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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.

June 25, 2015: What’s a vulture to do when it flies free for the first time in months? In the case of two juvenile Turkey Vultures recently returned to the wild by the Audubon Society of Portland, head for the sky and ride the thermals. More...

Two young Turkey Vultures return to the wild - Steve Young

June 16, 2015: In early June, we took in two young Red-tailed Hawks that had fledged prematurely from their nest in downtown Portland. We released them back to their parents on the Portland Building on June 5, but one of the fledglings subsequently crashed and was returned to the care center for a checkup. We then retrieved a third fledgling that had also hopped out of the downtown nest. Last week, we made a return trip to the Portland Building to reunite the repeat patient and the third fledgling with their parents. More...

A Red-tailed Hawk fledgling stands on the edge of the Portland Building roof - Bob Sallinger

April 23, 2015: A small but solid young beaver spent a few weeks in the Wildlife Care Center this spring after she became stuck in an outdoor fountain in Portland’s Pearl District. More...

A young beaver practices walking in the Wildlife Care Center - Tinsley Hunsdorfer

Filed under: Raptors

March 19, 2015: This Red-tailed Hawk had no visible signs of injury when it was first admitted to the Wildlife Care Center in December 2014, but after two days, a large wound began to open up on its left leg. The cause of this slow-moving injury pattern? Electrocution. More...

Red-tailed Hawk receives treatment in the Wildlife Care Center - Tinsley Hunsdorfer

Feb. 6, 2015: Most of Oregon's Turkey Vultures are currently living the good life in California and Mexico, but the Audubon Society of Portland is hosting two young vultures that weren't able to journey south for the winter. The birds were injured in September, and while they're doing well now, they didn't recuperate in time to join the fall migration. More...

A young Turkey Vulture receives an exam in the Wildlife Care Center - Tinsley Hunsdorfer

Dec. 10, 2014: Each year the Wildlife Care Center takes in approximately 3,000 wild animals for treatment. However, we respond to nearly three times that number of wildlife-related phone calls. These phone calls provide valuable insights into issues affecting our urban wildlife populations and the way in which people interact with wildlife on the urban landscape. More...

Wildlife Care Center volunteer Rie answers calls from the public - Joe Liebezeit

Filed under: Messages From Staff

Nov. 26, 2014: It can get really busy here at the Wildlife Care Center. As you know, we treat more than 3,000 animals per year and respond to more than 10,000 wildlife-related inquiries. But did you know that we only have two permanent staff members? In order for the Wildlife Care Center to operate on a daily basis we rely on more than 150 volunteers who put in over 22,000 hours this past year alone! More...

Audubon's education birds and turtle - which live in the Wildlife Care Center - with some of their volunteer handlers © WCC

Filed under: Raptors

Nov. 23, 2014: Windows don’t just pose a threat to small perching birds like warblers – raptors also strike windows after becoming confused by the reflective surfaces. More...

Veterinarian Deb Sheaffer examines an injured Cooper's Hawk - Tinsley Hunsdorfer

Filed under: Release, Owls, Raptors

Oct. 27, 2014: Last Friday, we successfully released a rehabilitated Northern Saw-whet Owl at Tryon Creek State Park. Thanks to the park for providing the little owl with a new home! More...

A Northern Saw-whet Owl receives its final exam in the Wildlife Care Center - Tinsley Hunsdorfer

Filed under: Messages From Staff

Aug. 29, 2014: Felipe Guzman is a 19-year-old TALON intern at the Audubon Society of Portland who is about to complete his second season in the Wildlife Care Center. Felipe started his internship with no experience with birds and has grown into an integral part of the care center team during its busiest months. In this blog post, he reflects on his experiences at Audubon. More...

Wildlife Care Center operations manager Lacy Campbell and TALON intern Felipe Guzman examine an Osprey

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