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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.

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

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

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