Author Archives : WRR Editor


Two Important Events…

Early next week two important events happen, my birthday and the anniversary of my starting Wildlife Rehab and Release.  For twenty-some years I have been helping critters, eleven in my own organization.  This year I have helped more than ever, 1,000 so far.  However, the summer’s baby season has drained the WRR’s finances.  With feeding […]


Step #2

My goal in rehabbing is always to have the wildlife go back to living in the wild.  That’s what they want and where they belong.  Before release, I want to be certain each individual has the capability to survive.  Preparing and testing those capabilities varies by species.  The raptors, including owls and hawks, take the […]


My #1 Thrill…

I have been privileged this summer to watch families from five species of woodpecker, hairy, downy, red-breasted, flicker, and red-bellied, raise their young.  What particularly intrigues me about them is their chatter.  I love to listen to the parents and young ones interact.  Each one is distinctive and fascinating.  When Mom comes to feed, the […]


The Best Way to Get Rid of an Unwanted Critter

If you have wildlife, any wildlife, hanging around that you do not want, the best way to get rid of them is with noise.  Wildlife do not like noise.  From a mouse to a bear, noise will prompt wildlife to leave an area.  The only caution is do not make the noise continuously.  If you […]


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 […]