Here at the Chintimini Wildlife Center, our staff and volunteers both look forward to and brace for BABY SEASON! Of course nursing orphaned animals and reuniting them with their parents has its rewards, not to mention the cuteness factor, but the sheer volume of animals can be very time consuming and is sometimes overwhelming. For example, some newborn songbirds need to be fed every 15 minutes from sun up to sun down! All in all though, it simply is the best and most interesting time of year at the clinic.
This March we have already gotten a taste of many of the tiny patients to come. Let’s take the time, while we have it, to introduce the first of the little ones.
The very first baby birds of the season are not so little. This past week we received a call about a Great Horned Owl nestling that was on the ground under a tree. Apparently a recent rain and wind storm had caused it to fall out of its nest. The caring property owners who had called had noticed the parents feeding him on the ground and heard their calls.
Animal Care Director Kelsey Lance went to rescue the nestling and found it was too young to be out of the nest. He was brought back to the clinic, where staff warmed it up, gave him an exam and found that there were no injuries. He was deemed healthy with a full belly of food, which indicated that his parents had fed him recently.
Zany Zoology every Thursday starting April 14th to June 9th
Why can’t I see owls in the tree? How many babies can a garter snake have? How do rough-skinned newts protect their eggs? Why can mammals walk in the snow and still keep warm? We will find the answer to these and many other questions as we learn how zoology helps us to better understand how animals survive.
Like all of our patient admissions, they usually begin with a compassionate human dropping off a box with a sick or orphaned critter inside. For common birds and mammals, most people can accurately identify the species. In the case of our 100th patient, the rescuer had brought us an injured robin. Luckily he knew the bird’s story; it was attacked by a cat. Continue reading “Our 100th Patient Sustains a Very Common and Avoidable Injury”
You’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.
Wondering 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!”
This 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!
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”
Arabian Camel Limited edition giclee print # 2/220 Image 23” x 16” and the paper size is 27” x 20”. Ketzia.com
Calling all artists with a special love for wildlife! Art is Wild 2016, an art auction and fundraiser for Chintimini Wildlife Center, is taking place on May 20, 2016. In order to submit artwork, please complete the form below. Thanks in advance for your interest and please share this open call with other artists.
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
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”