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A Time to Give Thanks
 
Can you believe it's already November? Though it's hard to choose, I think this might be my favorite time of year here at Chintimini. We've just exited what we affectionately refer to as our "busy season." The baby animals have grown up and been released, our summer campers have gone back to school, and our resident wildlife are cozied up for the long winter. Everything seems to be nestling back into its "home."

And is there anything more worthy of thanks than our home? 

Home can be a house, a community, a region, a planet. We hope for our home to be a place of comfort - a place to feel safe and secure. This year, Chintimini has been so fortunate to be able to take large steps toward securing our home for the years to come. We're excited to share some of that news with you all very soon. But before we do all that... before you begin receiving year-end fundraising requests from us and the other organizations you support... before we put on our "2020" New Year's Eve glasses and ring in the new year, we want to just stop and say

Thank You. 

Your support has helped us admit and care for more than 2,150 injured and orphaned wild animals this year. You've helped hundreds of your neighbors learn about and connect with local wildlife. You've given our resident Raptor Ambassadors a place to live, learn, and share their stories. You may not have realized it, but you've helped so many people and animals find "home" this year. For that, we can't thank you enough. 

As we move into the holiday season, we wish you every comfort in the place you call home. We wish you warm evenings by the fireplace, surrounded by the people (or animals, or books, or foods!) you love. We wish you time spent reflecting on happy memories, and time spent creating new ones. We wish you safety, security, and joy: the very things you've given us and the animals we serve. 

In gratitude,


Sarah Spangler
Executive Director
Chintimini Wildlife Center

Wildlife Rehabilitation
Recent Patients

As our "busy season" winds down and our juvenile patients require less and less intensive care, we begin to see a transition in what animals we admit to our wildlife hospital. Temperatures drop and we receive more rainfall this time of year, and we start to see more raptors - owls, hawks, eagles, and falcons of all sizes are brought to us in need of care after being struck by vehicles, or downed by combinations of rodenticide poisoning, lead toxicity, or emaciation. Our current count of wildlife patients admitted as of November 6th is 2,164!

A juvenile Garter snake was brought to us after being found lethargic and bleeding. Luckily, the snake suffered only minor injuries and needed just a short stay at our wildlife hospital.

So happy the snake had such a sssssspeedy recovery!

A male Northern Saw-whet Owl is recovering from head trauma in our ICU after he'd recently been struck by a vehicle.

He is being closely monitored as he continues to make small improvements each day.

Our Red-tailed Hawk patient continues to amaze us with his remarkable recovery! You may remember that this hawk had been struck by a vehicle, leaving him with two fracture sites on his left leg that were in need of surgical repair (thank you, Dr. Peterson!).

His surgical pins have now been removed and his most recent x-rays are very promising. Today, he was moved out of our ICU into one of our outdoor enclosures, which will allow him more comfort and mobility. He’s eating well, perching wonderfully, and able to move around his new “digs” with ease.

Thank you to our wonderful community of supporters - we’ve already raised over $1,050 toward his recovery!

It may seem odd to see an owl and an apple in the same picture, but what better way for us to show you how small a Northern Pygmy Owl is?

This owl had recently been struck by a vehicle and is recovering from head trauma. He has begun to self-feed and although he isn’t 100% yet, he’s definitely made improvements.

What You Might've Missed...
In The News

A collaboration between farmers, wildlife conservationists, and county government in 2017 resulted in a grant program (AWPP) that works to provide education and grant funding to farmers who are looking to implement non-lethal wildlife deterrents on their farms. Chintimini Wildlife Center is just one of the many collaborators taking part in these services.

The overall mission of the program is to reduce the number of wild predators killed due to conflicts with wildlife by providing our community with alternative measures. The program is in its second year, and just recently awarded $32,000 to nine Benton County farms. As farmers are seeing results, word about the county's program is spreading and has been featured in articles published by OSU extension as well as the online magazine, On Pasture.

To learn more about the grant program, check out the County's website:

Click here to read more about Benton County's Agriculture and Wildlife Protection Program
Volunteer Spotlight
James Bowden
James volunteers countless hours each week on several different shifts. He dedicates a lot of his time and energy to CWC, performing shift duties and working to ensure our outback patients have suitable pre-release habitats in their enclosures. He volunteers as a transport driver for critical patients in need of a ride to our Center. He is also a member of our board! We are very thankful to the effort he puts into helping CWC thrive and for his dedication to local wildlife.
 
 Please join us in thanking James for his outstanding commitment to serving our community's wildlife. 
 
Click here to learn more about James or to read about previous Volunteer Spotlights!

Thank you for
Community Support

We’d like to thank OSU’s GEOG 300 volunteers for coming out to our Center and completing service projects this month. Each year, students from Dr. Steve Cook’s Sustainability for the Common Good class volunteer for a day doing various projects at CWC. This year they helped us get our many blackberry brambles under control and cleared our large education field of debris. They worked hard and it shows!

We'd also like to thank the 6th graders at Village School in Eugene for completing their service project at CWC earlier this month! The students raised money for our Center during their annual walk-a-thon and then worked on important grounds maintenance on-site to help us with keeping our guest paths clear of weeds.

 

Timberhill Dental hosted a candy buyback event, where kids were encouraged to bring their Halloween candy in exchange for "Dollars, Not Decay!" The event was a huge success - they collected hundreds of pounds of candy from over 250 kids. All 7 candy bins were filled to the brim, and they even had an overflow bucket! Timberhill Dental will be donating matching funds to Chintimini Wildlife Center. 

Thank you for your generosity!

Want to help support our work?
Three Ways to Give this Fall

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Our supporters are a vital part of our community. We are lucky to work with some of the most compassionate people around who ensure that the animals in our care are safe and healthy. We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to all of the volunteers, donors and other supporters who make our work possible. Thank you.
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