Can you believe it? 
As of today, we have admitted 1,154 patients so far this year. In the peak of busy season, our clinic can admit 20+ patients per day, and we are releasing healthy patients as quickly as they are ready. 

Today we released 5 Barn Owl patients, each of whom came to us orphaned and in need of help. They were fostered by Rhett, our resident Barn Owl Ambassador and world-class foster dad. While Rhett is raising his adopted young, he becomes fiercely protective of them. His handlers, who he works with every day, suddenly become potential threats to his young. When cleaning his enclosure and placing food for him and his owlets, handlers must wear helmets and gloves to protect them from his swooping. It is incredible to witness Rhett take these baby raptors in as his own and teach them to become Barn Owls! As we released them back into the wild this afternoon, we had Rhett to thank for preparing them for a successful life in their natural habitat.

Our education team has been keeping themselves busy, too. We have just completed our second week of summer camps, hosting about 40 children ages 5-11. Each of these young learners got the chance to explore our 4-acre Education Center, learn about the amazing species they share their home with, and understand the impact their decisions can have on wildlife. What a joy to watch them learn and grow into future protectors of wildlife! 

It's been 6 months since I stepped into the role of Executive Director, and not a day has gone by that I haven't been amazed by the compassion, dedication and fortitude that I see in each of our volunteers, wildlife rescuers, and donors. You, as part of our community, truly make a difference for our wild friends. For every orphaned Barn Owl that gets its second chance, or every child that is inspired into action, you are the driving force behind it. When you support us, you strengthen the foundation that enables this work to take place. We can't thank you enough for that.

Until next time,

Sarah Spangler
Executive Director
Chintimini Wildlife Center

currently in the clinic:

While we can't show you every single animal we admit, we love sharing some of our more notable patients and remarkable recoveries with you. Check out a few patients admitted this month who are currently in our care:

Our raccoon patients are growing up! Here are a couple of them enjoying a little enrichment with this tree stump. 

Two American mink kits were brought to us this month by the Oregon State Police and ODFW. The minks were found orphaned after their mother had been struck by a vehicle. They are in good health, and are eating well on their own. We appreciate the collective effort of all involved with the rescue of these youngsters, including the help of the Oregon Coast Aquarium!

Little Brown Bats are small, but can you believe how small the pups are? This tiny male was found with its umbilical cord still attached and weighs in at 1 gram. After the mother gave birth, she flew off to an unknown location and did not retrieve the baby. Luckily, the finder kept him warm and brought him to us right away. He is now being cared for around the clock by our rehab staff. And yes, that is a penny beside him, for size comparison!
If you'd like to help these and other patients, the very best way to do that is by making a donation. Cash contributions allow us to make sure our clinic is fully stocked and staffed so that each of our patients receives the best care possible. We can also accept in-kind donations of specific supplies we need. To learn more about either of these giving opportunities, please visit our website. 
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join us for july camps!

Our week-long camps immerse children in the richness of wildlife. These themed camps provide a detailed exploration of the topics at hand. Our July offerings focus on scientific concepts and feature our Raptor Ambassador team - birds of prey who work in our education programs to educate the public on the species they represent.
HOT OFF THE PRESS! Read the latest posts from the Chintimini Wildlife Center blog.
Level Two Training Recap - What happens in a Level 2 Training? Read about the skills our volunteers are learning.
Getting Skunked - Lessons learned about this "smelly" species from volunteer Cherie MacDougall
Bald Eagle Rescue - Read the story of a recent Bald Eagle patient rescue by volunteer Claudia Benfield

introducing... our interns!

To help us keep things running smoothly through the busy summer season, we've hired 6 interns who are eager to learn more about working with wildlife in a clinical setting. They work directly with our seasoned staff, who appreciate their enthusiasm and energy!
Allison began as a volunteer at CWC and decided to apply for the rehab internship as she began exploring future career paths. She is a third year Biology major at OSU, and is interested in conservation and the restoration of habitats. She considers herself an advocate to animals and is excited to learn more about our local wildlife.
Currently a sheep handler for OSU’s Sheep Research Center, and a Zoology major at OSU, Cassidy dreams of someday becoming a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. She is looking forward to spending her summer helping animals and learning what it takes to work in wildlife rehabilitation.
With aspirations to become an exotic/wildlife veterinarian, Julia is looking to use this internship to gain hands-on experience in the field as she continues her studies. She is also enjoying her time meeting like-minded people who wish to provide aid to injured animals.

Kaylee is currently studying in the Botany department at OSU. Though she plans to pursue a graduate degree in Pathology, she has always had an interest in wildlife rehabilitation. She enjoys working with the animals and the group of people who serve them.

Marissa spent 8 years living on a farm caring for a variety of animals. It was here that she discovered her desire to find a career path that includes animals, which then grew towards a focus on wildlife conservation and rehabilitation. She is currently studying in the Animal Science department at OSU.
Sarah is a third year Biochemistry major at OSU. She plans to pursue a career in veterinary medicine with a focus in wildlife conservation. In the past, she’s volunteered at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in California and worked as a veterinary technician. She hopes to gain experience with wild animals to aid in her veterinary training, while making a difference in the health of animals.
Our supporters are a vital part of our community. Each of the summer interns above is volunteering in our wildlife rehabilitation clinic several days per week for the next 8 weeks. We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to all of the volunteers, donors and other supporters who make our work possible.
Please join us in thanking each of our interns for their outstanding commitment to serving our community's wildlife. 
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