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Read about the day-to-day work of the Audubon Society of Portland's Wildlife Care Center, the oldest and busiest wildlife rehabilitation facility in Oregon.

April 18, 2014: Young owls look mighty different than their adult counterparts. Just take a look at one of our current patients, a baby Great Horned Owl that was admitted to the care center after its nest was found on the ground. When it arrived, the healthy nestling was just a few days old and hadn’t yet opened its eyes. More...

Great Horned Owl nestling - Tinsley Hunsdorfer

March 27, 2014: Eleven baby Western Painted Turtles are getting along swimmingly in a climate-controlled nursery at the Audubon Society of Portland. At little more than an inch in length, the tiny turtles need specialized care until the weather warms up enough for them to survive in the wild. More...

Western Painted Turtle - Tinsley Hunsdorfer

Filed under: Bald Eagles, Raptors

March 5, 2014: Audubon veterinarian Deb Sheaffer and Wildlife Care Center operations manager Lacy Campbell had quite the adventure this week when they were called in by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to help two Bald Eagles stuck in a tree, seemingly tangled in each other’s talons. More...

Shot of two eagles tangled in a tree - KATU News

Filed under: Release, Waterbirds

Feb. 18, 2014: Two Black-crowned Night Herons arrived at the care center in early February with neurological symptoms that suggested the birds were suffering from botulism poisoning. It’s very unusual to see avian botulism during winter months in the Pacific Northwest, but not impossible. More...

Black-crowned Night Heron - Tinsley Hunsdorfer

Filed under: Bald Eagles, Raptors

Feb. 6, 2014: Last week, The Oregonian ran two stories about Bald Eagles that have received treatment at the Wildlife Care Center, one that was released four years ago, and one that's still with us. More...

Rehabbed Bald Eagle spotted alive and well on the Willamette River - Steve Berliner

Filed under: Education Birds

Jan. 28, 2014: Portland Audubon's wildlife rehabilitation staff and volunteers work hard to give our education birds the best life possible, in part by providing top-notch medical care. They’re checked for common issues and weighed on a daily basis, and then once a year, each bird receives an in-depth exam. More...

Veterinarian Deb Sheaffer examines Aristophanes the raven's eyes - Tinsley Hunsdorfer

Filed under: Bald Eagles, Raptors

Dec. 31, 2013: In mid-December, we took the Bald Eagle from West Hayden Island in for a CT scan, but the results didn’t show anything that explained why the bird is having trouble using her right wing. Portland Audubon veterinarian Deb Sheaffer has since wrapped the wing – hopefully, immobilization will lead to some signs of improvement. More...

Bald Eagle - Tinsley Hunsdorfer

Filed under: Bald Eagles, Raptors

Dec. 13, 2013: Sometimes you just can’t catch a break. After surviving a variety of injuries throughout her life, a tough-as-nails Bald Eagle in our care is facing another challenge. More...

A Bald Eagle receives an injection during an exam at the Wildlife Care Center - Tinsley Hunsdorfer

Filed under: Bald Eagles, Raptors

Nov. 18, 2013: We recently admitted a female Bald Eagle found injured on West Hayden Island, and the results are in from her ophthalmology exam. More...

Bald Eagle - Tinsley Hunsdorfer

Filed under: Bald Eagles, Raptors

Nov. 11, 2013: The Wildlife Care Center has taken in another Bald Eagle, this time an injured female found on West Hayden Island. After the care center received a call about the bird late Saturday afternoon, Portland Audubon conservation director Bob Sallinger hiked two miles round-trip to retrieve the large raptor. More...

Audubon staff members examine an injured Bald Eagle - Tinsley Hunsdorfer

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