuts, and other neces-                                             cializes in caring for un-        will be under the care of the
sary feeding and nesting                                           releasable or confiscated         sanctuary’s veterinarians for
activities; they also assist in                                    native California animals.        regular teeth-clipping and
defense against predators.                                         Founded in 1959, following        other medical needs. They
Since a squirrel’s long front                                      a devastating forest fire in      will be fed a diet of natural
teeth continue to grow                                             the San Bernardino Moun-          foods, supplemented with
throughout its life, improp-                                       tains when several injured        fruits, nuts, berries, and the
er placement prevents their                                        animals needed sanctuary          vitamin-enriched feed given
wearing down, against each                                         and rehabilitation, Moon-         to captive animals.
other and through gnaw-                                            ridge now houses over 150              We returned home the
ing; in the wild, they will                                        birds and mammals, includ-        next day, very tired and
grow into the top and/or                                           ing mountain lions, black         with the usual bittersweet
bottom jaw of the animal’s                                         bears, hawks, and wolves.         feelings from having to say
                                          Dumpling as a baby       The sanctuary presents
goodbye to the animals we           safety, and to serve as educa-     he did. We told everyone to          He didn’t fit too well—his
rehab and come to love. But         tional ambassadors to help         stay back as we approached           entire tail was sticking out
our strongest feelings are          enrich the public’s under-         the eagle. Carol and I were          one end and his sharp beak
of gratitude to Moonridge           standing and appreciation of       nervous and excited at the           poked out a hole on the
for affording our two young         California’s wild animals.         same time. With the gloves           other end. I held the eagle
squirrels the opportunity to                         —Nan Powers       on, I had the net and carrier        on my lap, holding the top
live out their natural lives in                                        in my hands; Carol had the           of the carrier together, while
                                                                       towel.                               Carol quickly drove the
                                                                            As we approached, we            short distance to Nancy’s
                                                                       noticed that the eagle was           house. We did an exam and

    The Gathering of                                                   standing on the edge of a
                                                                       culvert that dropped down
                                                                       approximately 10 feet. We
                                                                                                            couldn’t find any obvious
                                                                                                            signs of injury, which was
                                                                                                            good news. Nancy lent us

        an Eagle                                                       both knew we only had one
                                                                       shot to get this right. We
                                                                       were within striking dis-
                                                                                                            an appropriate-sized carrier,
                                                                                                            and we transported the bird
                                                                                                            to the California Foundation
                                                                       tance, and the eagle became          for Birds of Prey in Roseville

M       y roommate, Carol,
        and I had been vol-
unteering for SWR for less
                                    just a red-tailed hawk,” but off
                                    we went.
                                          We met the nice gentle-
                                                                       anxious, so we split up;
                                                                       luckily, he turned to focus
                                                                       on Carol. That split second
                                                                                                            for his rehabilitation and,
                                                                                                            hopefully, eventual release.
                                                                                                                  I am still awestruck by
than a year. Throughout the         man and his daughter who           was all I needed to get the          the experience that day last
season we had rescued and           had called for help. We had        net over the eagle’s head            October. What an honor to
rehabilitated several squir-        our heavy gloves, a towel,         and give him a bear hug.             have been able to be that
rels and many song birds            and the cardboard cat car-         Carol immediately moved in,          close to an eagle. What a
and raptors to return to the        rier in which we had just          removing the netting from            beautiful, majestic animal.
wild, but one day stands out        transported the kestrel. They      around his human-hand                We will continue to volun-
above the rest.                     took us over to a field that       sized talons.                        teer our time to help wild-
     As many days began             looked like an overgrown                We wrapped him up               life, but this will be one of
during this past season, we         horse pasture, with weeds          like a burrito in the towel,         those special moments
packed up our rescue gear           two to three feet tall. As we      and did our best to get              we’ll never forget.
and headed to Placerville           scanned the area for the           him into what now looked                              — Kelli Moulden
to put an American kestrel          injured “eagle” we spotted         like a dwarf-sized carrier.
in a flight cage. After that,       it standing proudly with its
we headed to a luncheon             head above the weeds. Yes, I
for the Squirrel Team to            said above the weeds! Carol
celebrate the end of a suc-         and I looked at each other
cessful season. While there,        with eyes the size of saucers,
a call for help came in from        “It’s a golden eagle!” we
Cameron Park. A gentleman           gasped. We didn’t want to
had spotted an “eagle” down         appear scared as we stood
in the field. I say “eagle” be-     there in silence, our minds
cause proper identification         racing to strategize our next
of raptors is difficult, even for   move. Being our first season,
some of our most seasoned           we had not encountered a
raptor volunteers. Carol and        bird of this size or strength.
I excused ourselves from                  It didn’t take long for a
lunch and headed down to            crowd to gather. Apparently,
Cameron Park. Carol was             they had all been trying
driving, so I called our men-       to feed the bird raw steak.
tor, Nancy Barbachano, to           The gentleman asked if we
talk about the “eagle.” We          needed help. I asked if he
both chuckled, “It’s probably       had a big fishing net; luckily
                                                                                         Kelli, with arms full of the EAGLE
                                                                                                                               PAW PRINT • 5
                Our New Director of Animal Care

        ong-time volun-                                            teams, or having organiza-     zel as Songbird Facilities Managers, Judy
        teer Dave Cook                                             tion-wide impacts.             Monestier as Songbird Orphanage Man-
        has been appoint-                                             Dave brings a wealth        ager, Mike Mattox as Assistant Orphanage
ed as SWR’s Director of                                            of experience to the new       Manager, and Stefanie Stewart as Songbird
Animal Care (DAC). The                                             position, both as a rehab-     Satellite Manager.
new position was created                                           ber and manager. Over the           Dave comes from a varied background
in late 2009 by the SWR                                            past 10 years as a volunteer   of growing up in a military family, travel-
Board. The action moves                                            with SWR, he has filled the    ing extensively and residing in many parts
the organization toward                                            posts of Treasurer for three   of the U.S. and foreign countries, eventu-
its goal of completely                                             terms, Member at Large         ally settling in California in the 1960s. He
delegating operational                                             for one, and Vice President    pursued a career in financial services for
issues, so that the Board                 Dave Cook                for two. He also served as     the State of California for many years, and
can concentrate solely on                                          Fawn Team Leader for five      he and his wife, Panadda, have lived in
strategic planning.                               years, and as the first Team Leader Liai-       Shingle Springs since 1985.
     The DAC has decision-making au-              son to the Board in 2007. He still serves            We welcome Dave as our new Direc-
thority to deal with issues arising from all      as a member of the Fawn Team, one of            tor of Animal Care, and know that he will
aspects of animal care and rehabbing, and         only two team members who maintains             be instrumental in moving our growing
will report to the Board on their resolution,     enclosures large enough to house herds          organization toward an increasingly more
while Team Leaders, including managers            of fawns, initially cared for as individuals    professional and effective role in preserv-
of the Baby Bird Nursery, will report to the      by other team members, and provide final        ing and protecting the wild animals of El
DAC. Team Leaders will continue to have           care until eventual release.                    Dorado County.
autonomy and authority for overseeing                  As the DAC, Dave’s first major focus
team operations, training, and animal-care        has been on reorganizing the Songbird
protocols for their species, and resolving        Team and Baby Bird Nursery functions                      In Memoriam
any problems arising within their teams.          into a comprehensive Songbird Program.           We are so sad to report that Larry
The DAC, on the other hand, will generally        The program is under new leadership,             Edwards, long-time SWR volunteer,
focus on situations spanning two or more          including Rick and Melinda Frost-Hur-            passed away on May 10. Larry, who
                                                                                                   lived in Placerville for many years, is
                                                                                                   survived by his wife, Bev, and step-
Give Wildlife a Brake                            Birds of prey are also often hit sitting in       daughter, Stephanie. Larry, a professor
continued from page 2                            the road, feasting on carrion.                    of Chemistry at Folsom Lake College,
                                                      Many animals travel in pairs, in             had been SWR’s Treasurer for the past
will probably be more following within           flocks or herds, and with young, particu-         five years, and he and Bev also contrib-
seconds. Wait until there are no further         larly during spring through summer, so            uted substantially to many of our pro-
deer visible and then move on—slowly.            always assume there may be more than              grams and events, including our yearly
In addition to probably fatally injuring         one when you stop for an animal. Early            “Toast to Wildlife.” He also developed
the animal, hitting an adult deer can do         morning, late afternoon and evening are           our very successful “donation program”
major damage to your vehicle. If fencing         particularly crucial times to watch out           efforts, including the Raley’s Quality of
runs along the road, it may be particu-          for wildlife, since many of them are out          Life Program and the Online Vehicle
larly hard for deer to get to safety, so wait    hunting or feeding.                               Donation Program, which have con-
until they find an escape route before                It may take a few extra minutes to           tributed substantial funding assistance
driving on.                                      get where you’re going, but isn’t it worth        to SWR for many years. He was always
     Even birds are often hit by cars, sit-      it to avoid badly injuring or killing an          kind and helpful, and greatly support-
ting in the road, running across, or just        animal, or possibly damaging your car?            ive of SWR’s mission. As Treasurer, Larry
flying low. You may expect that the bird         It only takes a little extra watchfulness,        brilliantly managed our fiscal affairs,
will take flight, so you keep driving, but       driving a bit more slowly, and a few ad-          but always supported funding deci-
this is often not the case. Turkeys, quail       ditional seconds of your time to reduce           sions that were best for the care of the
and other “road runners” are often hit.          vehicle injuries to wild animals. Please          animals. He will be sorely missed, per-
We have had several little owls, also, who       “give them a brake,” and help us to pro-          sonally and professionally, by all of us
have been hit; one was stuck in someone’s        tect our wildlife.                                who knew and worked with him.
front grill, because he flew up too late.
                           Make Your Voice Heard
                       Through Our Volunteer Surveys!

       ecause volunteers are the founda-      room for some time, to respond to these         ue to implement your great suggestions
       tion of our organization, SWR’s        and other concerns, a subcommittee of           from the past two years. Next October,
       Board of Directors more actively       the Board began to look in earnest for a        when you receive your survey for 2010,
sought to expand and strengthen our           new facility, and we moved into our new         please remember how important your
volunteer base during 2008–2009, and          Wildlife Center in November, 2009.              voice is, and take just a few minutes to
has committed to continuing this goal in          Asked, “What about SWR do you like          fill out and return it. We need responses
2010. It is the combined labor of all our     the most?” answers ranged from “Work-           from all types of volunteers, mammal and
volunteers that makes SWR strong and          ing with good people who share a love of        bird rehabbers, and those who support
effective. It is their combined wisdom        wild things” to “It’s fun to feed the birds!”   SWR in many other ways, to appropriate-
and voices that empower us to grow and        There were varied answers, as well, to          ly respond to everyone’s suggestions and
improve as an organization.                   “What about SWR do you like the least?”         concerns. For a complete transcript of the
     There are a number of important rea-     ranging from “interpersonal problems”           2009 season’s surveys, please contact me
sons to survey volunteers. A survey pro-      to “Have you looked at the bottoms of the       at judithmpunch@sbcglobal.net, or at
vides vital feedback about key elements       bird cages?!”                                   530-620-2291.
of the volunteers’ experiences and overall        The Board of Directors will contin-                                    — Judith Punch
satisfaction with SWR. It helps to iden-
tify our strengths so we build on them,
and also identifies places where we need
improvements. Asking volunteers for                           Easy Ways to Support SWR
feedback on their personal experiences

also provides us with many dynamic and                ike most other businesses and           use them, too. You can get cards for your-
creative ideas and solutions to problems.             charities struggling in the cur-        self, or to distribute, by picking them up
     Our surveys during 2008 and 2009                 rent economy, contributions are         at the SWR Center this summer, or by
have given the Board diverse, thoughtful      down somewhat at SWR. Most members              calling Debbie, at 530-333-1692, or Nan,
and helpful answers. We mailed surveys        have hung in there, but donations have          at 530-647-1089.
to 130 volunteers last fall, and 33 volun-    decreased. I want to remind you of two                           The online Vehicle Dona-
teers returned their surveys. Not every       great programs that, over the last sev-                           tion Program will take
survey was complete; some volunteers          eral years, have really helped us                                  cars, trailers, boats, golf
answered all the survey questions and         out—Raley’s Quality of                                              carts, etc., running or
others answered only one or two. Al-          Life program and the on-                                             not, off your hands in
though the survey covered a wide spec-        line Vehicle Donation Pro-                                            three days, and give
trum of rehabbers and other volunteers,       gram. Both cost us—and                                                you an insurance re-
responses came mainly from Baby Bird          you—nothing, and provide                                   lease. We have had no com-
Nursery volunteers.                           additional needed funding to                    plaints about this program since we be-
     We were listening. Responses such        support the care of our animals.                gan. We receive up to 80% of the vehicle’s
as “Communication could improve if we              Raley’s Quality of Life Program is         value, and you get a letter to verify your
had a consistent BBN manager” resulted        very simple. Get a card, show it at the         donation for tax deduction purposes.
in our hiring a BBN manager and assis-        checkout stand, and SWR will receive            Anyone can use this program, so please
tant last year. The question, “Off season,    from 1 to 4% (depending on your dollar          tell your friends about it, or get rid of
would you like SWR field trips?” inspired     total for the month) at no cost to you. The     your own clunker for cash for SWR. Just
December’s trip to the Woodbridge Eco-        card can be used for almost everything,         go to www.Donationline.com, select
logical Reserve in Lodi to see the sandhill   including liquor and wine, prescriptions,       Sierra Wildlife Rescue from the drop-
cranes. When asked about equipment,           the deli, etc. Many people have been us-        down menu, and follow instructions.
supplies, or improvements in our physi-       ing the card, but we would like many                  Both of these sources have yielded a
cal environment, many Baby Bird Nurs-         more to join the program. If your card          steady cash flow for SWR for five years,
ery volunteers believed a larger, airier      has been lost or broken, please call me to      and it has helped us immeasurably so,
space with a good sink for washing bas-       receive a replacement. You don’t have to        please, let’s keep it up!
kets would greatly improve conditions.        be an SWR member, so please ask your                                        —Larry Edwards
     Having recognized the need for more      friends and family to acquire cards and
                                                                                                                             PAW PRINT   • 7
                                       Toast to
       he SWR Board of Directors wants          and popular dog trainer/author “Uncle”            cannot express enough appreciation to
       to thank the many people who             Matty Margolis, and their spouses, were           the over 30 other volunteers who helped
       produced our fourth successful           on hand to enjoy the festivities and greet        out on the day of the event, ensuring that
Toast to Wildlife fundraiser on April 24,       guests. SWR’s Dave Cook presented our             everything went smoothly and that all our
at the American River Resort in Coloma.         “toast,” to wildlife and to all the volunteers,   guests felt welcome and had a great time.
     After cold and rainy weather off and       participants, and guests who made the                 Proceeds from the event will support
on for weeks, we were blessed with a love-      event so terrific.                                food, medicine, housing and many other
ly, warm spring day for our event. Features          A very special thank-you to the mem-         necessities for the nearly 1500 orphaned
included a gourmet picnic supper; blues         bers of the Event Committee, Judy Mon-            and injured wild birds and mammals that
and easy-listening music by Jonny Mojo’s        estier, Laurin Peterlin, Birgit Mathis, Mar-      SWR will rehabilitate and return to the
band; our traditional raffle and silent auc-    cella Fox, Larry Edwards, Vivian Gaddie,          wild this year.
tion with fantastic gifts; wildlife art for     Linda Mueller, and Chris Hurley, who ded-             Great work, Toast to Wildlife vol-
sale; wine and beer tasting and sales; an       icated many hours of their time creating a        unteers and thanks to all who attended!
Animal Gift Store; bird and squirrel feed-      wonderful occasion. Many thanks, also, to         We hope even more of our members and
ers, nest boxes, and other crafts by Al Earl;   our graphic artist, Jamie Hartshorn, and to       other friends and supporters will join us
and our hawk and owl education ambas-           Nan Powers for their helpful publicity. We        next spring, when we once again celebrate
sadors. Favorite columnist Bob Billingsley                                                        the wildlife of El Dorado County and raise
                                                                                                  funds for their care.
                                                                                                                             — Judith Punch

                                                                                                  (And thanks to you, Judith, from all of us,
                                                                                                  for doing such a wonderful job as Chair of
                                                                                                  the Event Committee.)

    A beautiful day and surroundings
          awaited our guests
                                                                            Volunteer Kim Apgar at our
                                                                                  Welcome Table
                                                Gourmet picnic treats by Diane
                                                Wilkinson tempted our guests

       Bob Billingsley and spouse Monika
         had a warm welcome for everyone

                                                Foot-stompin’ and easy-listening
                                                music was provided by Jonny
                                                Mojo’s band
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                                           Visitors found wonderful gifts at our
                                                      Animal Store

Marty Owen’s Zag, the Harris hawk,
and our many other Education Birds
          thrilled visitors
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                                            Rose and Matty Margolis and two of
                                            their perfectly trained (of course) canine

                    Stefanie Stewart with gosling
                  rescued on the way. Never a free
                             moment for rehabbers!

  Zag had his
    own ideas
   about how
     to do the

  Judy Monestier asked
screech owl Sassy to ‘smile
   for the camera, birdie’
                                                Linda Mueller and Ron and Debbie
                                                Datilio educated visitors about SWR

                                          Chris Hurley
                                          (right), shown
                                               with sister
                                        Charlene Jones,
                                        arranged for the
                                          fabulous food
              Bidding on Silent Auction
                         items was lively

                                            Al Earl’s ‘critter crafts’ for sale were
                                                          Wonderful wildlife art by
                                                         Vanda Lavar was a popular
                                                                 sale item

Madroña Vineyards was one of many fine
wineries offering wine for tasting and sales

  Toastmaster Dave Cook
 thanked visitors, volunteers
         and guests

                                               Guests raised their glasses high in our
                                                        ‘Toast to Wildlife’
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                                                                                   PAW PRINT •• 11
       2010 Spring Event Contributors
                                    Sponsored by El Dorado Savings Bank

          Aerospace Museum                    Front Yard Nursery             Robinson’s Pharmacy
                    Allez!                     Gallery El Dorado               Sacramento Zoo
          Amador Flower Farm                    Garden Garnish                  Serenity Salon
        Amador Foothill Winery           Garden Valley Feed & Hardware       Sierra Nevada House
             Amy’s Kitchen                       Gold Vine Grill              Sierra Rizing Bakery
        Annabelle’s Chocolates                Golden Spoke Bike               Single Leaf Winery
      Apple Mountain Golf Resort             Hair Design by Linda         Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
             Basically Beads                 Hair Design by Margie               Snap Fitness
         Bass Lake Golf Course               Hair Design by Monica               The Bookery
      BlueBird Haven Iris Garden                    Harrah’s                    The Feed Barn
             Boeger Winery                        HeyDay Cafe                  The Wax Museum
             Books & Bears                      High Hill Ranch             Thomas Kincade Gallery
           Books & Treasurers               Hiller Aviation Museum          Togo’s / Baskin-Robbins
         Buttercup Restaurant                  Infineon Raceway                 Ursa Vineyards
                 By the Gate                   J & J’s Restaurant                 USS Hornet
          Cameron Park Florist                     JB Buffalo                   Venezio Winery
          Camino Flower Shop                   K. Oliver Designs              Waste Connections
        Camino Garden Center                  Latcham Vineyards              Wild Birds & Gardens
            Carson Valley Inn                   Lava Cap Winery              Windwalker Vineyard
          Cascada Restaurant                     LeFleur Florist                Young’s Winery
         Chateau Rodin Winery                     Lighthouse                     Joyce Amlick
                  Cigarama                 Mace Meadows Golf Club                 Ann Baker
                 Combellacks                Mad Dog Mesa Olive Oil               David Bianchi
       Cool Feed & Ranch Supply             Monterey Bay Aquarium           Don & Barbara Covello
                 Cool Florist                Mount Aukum Winery                   Lola Druin
         Country Lube Express                  Mt. Aukum Store                    Sue Eltner
          Crystal View Station                     Noah’s Ark                     Mike Evans
                   Crystals                    Oakstone Winery                  Vivian Gaddie
          D’Agostini Delights                    Off Broadway                    Linda George
           Diamond Chinese                    Perry Creek Winery                 Ann Gladwell
     Double Diamond Tack & Feed              Placerville Bike Shop             Jamie Hartshorn
           El Dorado Fitness                  Placerville Clothing            Matthew Margolis
           El Dorado Savings                  Placerville News Co.               Dick Marshall
                  Fifty Grand                Pueblo Chico Cantina            Jack & Judy Monestier
      Findleton Estate & Vineyard                    Raley’s                   Karen Nishimura
          Fitzpatrick’s Winery                Randolph Jewelers                  Raelyn Paige
       Fleischmann Planetarium                 Retiredice Alpacas                Karen Poole
                 Food for Less              Ripley’s Believe It or Not           Nan Powers

                 Fielding Calls:
          Our Wonderful Phone Volunteers
         n average, approximately 100 calls                                                        When wildlife rescue is required, call-
         a month are made to Sierra Wild-          These unsung heroes are the                ers can navigate the phone prompts to
         life Rescue. Responding to these                                                     locate a rehabber for any of the fourteen
calls is a team of about 30 volunteers who           face of Sierra Wildlife to               wildlife categories SWR handles, ranging
help resolve questions ranging from                                                           from the smallest songbirds to coyotes
general information about SWR, volun-                 those seeking assistance.               and fawns. But sometimes it’s not clear
teering, events, or rehabbing, to reports                                                     what species needs help. One caller left
of orphaned or hurt wildlife and ques-                                                        a message about finding a “lizard” in the
tions about a wide variety of other wild-                                                     toilet. Although rehabbers don’t typically
life issues.                                   often have no straightforward solutions,       respond to requests for “critter removal,”
      Fran Sargent, Phone Volunteer Co-        and our volunteers go to great lengths to      this plea for help was intriguing. Happily,
ordinator, recruits, trains and schedules      find an answer, working their own chain        the baby squirrel was soon rescued from
the telephone team members to assure           of resources to find the right individual or   the water hazard and rehabilitated.
phone coverage 365 days a year. On any         organization to help.                               As we are now in the throes of “baby
given day, beginning as early as 6:00 a.m.,         One caller recently left a message        season,” we are reminded, yet again, how
the assigned volunteer checks frequently       after 8:00 p.m. that she had found four        thankful we are for our dedicated phone
for messages, and contacts the caller to       kestrels (a small hawk) on the ground;         volunteers, who are often the first point
answer a question or to troubleshoot a         three were dead, but one was still alive.      of contact for the public seeking our ser-
problem. The phone volunteer’s day can         Could someone rescue the survivor? Un-         vices. We are also grateful for their “can-
last well into the evening.                    fortunately, the caller was from Stanislaus    do” attitude in reassuring members of our
      These unsung heroes are the face         County, some 100 miles away. But, thanks       foothill communities—and of other areas
of Sierra Wildlife to those seeking assis-     to the volunteer’s connections, a contact      throughout northern California—that we
tance, whether it’s connecting the caller to   was made within the broader raptor re-         will find a way to help.
a rehabilitation specialist for a particular   habilitation network to help resolve the                                 — Debbie Datilio
species, or tracking down a resource be-       problem locally.
yond SWR’s purview. Callers can present
unusual questions or situations which

        SWR Educational Presentations                                                              CAN HELP EL DORADO

                                                                                                    COUNTY’S WILDLIFE!
      ust a reminder that SWR’s Education          This is a great way for you and your
      Team gives numerous free wildlife        students, friends, or co-workers to learn             Sierra Wildlife Rescue is an
      presentations each year featuring our    more about El Dorado County’s wild birds              all-volunteer organization
education hawks and owls to schools, se-       and animals, and how to live compatibly              supported solely by donated
nior centers, scout troops, church groups,     with their wild neighbors.                          funds and materials. Mail your
social clubs, community organizations—                                                             tax-deductible donation in the
almost any group. Presentations cover                                                               envelope provided, or to P.O.
the natural histories of each of our birds,                                                       Box 2127, Placerville, CA 95667.
and may also include information on
                                                                                                  To donate supplies or become a
some of El Dorado County’s other bird
                                                                                                  member, volunteer, or rehabber,
species or mammals.
                                                                                                         call 530-621-4661.
    If you are interested in scheduling a
presentation for a group you work with
or belong to, please contact Marty Owen,                                                              SWR AND THE ANIMALS
Education Team Chair, at 530-626-6518,                                                                     NEED YOU!
or email her at kcowen@jps.net.
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           Mammals, Amphibians and Birds Rehabbed, 2009
     Species                                    Number                Birds                                          Number

     Coyote                                            7              Songbirds                                           615
     Mule Deer                                        46              Game birds (Doves, Pigeons,
     Gray Fox                                         17                      Quail, etc.)                                132
     Opossum                                          41              Hawks                                                40
     River Otter                                       1              Eagle                                                 1
     Deer Mouse                                        2              Vultures                                              3
     Brush Rabbit                                      5              Owls                                                 82
     Cottontail Rabbit                                10              Corvids (Crows, Jays, etc.)                         138
     Jackrabbit                                       44              Waterfowl (Ducks, Geese, etc.)                       41
     Raccoon                                          20              Wading Birds (Herons, etc.)                           6
     Striped Skunk                                    22              Woodpeckers                                          30
     Douglas Squirrel                                 20              Shorebird (Gulls)                                     1
     Northern Flying Squirrel                         14              Unknown species                                      10
     Fox Squirrel                                     24              TOTAL                                             1099
     Gray Squirrel                                    91
     Ground Squirrel                                  14
     Chipmunk                                          5
     California Vole                                   4
     Western Pond Turtle                               2
     TOTAL                                           389

          Many Thanks to Our                                                        Donation Thank-You
                                                                        SWR is extremely grateful for a very generous,
           Grant Funders!                                            anonymous donation in memory of Mary Witter, who
                                                                         loved and worked with animals all her life.

       he Thornton S. Glide,      and, in December, became
       Jr. and Katrina D. Glide   the beneficiary of $7,000 to
       Foundation was estab-      support our continuing work                        THE PAW PRINT
lished through their legacy       rescuing and rehabbing El        Editor            Nan Powers
in 1995 to provide benefits       Dorado County wildlife.          Contributors      Dave Cook, Debbie Datilio, Larry Edwards,
for qualified or-                                   Additional                       Melinda Frost-Hurzel, Kelli Moulden,
ganizations com-                               thanks to Julie                       Judith Punch, Sallie Reynolds
                                               Mack for steer-     Graphic design    Jamie K. Hartshorn / landmarkpr.com
mitted to animal
                                                                   Photos            Alan Dahl, Ron Datilio, Nan Powers,
protection, wild-                              ing us so skill-
                                                                                     Sallie Reynolds, Carol Standen, Craig Stewart
life conservancy,                              fully    through
                                                                   Printer           Minuteman Press, Placerville, CA
land preservation,                             the complicated
and similar goals.                             waters of grant     Please submit wildlife photos and editorial queries to
SWR applied to                                 proposal writing.   npowers2@earthlink.net, or call 530-647-1089. Learn
the Foundation                                                     more about SWR and look for the Paw Print on our web-
for a grant in 2009                                                site at www.sierrawildliferescue.com

                                    PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

                                   We’re on a Mission
        he first quarter of 2010 heralded many                                               a new initiative under the Fund Develop-
        changes for Sierra Wildlife Rescue.           SWR is fortunate to have               ment Program, where specific species of
        We’ve settled into our spacious new                                                  animals we rescue can be adopted and sup-
center on Newtown Road, implemented                    a core group of dedicated             ported by members and the general pub-
changes to our organizational structure,                                                     lic. Another initiative is to develop packets
and installed a new Board of Directors. As            volunteers who have built              with information on species SWR rehabs,
is often the case, change brings a high level        a solid foundation over the             as well as on ways to support SWR, to be
of excitement, and perhaps some concerns,                                                    given to our rescuers.
as we develop new strategies to achieve our             years, as well as having                   Community Outreach is targeting
mission and goals. SWR is fortunate to have                                                  the use of education and marketing tools
a core group of dedicated volunteers who               seen the steady growth of             to provide increasing awareness of SWR’s
have built a solid foundation over the                                                       presence and role in the community, as
                                                     new faces who have found
years, as well as having seen the steady                                                     well as to reach out to under-served areas.
growth of new faces who have found a                    a niche for their talents            In April, we participated in the El Dorado
niche for their talents and interests.                                                       County Chamber of Commerce Business
     At this time, the new center has been                    and interests.                 Event and, in May, Placerville’s Earth Day
transformed into our Baby Bird Nursery,                                                      Celebration. A volunteer website manager
which operates from May approximately                                                        will be upgrading and expanding our web-
through July. Over 500 nestlings and fledglings are expected to site, enhancing the flow of information from SWR to the public.
be cared for in this concentrated time frame. The larger space en- Within this initiative, we will also be looking for opportunities
ables the Songbird Program to provide a variety of environments to increase our visibility and interactions with community busi-
for the optimal care of the birds through their various stages of nesses and organizations. In response to suggestions from volun-
rehabilitation, including a spacious triage area, an isolation room teer surveys in 2008 and 2009, Volunteer Recruitment, Develop-
for sick birds, and a large kitchen area to accommodate food prep, ment and Retention is offering new classes and expanding access
and cleanup activities. When the baby bird season is not in op- to long-time favorites. We’ve also created a Rehabbing Assistant
eration, we can accommodate our meetings, education classes, Volunteer position, which partners a volunteer with a home re-
animal transfers, and other activities in a very comfortable en- habber to assist in caring for critters at the rehabber’s home. This
vironment. Our signage is readily visible from Highway 50, and is an exciting opportunity for volunteers who can’t rehab in their
is already generating a number of inquiries from passersby as to own home, but are seeking that “hands on” experience. We are
our mission and activities.                                           also growing our Transporters’ Team, to give people an addition-
     SWR’s 2009 Board also approved the creation of the volun- al opportunity to contribute to SWR by transporting orphaned
teer position of Director of Animal Care (DAC), reporting to or injured animals from rescuers to rehabbers.
the Board (see article on page 6 on the DAC’s role and responsi-           It’s obvious that the above initiatives are mutually support-
bilities.) This change allows the Board to focus on creating and ive. These programs are an essential first step to solidify our capa-
maintaining the resources that support achieving SWR’s goals bilities, skills and activities, in order to fulfill our vision: Our own
and fulfilling its mission, while the DAC and Team Leaders (Op- Wildlife Center property, complete with the facilities and tools
erations Management Team) focus on issues solely related to to support our educational and rehabbing activities, while en-
animals and rehabbing. This structural change has already ben- abling the public to see first-hand the benefits of supporting
efitted us by giving the Board the ability to make more timely our wildlife care.
decisions. We’ll report back as we continue to refine the various          If you haven’t already, please join us and become a member
aspects of the transition.                                            of SWR, check out our volunteer opportunities, pick something
     The 2010 Board is focusing on three strategic areas: Fund you’d like to do, and keep your hat on for the ride!
Development, Community Outreach, and Volunteer Recruit-                                                   — Debbie Datilio
ment, Development and Retention. Over the course of several                                                  SWR Board President, 2010
meetings, we identified goals and targeted specific initiatives for
rapid implementation. If you attended our Spring Event “A Toast
to Wildlife,” you probably learned about our Adoption Program,
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                 SIERRA WILDLIFE RESCUE                                             NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION
                 P.O. BOX 2127                                                          US POSTAGE PAID
                 PLACERVILLE, CA 95667                                                   PERMIT NO. 380
                                                                                      PLACERVILLE, CA 95667

“This is what you should do; love the Earth and sun and the
animals…dismiss what insults your soul, and your very flesh
shall be a great poem.”
                                        — Walt Whitman

Come join us!
C    ome and enjoy the wonderful fellowship among people who share your concerns about wild-
     life and the environment! Sierra Wildlife always needs new home rehabbers for all species. If
you are interested in learning more about the wide variety of birds or mammals in El Dorado County,
would be available for transporting them from rescuers to rehabbers, or would like to learn more about rehabbing,
please call us at 530-621-2650. SWR provides training, licensing, and most supplies. You will attend training classes,
                     join a team, and work with an experienced “mentor” for awhile, and someone will always be
                              available to advise and work with you. No prior
                                    experience is necessary—all you need is
                                       caring and concern for animals and the
                                              willingness to learn. Rehabbing
                                                 and returning wild creatures
                                                 to their natural environment
                                                 is more exciting and fulfilling
                                                 than you can imagine!


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