Bobcat Update: Excellent Follow-Up + Outback Move

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The bobcat getting used to her new outdoor enclosure after a visit to the vet.

First, thanks so much for the incredible support and donations to our Bobcat Recovery Fund. As you know Chintimini Wildlife Center receives no government funding, so every donation goes a long way.

We were able to use the funds to cover the bobcat’s post surgery follow-up examination. After being hit by a car and suffering from a broken femur, she underwent a very successful surgery by our partners at the OSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She has been putting weight on her leg and otherwise acting like a normal feisty bobcat. But before we could move her to an outdoor enclosure in the outback, Jennifer J. Warnock, DVM, PhD wanted to make sure she was healing well enough to make the transition.  Continue reading “Bobcat Update: Excellent Follow-Up + Outback Move”

Save the Date: Art is Wild

Screen Shot 2016-03-23 at 11.12.50 AMYou’re invited to Art is Wild, Chintimini’s Annual Art Show Fundraiser + Auction!

Opening Reception: 7:00pm, May 20, 2016 (silent auction ends 9pm)

Location: CH2M HILL Alumni Center (Address: CH2M HILL Alumni Center, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331)

Come INTO THE WILD to celebrate and support Chintimini Wildlife Center. It will be a night you won’t forget!

A complimentary drink and delicacies from Forks and Corks will be served and a cash bar will be available.

Meet live education birds and Chintimini volunteers. Enjoy extraordinary wildlife and nature inspired art. Win silent & live auctions as well as raffle prizes. Celebrate the people, wildlife and surroundings of our Willamette Valley.

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Thanks to local artist Earl Newman for creating the event poster.

National Squirrel Appreciation Day 2016

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Orphaned Western Gray Squirrel being cared for at the Chintimini Wildlife Center.

It’s National Squirrel Appreciation Day (NSAD) and baby squirrels are one of the best creatures on this planet. They are tiny, cute, and don’t have the upper teeth needed to bite (unlike their adult counterparts). To celebrate all the squirrels in the world, I’m going to tell you a story about just one; one tiny squirrel that stole my heart.

It was summer and in the 90’s. I received a call from our clinic regarding a possible orphaned Western Gray Squirrel which had been seen earlier that morning in downtown Corvallis. Given a general location, I got in my car and went to check it out. It had already been several hours since the last sighting, so I didn’t have high hopes. Wild animals have a habit of wandering off and not staying in the same place for very long. Continue reading “National Squirrel Appreciation Day 2016”

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”

Cleaning You Bird Feeder is for the Birds – Literally!

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Pine Siskin in Incubator / Photo by Jen G. Pywell

Over the years, Chintimini Wildlife Center’s Rehabilitation Clinic has admitted enough wildlife patients to be able to predict seasonal trends. For example, during winter migration when coastal weather is rough we expect many grounded grebes. And summertime is always “baby bird season.” Another species we admit in larger than usual numbers during the wintertime, especially this season, is Pine Siskin.

It may be surprising that what ails many of these tiny songbirds may be lurking in backyard bird feeders – a threat that cannot be seen with the naked eye – Salmonella. With proper feeder maintenance however, we can all help to ameliorate these effects. Continue reading “Cleaning You Bird Feeder is for the Birds – Literally!”

Red-tailed Hawk Release Video


The staff & volunteers at Chintimini Wildlife Center wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Here is a little “stocking stuffer” to add to the joy that we hope you are experiencing today!

After successful rehabilitation, this Red-tailed Hawk was released in Alsea, Oregon on November 21, 2015.

Thanks again for your continued interest and support of Chintimini Wildlife Center.