Yearly Archives: 2022


3 Important Points about Birds

Birds don’t sweat.  When you see them with their mouths open, that is how they handle heat and humidity.  Similar to dogs, birds do not have sweat glands.  They equalize their body temperature through their mouths. Some species promote heat loss by fluttering their neck muscles while their mouths are open. Birds don’t have breasts.  […]


Baby Raccoons Are So Cute…

In the last few days, I have had over thirty calls on baby raccoons.  I couldn’t agree more with the callers who tell me, “They’re so cute!” Be careful.  They have sharp teeth and long, razor-like claws, which they need in order to eat.  They also imprint very easily.  If you pick them up and […]


If You See a Fledgling Running…

If you see a fledgling on the ground and running, do not get alarmed.  Mom and Dad are most likely around, watching over it.  Similar to doing yoga or calisthenics, fledglings run on the ground to work the muscles in their shoulders in anticipation of using their wings to fly.  By running, they also move […]


How to Unstick a Bird

I have had several calls lately about people finding birds stuck on glue traps.  If you encounter that situation, swipe either canola oil or peanut butter gently underneath the bird to free it from the glue.  Then carefully wash the bird with Dawn to remove the glue completely.  Do all of this effort with as […]


Don’t Make This Mistake

Many people think baby birds need green grass and bring them to me in a box lined with it.  Not true.  Keep them in dry materials.  Green grass pulls body heat from them, cooling them off.  It is not suitable nesting material.  Nests are constructed of dry materials because they help keep a baby warm. […]


A Big Misunderstanding

I find a common misconception exists about Wildlife Rehab and Release.  Most people think I get paid to do this job.  I do not.  They also think the state gives me money to feed the wildlife.  It does not.  Although the State of Wisconsin approves my license, I receive absolutely no funds from either the […]


We Appreciate You…

Thank you to the Eau Claire Community Foundation, the Foundation of Dunn County, and Dunn Energy Cooperative for grant monies that will enable us to rebuild and repair cages that badly need attention.  Many are twenty-five years old. As we are in the process of getting these cages planned and constructed, we are handling a […]


We Lost Eight out of Eleven

A few years ago we took in eleven fawns in a short time period during spring.  We lost eight, partly I strongly suspect, because they were chased.  While I never know exactly what happened to wildlife I take in prior to my getting them, I can make pretty good guesses, especially with fawns.  You see, […]


The Highest Stress Wildlife

Baby bunnies are not like the Easter bunny.  They are the highest stress wildlife and can literally die in your hands if you pick them up.  They look so cute and vulnerable that handling them and protecting them comes naturally to many of us.  What we ought to do is just the opposite.  They don’t […]