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Be sure that baby animal really needs rescuing: Oregon OKs boosting water for fish

Be sure that baby animal really needs rescuing

After a relatively quiet spring, Rowena Wildlife Clinic is busy again with requests to help injured animals. But before you take an animal away from its home, please be sure it really needs rescuing.

This is the time of year when wild baby mammals and birds are often found by humans, seemingly abandoned and needing help. However, that’s sometimes not the case; mom could be nearby simply foraging, or in the case of birds, she may simply waiting for the fledgling to figure out how to fly off the ground.

To find out if and when you should remove an animal from the wild, see Injured Animals – What You Can Do on the RWC website. Scroll down the page to see when you should not pick up an animal.


Oregon court OKs boosting water spill to aid fish at Northwest dams

Last month the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed an order to spill more water over Columbia and Snake river dams to help protect salmon and steelhead and aid their migration to the sea.

Get more information about this good news in The Oregonian.

Chinook salmon Courtesy USFWS

Chinook salmon
Courtesy USFWS



Scientists say antidepressants could change the ecosystem

Speaking of fish, the journal Environmental Science and Technology last summer published a disturbing report that antidepressant drugs, moving through the wastewater treatment process to lakes and rivers, have been found in multiple Great Lakes fish species’ brains.

For a synopsis of the study, see this article in the Detroit Free Press.


My last blog post

This will be my last blog post for Rowena Wildlife Clinic. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. But homeless domestic animals are calling for my help (or so it seems to me!) and my time is getting stretched thin.

Thank you for your care and concern for wild animals! And don’t forget to donate to Rowena Wildlife Clinic! All donations are tax-deductible.

-Tracie Hornung

Postpone tree removal/pruning until fall or winter

By Tracie Hornung

Bird nest

Now that spring is here, one of the volunteers at the clinic says she hears chain saws in her neighborhood and worries that wildlife habitat will be destroyed in the process . . . which, of course, can spell doom for the animal — and possible offspring — whose home has suddenly disappeared.

In fact, that’s just what happened in the volunteers’ neighborhood. A tree trimmer cut down a tree containing the nest of a Western Gray Squirrel and one of the infant squirrels died. She notes that the clinic receives bird nests from felled trees every year, too.

Tree cutting

Don’t do this now!

Although you should wait until fall or winter to cut down trees to prevent destroying nests, you don’t have to curtail your other spring cleaning efforts as long as you use techniques that won’t harm your wild animal neighbors. Check out this “cheat sheet” by The Humane Society on how to do so.