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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, Bald Eagles

Have you ever heard of an avian rehabilitation technique called imping? Most people, unless they’ve cared for injured birds, have never heard of this falconry practice dating back several thousand years. More...

Photo by Tom Schmid

Despite being a quiet, relatively small, and nocturnal mammal, skunks aren’t widely embraced as a favorite urban species. In addition to building dens in remote and varied habitats, skunks have been known to den beneath people’s porches and in their sheds, leading residents to worry that their dogs or cats could get sprayed. If people knew just how easy it is to safely and humanely prompt skunks to vacate and relocate themselves, so many lives would be saved. More...

This young skunk explores its surroundings in its brand new forest habitat.

Wildlife face many human-caused threats such as habitat loss, window strikes, car collisions, poaching and lead poisoning. Audubon works to address all the major cause of bird declines with the majority of our focus going to protecting and restoring habitat. More...

House Finches receiving one of their many feedings. Photo by Lauren Lark

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...

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