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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.

A Northern Saw-whet Owl hit a window at Corbett Elementary school causing its legs to be temporarily paralyzed. With a lot of time and care, this owl recovered and was released back into the wild. More...

Northern Saw-whet Owl Receives Exam by Lacy Campbell

Back in early March we received a baby Great Horned Owl that had been found with its dead sibling and destroyed nest in Vancouver, Washington. A storm blew the nest out of the tree leaving the bird was soaked, cold, and in need of our help. More...

Great Horned Owl a week after it was returned to its parents - Photo by by Scott Carpenter

Filed under: Release, Raptors, Lead poisoning

On December 31, 2015 Chris Kaleta turned into her driveway and spotted something brown in the grass. She got out of her car to get a closer look and found an immobile and sick looking Red-tailed Hawk on the ground. Chris ran inside to get her husband, Gary, and both approached the bird, even reaching down to find that, despite the cold temperatures outside, he was still warm. More...

Red-tailed Hawk recovers in flight cage before release

On Sunday afternoon the clouds cleared and the sun came out just as Deb Sheaffer, the Wildlife Care Center Veterinarian, and Lacy Campbell, the Care Center Operations Manager, arrived at Waterfront Park in downtown Portland with the Willamette Bald Eagle. More...

Photo of release by Tom Schmid

Filed under: Bald Eagles

In mid-February, the Wildlife Care Center received a call from the Portland Harbor Master about a Red-breasted Merganser stuck in fishing line in the Willamette River down by the South Waterfront. Lacy Campbell, our WCC Operations Manager, and Kathleen Studdert, a volunteer, headed down with a small net, box, and towel to cut the bird out of the fishing line and bring it back for assessment. More...

Lacy Campbell enters the Willamette River to rescue a Bald Eagle and Red-breasted Merganser / Photo by Kathleen Studdert

Filed under: Release, Mammals

In September, an injured Aplodontia was brought to the Wildlife Care Center for treatment. The animal suffered from abrasions on its feet and was observed walking in circles, signs that led Deb Sheaffer, our veterinarian, to suspect it had been hit by a car and sustained a head injury. Staff and volunteers kept their expectations low fearing that the damage might be too severe for the animal to recover. More...

Filed under: Waterbirds

Three Green Herons were taken in by the Wildlife Care Center, treated, and then returned to the wild. More...

In August our Care Center took in three Common Murres, a marine bird that some might mistake for a penguin due to its black and white feathers. These birds, although not brought in at the same time, all suffered from the same issue. Each one was emaciated and found in various states of distress by Good Samaritans along the Oregon coast. More...

Photo by Wendy Shoemaker

Filed under: Waterbirds

September 22, 2015: Many people have wondered what happened to the Great Blue Heron that used to visit Tanner Springs Park in the Pearl. We're sorry to say, the Heron died in May after being injured by fishing equipment. More...

Photo Credit: Ali Berman

Filed under: Waterbirds

July 13, 2015: Audubon Society of Portland conservation director Bob Sallinger recounts a recent heron rescue. More...

Audubon Society of Portland conservation director Bob Sallinger (center) works to remove tangled material from around a heron’s beak – Ron Schmidt

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