Monthly Archives: July 2018

Wildlife and Wildfire

By Shannon Perry

Soon after our animals returned from evacuation, we found ourselves hosting the raptors from the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center due to a brush fire. First responders did an amazing job of containing that fire to 19 acres and the birds returned to the center. It got me thinking about wildfire again.

As the effects of climate change increase, one that impacts our world is the growing length of the wildfire season. We may cringe at the idea of animals dying in fires, yet there is evidence that there are some animals that benefit from fire. Others are disadvantaged and their populations decline. In a study, fishers, western bluebirds, and cavity nesters increased in population, while mountain chickadees declined, as did spotted owls. Cavity nesters such as Lewis’ woodpeckers benefitted due to standing snags. However, salvage logging removes this habitat. 

If you’d like more information, please read the selected links.

http://wildlife.org/wildfire-toward-understanding-its-effects-on-wildlife-from-the-wildlife-professional/

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/07/140721-animals-wildlife-wildfires-nation-forests-science/

Baby Animal Season Continues

By Shannon Perry

We have had quite a variety of baby animals coming into the clinic. Sometimes we are able to send them back from where they came, as in the case of a baby robin from an orchard. It was uninjured so we fed it and sent it back with the kind young man who found it to return in the vicinity where it was found.

Other babies have been injured or caught by a cat or dog and we do our best to nurture them along. Please consider keeping your kitty indoors. Here are some tips to help you both assess the need for help, and to keep wildlife safe from cats.

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/injured_orphaned_wildlife.html

http://www.humanesociety.org/news/magazines/2011/01-02/peaceable_backyard_kingdom_protect_cats_wildlife_01032011.html

Photo credits: Humane Society

Safe From Fire

By Shannon Perry

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a harrowing 24 hours, but the animals are all safely back home. The fire was coming up the ravine below the clinic, not really close but too close for comfort. Fortunately the firefighters set up on a long gravel drive there, and that gave comfort.

You can’t really wait until the last minute to evacuate 40+ birds. Many thanks to Elijah Schneider and Jill Barker (shown) and Beagle Barker (not shown) for bringing carriers, a transport van, and packing up patients

The animals are settled back  into their various cages and much happier for it.

Fire in Rowena

By Shannon Perry

You may have heard that a fire started north of I84 by the Memaloose rest area Friday evening (July6). It jumped the freeway and came up the hill toward Rowena. The clinic was on level two evacuation threat, which means be packed and ready. So Jean evacuated many of the animals to be on the safe side. We could have carried on just fine without this added excitement and stress, but all the animals and Jean are safe.

The last word I heard was that the clinic is still in level one evacuation with level two nearby. I will keep you posted as to progress getting the animals back to the clinic.

Best wishes to neighbors in the area that you are safe and your homes unthreatened.