Out in the Dark: Why Should We Look After Our Local Bat Fauna?

Out in the Dark: Why Should We Look After Our Local Bat Fauna?
The first day of summer is about a week away. While many of us are looking forward to picnics in the park, beach trips, and vacations, a few are scrambling around with slightly different plans for the beginning of the season. Ever since the discovery of white nose syndrome (WNS) and the fungus that causes it (Pseudogymnoascus destructans [a.k.a. Pd]), scientists have taken the task of documenting, surveying, and exploring ways to find and hopefully eradica

Can you Prevent Bird Deaths from Window Strikes?

Can you Prevent Bird Deaths from Window Strikes?
According to the American Bird Conservancy (ABC), a federal study in 2014 found that “up to one billion birds die each year in the United States when they hit glass windows, walls, and other structures, making this threat one of the most costly to bird populations.” The study authors, Scott R. Loss, Sara S. Loss, and Peter P. Marra of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, and Tom Will of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, reviewed twenty-three p...

Sharing the Road with Deer in New Jersey

Sharing the Road with Deer in New Jersey
One in 250 New Jersey vehicles would collide with a deer in 2016. This prediction came from a study by State Farm Insurance. One early evening last October, I came upon an injured doe on a suburban road in south Jersey. I pulled over to see what I could do. I called 911. Several others stopped as well. The police arrived. I wish I could say we were able to save that deer, but we could not. I learned a lot that day. And I’d like to share what I discovered. ...

Domestic Cats Causing Danger to Themselves and Environment

Domestic Cats Causing Danger to Themselves and Environment
  By: Paige Goodstein Thousands of people let their indoor cats freely roam the great outdoors. However, letting your cat outside for some fresh air could have grave impacts on both the environment and your feline. It is important for all cat owners to know these impacts, and what you can do to help. Wildlife Mortality Cats are natural predators. Therefore, instinctively, they prey on other animals. According to studies, the mortality rate of

Protecting your Pond from Wildlife (while keeping them safe)!

Protecting your Pond from Wildlife (while keeping them safe)!
It’s the time that raccoons and herons wait all year for! Of course, we’re talking about backyard ponds opening back up! As ponds thaw out from winter and the fish become more active again, it’s prime time for birds and raccoons to take the opportunity to go fishing. While we want to respect these animals from a distance, we also want to make sure our ponds remain a safe place for the fish. If you realize fish are disappearing from your pond, you may ha...

Spring Reminders

Spring Reminders
Rehabilitation centers all over the country are now dealing with lots of baby animals. You can help in many ways just by knowing when to intervene and when to leave the animal alone. Here are some tips to remember. Fawns Fawns are left alone by the mother for many hours at a time. If you see a young fawn alone, laying down in the grass, look to see if it has flies around it. Look at the ears-are they folded over, and is the fawn crying or struggling to b

Tularemia: Rabbit Fever

Tularemia: Rabbit Fever
Tularemia, or rabbit fever, is caused by the bacteria Francisella tularensis. The organism was named for Tulare County, California where initial studies were performed on native populations of ground squirrels. This is a disease that anyone handling injured or orphaned wildlife should be aware of. (more…)

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...

Anthropogenic Causes of Wild Bird Mortality

Anthropogenic Causes of Wild Bird Mortality
Part 12 - Summary and Conclusion In our last eleven segments we covered 19 human-related causes of wild bird mortality (by-catch, domestic cats, collision mortality, methane gas burners, oil spills, pesticides, power lines, wind farms, trash, acid rain, oil and wastewater pits, horseshoe crab harvesting, disease, invasive species, renewable energy, coal mining, lead poisoning, hunting, and wildlife trafficking). Our objective for this series had been t