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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.

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

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

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