Category Archives : How to Help Critters

Suggestions from Patti of what to do to keep animals safe, how to tell if they are injured, and when to help them.

I Know We Are Two Months Past Halloween, But…

Because of our weather, bats have not yet hibernated.  They like 35 degree temperatures.  If you find one shaking, it is not due to the temperature but the bat getting its blood flowing.  These wonderful but spooky critters can easily be transported to a different location.  Place an ice cream bucket over the bat, slide […]

If You Find Injured Wildlife Do Not Do This…

  When many people come across injured wildlife, their first instinct is to pick it up, and they will go to great lengths to do that, including chasing the critter.  Please resist that impulse.  The critter is already scared, and, if it is hurt, your chasing it potentially makes both those situations worse.  While your […]

I Took in Two Hawks Last Week

This is the time of year that young birds of prey get into trouble diving for food and interacting with vehicles because their focus is on the prey, not anything else. Thank you to those who attended the CVLR class Thursday and gave the critters donations.  I appreciate you greatly.  This has been a slow […]

Beware of Well-intentioned Actions

I am continually amazed at the actions some people think are helpful for wildlife.  While their intention is to assist wildlife, they do not consider the wildlife’s perspective.  A recent example of that was a lady who called me about a turtle a few weeks ago.  “How long have you had it?” I asked. “Just […]

Cheech and Chong Are Free

We released Cheech and Chong back into the wild recently.  Cheech was excited to fly off immediately while Chong hung back, uncertain.  Through the years of worrying about wildlife that is reticent to return to the wild, I have learned patience.  “Stand back and wait,” I advise everyone.  “The creature will exit the carrier when […]

If You Have to Chase a Bird on the Ground…

If you have to chase a bird on the ground, maybe you shouldn’t.  Fledglings spend three to five days on the ground after leaving the nest.  They learn to use their legs before they exercise their wings.  When they hit the ground, they look around, “Huh!  What am I doing here?” The parents, especially robin […]