Wildlife Care Center Avian Influenza Intake Policy (updated 5/20/2022)
Portland Audubon will not be accepting ANY injured ducks or geese for treatment, including ducklings or goslings. Multiple goslings in Oregon have tested positive for HPAI, which is why we are making this difficult update when they initially had been presumed to be low risk. If you have found orphaned or abandoned ducklings or goslings that appear healthy, you can attempt to foster them with a wild waterfowl family by following our instructions here.
Injured ducks and geese are being referred to Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) (in the Portland area, the Sauvie Island office or Clackamas office). ODFW will provide these animals with humane euthanasia. Please call ahead when possible. We are taking this step because wild ducks and geese are considered “carriers” of this disease and are often asymptomatic. Allowing them into a hospital facility potentially puts the entire population of animals at the hospital at risk. We will continue accepting all other species native to the Pacific Northwest. Read more information here.
Protocols for Dropping Off an Animal During COVID-19
The WCC is still accepting wildlife admissions during normal hours, but is closed to all other activities. That means that the Portland Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary does not have a public restroom or a place to fill your water bottle. Please plan ahead if you’re visiting; for everyone’s safety, the WCC staff and volunteers have been instructed not to answer the door for anything but wildlife admissions. The closest restroom is a port-a-potty at the parking lot of Forest Park.
Admissions are now no-contact, for everyone’s protection. When you arrive, during open hours there are carriers and shelving with warmed heating pads on our porch. If possible, bring animals in boxes you don’t mind parting with. Leave your animal in one of the carriers/on the shelves, fill out an admission form with as much information as possible, ring the doorbell and stand back. We’ll come out to retrieve the animal once you are behind the orange cones. If needed, we will bring your container back out after we’ve transferred the animal to a safe place.
Remember that by following these procedures, you’re keeping yourself safe and you’re also helping hundreds of animals by helping to keep our staff healthy and our center open!
About the Wildlife Care Center
Portland Audubon’s Wildlife Care Center is the oldest wildlife hospital in Oregon and gives injured and orphaned native animals a second chance at life in the wild. Through education and advocacy, the Wildlife Care Center also serves as a resource to help our community live more harmoniously with wildlife.
Under permits issued by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the center provides care for more than 4,000 wild animals and responds to over 10,000 wildlife-related inquiries annually. The current facility was built in 1987, and is operated by three full time staff, a wildlife veterinarian, and more than 100 volunteers.
How Does the Care Center Work?
Injured and orphaned wildlife that are brought to the center receive care tailored to their individual needs. In addition to species- and age-appropriate food and housing, this care includes a wide range of options including:
- Veterinary care – medications, wound care, fracture stabilization, and surgery
- Diagnostics – radiographs, lead testing, and blood work
- Reconditioning – physical therapy, flight space, and exercise plans
Once they have recovered and/or are old enough to survive, patients are released back into the wild to rejoin the ecosystem.
Guests are welcome to meet three of our Education Animals that are on public display outside the Wildlife Care Center. Currently, our observation windows into the center are unavailable, as the center undergoes a much-needed remodel. However, they will be back and better than ever once the remodel is complete.