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Eagle Flight Pen gofundme

Hello supporters! We need your help. We’ve started a gofundme campaign to raise funds to replace the eagle pen we lost this winter due to heavy snow. Donations to Rowena Wildlife Clinic are tax-deductible, either by receipt through the clinic or from gofundme directly – I’m sorting that out. Please follow the link, donate as you are able, and share widely. Many thanks.

rebuilding the pen

Defenders of Wildlife: The Year of Coexistence: May, Red Wolves

by Shannon Perry

For every step forward for a species under protection from the endangered species act, there are a few steps back. So follows the somewhat heartbreaking saga of the red wolf in the Carolinas. It has undergone protections, reintroductions, abandonment of said reintroductions, and then Fish and Wildlife seems to throw up their hands and say they belong in zoos. Let’s hope that in the next couple years things start to turn around. We can only hope, can’t we? And we can all put our voices behind letter writing, calls to reps and indeed to the Fish and Wildlife Service. Please read on to find out about the lack of support for these amazing wolves that will interbreed with coyotes as a last resort. May they survive.

Happy Earth Day

By Shannon Perry

Earth Day is a sacred day in my opinion. Notice that you can make the word scared out of the same letters. Let’s try just for today to focus on the beauty and profundity of nature, its toughness and strength and great ability to recover. I am away from the clinic. Having just hiked through Joshua trees that could have been thousands of years old, I am entirely humbled by their ability to survive. I wish I were a better photographer, but bear with me as I share my iPhone photos of Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas, Nevada. Also I share a beautiful poem from Earth Prayers, edited by Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon, Harper Collins 1991. Be well and love the Earth.

A Prayer to Humankind

By Manitonquat

Test post

Hi, all. This is Frank, the RWC webmaster. You may be aware the system hasn’t been sending out new blog post notifications. I’m working on it and can’t think of a better way to test the system than to pester everyone! Please forgive me. . .for this and any future tests.



Revisiting the Orcas

By Shannon Perry

While there was good news about a calf born to the Southern Resident Orcas, there is other sad news about two adults near death. With only about 15 years to turn things around for them before their extinction, now is certainly the time for action. Click the link below to ask Governor Inslee, WA, and Oregon and Washington senators to pressure the Corps of Engineers to breach dams on the Snake River to get needed salmon to feed theseh orcas, such a part of our culture in the Northwest.
Endangered Species Coalition

Wolf on Mt. Hood Found Dead

photo by ODFW

by Shannon Perry

A year-and-a-half old male wolf from the White River pack on Mt. Hood was found dead. There were no poisons or lead present in the wolf, but his paw was injured. He had been fitted with a radio collar, and it’s possible the wolf was injured during the capture process. He was very thin.

The population of wolves in western Oregon are still protected. Those east of Highway 395 are not. This is still a fragile group, and the Oregon wolf conservation plan is missing protections, as has been previously covered in the blog. A decision is expected in March, minus environmental groups that left in protest. Let’s hope the wolf pups born to this group fare better.

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The Year of Coexistence

Photo by Russell McNeil, Creative Commons Photo by

March 30, 2019

By Shannon Perry

Some of us feel we’re in the movie Groundhog Day.  We keep waking up to the same hellish morning with the current administration pulling a new stunt more horrific than the last. 

In contrast, Defenders of Wildlife has declared this the year of coexistence. Each month a different animal is highlighted. Imagine if this were the principal guiding federal policy.

I know I’ve missed a couple months, but those of us in the Gorge were hibernating. Spring is here, and I return to my blog!

Quick update if you haven’t seen that new wolves have been spotted around Crater Lake. They’re calling them Indigo Wolves which I find rather poetic. Their tough stubbornness to survive despite bad odds and policy moves me greatly.

Oregon’s Wolf Conservation Plan in Trouble

by Shannon Perry

Oregon Wild and other sister organizations walked away from ODFW’s proposed wolf conservation plan, rather than sign off on recommendations that rejected every suggestion from environmental groups and scientists. Despite working with a professional facilitator, negotiations were unsuccessful.

Some objectionable aspects include allowing trophy hunting for pelts and trapping. ODFW is seen as shifting more money and power to their agency with less oversight. Barring changes in the plan, conservation groups will be looking for other means to support Oregon’s small wolf population. For more information and action steps please see the link below.

Is Oregon Overhunting Cougars?

ODFW photo


By Shannon Perry

Some research indicates that cougar overhunting may lead to problem interactions with humans. These issues arise when mature male cougars are removed from their territory. These cats have survived to adulthood because they didn’t attack livestock, etc, Their deaths leave room for younger males to move into these areas and it is generally the younger cougars who tend to be problematic. Rob Wielgus has studied cougar populations in the Northwest. While not everyone agrees with him, other studies have supported his findings and theories.

It’s also very hard to estimate cougar populations accurately. Oregon is one of the few states that counts kittens in the total population. This is relevant because hunting quotas are based on these estimates. By overhunting, the social balances get out of kilter and tragedies such as the death of the hiker on Mt. Hood are more likely to occur.For more information, see this OPB article.

A New Solution for Bird Strikes

Photo by ODFW

By Shannon Perry

If you’re like me, you try your best to prevent that very disturbing sound of a bird hitting one of your windows. I want to give a shout out to Tracie Hornung for spotting this simple solution that really reduces the number of strikes. It uses cords hung outside your windows at about 4 inches apart. The website includes ordering or directions for how to make your own. At the clinic, we use netting which seems pretty effective for those who might want to try it.

Bird Savers