Chintimini Wildlife in the News!

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Read the full articleMandy Kiger explains the difference between the wings of falcons and owls to OSU student Corwin Perren, left. Photo: Godofredo Vasquez, Gazette-Times

The Willamette Valley Bird Symposium, a day-long event that brings together professionals, students, and amateurs from the Willamette Valley to celebrate birds took place last Saturday. Chintimini Wildlife Center’s Raptor Conservation Program volunteers were at the event along with Raptor Ambassador birds educating attendees and answering questions. Read the full article in the Gazette-Times.

 

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Winter Wildlife Field Day 3/12

finley-nwr-oak-savannaOn March 12th, the Audubon Society of Corvallis is hosting a kid’s field day with support from the Chintimini Wildlife Center, the Friends of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Institute for Applied Ecology, Starker Forests, OSU Bird Nerds, and the OSU Forestry Club.

This event is completely FREE to those that attend and runs from 10am to 2pm and will be located at the Finley Wildlife Refuge main office. We hope to see you there!

Fun Day Camps in February!

kids with pizza boxesWondering what your child will do with all those “no-school days” in February? Check out our day camps! Each day is a themed “mini-camp” aimed at educating through play, crafts, exploration, and personal experiences. Day camps are offered during the Corvallis School District non-school days, excluding Thanksgiving and winter break. Sign up here or see below for a list and description of each camp.  Continue reading “Fun Day Camps in February!”

Willamette Valley Bird Symposium This Saturday (1/30)

https_proxyThis Saturday January 30th, Chintimini’s Raptor Conservation Program (RCP) is participating in the Willamette Valley Bird Symposium, a day-long symposium bringing together professionals, students, and amateurs from the Willamette Valley to celebrate birds. A few of our ambassador birds will be there along with our dedicated handlers to answer questions and talk about the program. Today is the last chance to buy tickets to the event here. We hope to see you there!

Learn all about the event at willamettevalleybirds.org

 

Wildlife Stories from 2015

Last year alone, we treated approximately 1,500 patients in our clinic; a new record. It might have been hard to choose, but here are some of our staff and volunteers’ favorites. From eagles to otters, we hope you enjoy these stories from behind the scenes at the Chintimini Wildlife Center as you celebrate the coming of the New Year!

A Patient Owl Never Forget

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This November marked my one year of volunteering at Chintimini Wildlife Center’s Rehabilitation Clinic. Every week since I began, there have been multiple “firsts,” which can’t be said for many organizations. Whether it’s the first time seeing a tiny saw whet owl or a bobcat, or the first time waterproofing the murres, each week I come home with another exciting story. It’s difficult to pick my “favorite” patient of 2015, but one specific animal stands out immediately in my mind. Continue reading “Wildlife Stories from 2015”

Grounded Grebes Flood Chintimini

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Western Grebe

The recent stormy weather on the coast has brought an influx of Western Grebes to Chintimini. In the last several days, 10 have been admitted and more are expected to arrive.

Grebes are great swimmers and divers but due to the placement of their feet very far back on their bodies, their ability to walk on land is extremely poor.  And if that isn’t enough of a problem,  they can only take flight from a substantial amount of water by “running” on the surface to get airborne.

This leaves many grebes in danger if they mistakenly land on the ground. For example, when migrating (which they often do at night) if they spot a wet parking lot or a roadway below, they may land on the pavement thinking the surface is a lake or river. Because they cannot walk or fly, they become ‘grounded.’ Continue reading “Grounded Grebes Flood Chintimini”