Seven hundred eleven.

That's the number of wildlife patients we have served year-to-date as of June 1, 2018.
That's also about 100 more patients than we had served on the same date in 2017.

Last year, we shared with you the news that the Willamette Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Eugene had rather abruptly closed its doors. As we began receiving more and more calls about wildlife in need from that area, it seemed that we were going to have to make a tough decision. Do we turn away these animals and the people who have worked so hard to find care for them? Or do we step up and find a way to help?

You probably guessed: we chose the second option. And we're humbled that so many of you chose it with us. Last year, about 1 out of every 4 patients admitted to Chintimini Wildlife Center was from the Eugene area. And with that new patient load came a whole host of new needs: more food, more medicine, more animal care supplies... With overwhelming support from community members like you, we were able to help many injured and orphaned wildlife in this new service area. 

One year later, we continue to welcome with open arms our wildlife neighbors from Eugene. And we hope that you will consider making a donation today to ensure that the care they receive from us is truly exceptional.
This Great Blue Heron chick is recovering from a wing fracture in our baby bird room. We have our fair share of Great Blue Herons each year, but it’s rare for us to admit one this young.
This male Striped Skunk kit was brought to us last week. He was found orphaned, and the finders think that his mother was killed by rodenticide poisoning.

Fortunately, he is doing well in our nursery and is growing rapidly!
This tiny Bushtit was admitted to our ICU with a wing injury. Did you know you can determine the sex of a Bushtit from its eye color? This bird has pale eyes, making her an adult female, whereas juveniles and males have dark brown eyes.
This female Rufous Hummingbird came to us after an unknown trauma. She was unable to fly and appeared quite weak. Hummingbirds can be territorial, and it is possible that she suffered from an attack prior to admittance. Wish her well!
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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It takes a whole community of people to serve our native wildlife, and we are so lucky to have you as part of our community.

All the best,

Sarah Spangler
Executive Director
Chintimini Wildlife Center

PS - Also wanted to share a quick news story on this topic from the Eugene Weekly. It includes an interview with our Wildlife Rehabilitation Program Director, Mary Estes. Check it out!

Sparky (2005 - 4/26/2018)

As many of you know, we have been supporting our beloved Sparky for some time now through a battle against cancer. Along the way, treatment efforts included multiple surgeries and pain management. Much of the cost of this treatment was covered by our outstanding local veterinarian partners. In April, after exhausting all other options, we finally said goodbye to Sparky.

Later this year, we plan to hold a celebration of life for Sparky and the other Ambassadors we have had the great pleasure of knowing. Stay tuned for more information.

To read about Sparky's incredible rescue, and how he touched the hearts of all who knew him, please read the following eulogy written by long-time volunteer Claudia Benfield, found here.

Mother's Day Open House 

We'd like to take a moment to share with you some results from this year's annual Open House.
  • We welcomed over 300 visitors to our Education Center for a day of raptors, arts & crafts, discovery in the pond, and more. Thank you for joining us!
  • Our visitors helped us raised almost $1,400 to support our work of protecting & celebrating native wildlife
Stay informed on our upcoming events by checking our monthly e-news and following us on social media! 

Summer Camp Season!

Our week-long camps immerse campers in the richness of wildlife! These themed camps provide a detailed exploration of the topics at hand. Several camps include an optional overnight camp out. See our website for a list and details of this year's upcoming camps. 
Wildlife Warriors, August 6-10, $185
Wilderness 101 & 102, Aguust 13-17 & 20-24, $235
Radical Raptors, July 23-27, $200
Wild About Wetlands, June 25-29, $200
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.
re-nesting owlets by Mark Meyer
Bald Eagle Rescue - Read the story of a recent Bald Eagle patient rescue by volunteer Claudia Benfield
  jess bowman

CWC: Do you have a favorite or most memorable patient (past or present)?

JB: Well there was the goose that almost killed me (not really!). I still have a dent in my shin bone. But in general, Barred Owls are my favorite. They are so pretty and they look at you with these eyes full of galaxies.
Supporters like Jess are a vital part of our community. We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to all of the volunteers, donors and other supporters who make our work possible.

Thank you, Jess, for being a Champion for wildlife!
Want to be a Champion too? Donate Today!
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