Season’s Greetings from Freedom Center for Wildlife

Season’s Greetings from Freedom Center for Wildlife
As another holiday season begins, we at Freedom Center wish to thank all of our supporters who have made a difference in the lives of animals across southern New Jersey. Without you, we would not be able to fulfill our mission and accomplish the work needed here in our area. Over the years, we have received most of the more common animals seen at wildlife centers, including squirrels, opossums, rabbits, groundhogs, raccoons, ducks, geese, songbirds, owl...

The Benefit of Counting Birds

The Benefit of Counting Birds
Freedom Center for Wildlife volunteer Allison McClure recently published an article in The Huffington Post titled, "Counting Birds: Over a Century of Citizen Science." The article highlights three important projects, including the Christmas Bird Count, Project FeederWatch, and the Great Backyard Bird Count, in which tens of thousands of people participate every year. The combined data from these citizen science projects help researchers understand factors

Getting Ready for Fall and Winter

Getting Ready for Fall and Winter
We always breathe a sigh of relief when fall approaches, and we congratulate ourselves for surviving the spring and summer baby season. However, there really is no “down time” in wildlife rehabilitation. Some local wildlife still think it’s time to have babies, like squirrels, rabbits, and the occasional dove or pigeon. But for the young born in spring, the autumn months test their skills at finding food and shelter, usually the first time without their mo...

Fall Hawk Migration

Fall Hawk Migration
From now until the end of November, the Atlantic Flyway will be a busy place. Thousands of migratory birds will pass through this region on their way to warmer temperatures and better food sources. This region is between the Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, where air currents are favorable for flight. The mountains provide updrafts created by the wind bouncing off their surfaces. Because most hawks soar, they need the updrafts provided by temp...

Why I Volunteer

Why I Volunteer
Growing up, I always wanted to be a veterinarian. I would watch the vet shows on Animal Planet. I also had a small zoo in my house- dogs, cats, fish, parrots, hamsters, and an iguana. I've always loved animals and I wanted to take care of them. I found out that you needed to be in college for a long time to become a veterinarian and my dreams were crushed. It seemed too long to be in school and I wouldn't be able to afford it. Fast forward to present da...

Rodenticides & the Silent Killing of Wildlife

Rodenticides & the Silent Killing of Wildlife
Rodenticides by definition are any agents that kill, repel or control rodents. Wikipedia defines rodenticides as "pest control chemicals intended to kill rodents". Many rodenticides, in fact most used in the United States, include anticoagulants as the primary ingredient. Anticoagulants are usually classified as first generation or second generation. Those classified as second generation have a much longer duraiton of action and include brodifacoum and

My First Rescue

My First Rescue
It's very interesting how certain events in your life stick with you and are easier to recall than others. Even though it has been fifteen years, I remember the first time I helped a wild animal in distress like it was yesterday. I had just started volunteering for my local wildlife rehabilitation center and was on my way home after spending four hours feeding baby squirrels and cleaning their enclosures. That first summer I dubbed myself "The Squirrel ...

About Our Honeybees

About Our Honeybees
Not long ago, someone asked my advice about a bee hive in her yard. I contacted Ruth Brooks at Freedom Center for Wildlife and she steered me to the New Jersey Beekeepers Association. I knew there was a crisis in the honey bee population, but I learned a whole lot more - including that the honeybee is New Jersey's State insect, and that it's illegal to kill them in the Garden State. Most North American honeybees are the gentle, Italian variety. Honeybees w...

Helping those who Rescue Animals

Helping those who Rescue Animals
When some people think of wildlife rehabilitation, they only think of the hands-on animal care given and the prospect of that animal being released. But with these tasks comes the responsibility of helping the person who found the animal and educating them with the information needed to help it. One such opportunity came to us two years ago; it began with the best intentions, but due to bad information and no experience with a wild animal, could have tu...