Hospital Stories

Hospital update–week of August 5

Aug. 6th, 2012 |

The hospital received 150 animals last week, bringing the total for this year to 4183. Rodenticides (rat poison) can kill more than just rats and mice. Animals that eat dying poisoned rodents can also die. Owls, hawks, foxes, skunks and snakes are all good rodent hunters and can be harmed by these poisoned rodents. Help […]

Hospital update–week of July 29

Jul. 30th, 2012 |

The hospital received 201 animals last week, bringing the total for this year to 4033. As summer heats up, west Nile virus is beginning to be detected across the country. It is spread by mosquitoes and affects wildlife (mostly birds and squirrels in our area) and humans. It is very important that you make sure […]

Hospital update–week of July 15

Jul. 16th, 2012 |

The hospital received 200 animals last week, bringing the total for this year to 3624. Seven of the patients were white-throated swifts. These fast-flying birds spend most of their time in the air where they eat flying insects. In our area, they commonly nest under freeway overpasses.

Hospital update–week of July 1

Jul. 2nd, 2012 |

The hospital received 189 animals last week, bringing the total to 3251 for this year. It’s still fledgling season, with young birds coming out of the nest before they can fly well. They spend time on the ground still being fed by their parents as they learn to fly and build muscles. Don’t automatically assume […]

Hospital update–week of June 24

Jun. 25th, 2012 |

The hospital received 227 animals last week, bringing the total for this year to 3062. Four of the patients were tiny baby California quail that were stuck to a sticky rodent trap. Two were removed safely, but two did not survive. Please do not use sticky traps, especially outdoors where they can trap many animals […]

Hospital update–week of June 10

Jun. 18th, 2012 |

The hospital received 262 animals last week, bringing the total for this year to 2835. Three of the patients were pre-fledgling white-tailed kites that fell a great distance when their nest tree was trimmed. Two of them have wing injuries–fractures and swelling; all three have bruising. Please do not trim trees until after nesting season. […]

Baby White-Tailed Kites Returned Home

Jun. 12th, 2012 |

A party in Antioch Saturday night was interrupted when a baby bird was blown from a tree and hit the roof of the house.When party-goers went to investigate, they discovered a whole nest on the ground with two more babies in it. The babies — white tailed kites — were brought to Lindsay Wildlife Museum. […]

Hospital update–week of June 10

Jun. 11th, 2012 |

The hospital received 229 animals last week, bringing the total to 2573 for this year. Fledgling birds of many species are out of the nest now, but do not fly well yet. They spend time on the ground hopping to low branches as they strengthen their wings and improve their flight techniques. These fledglings are […]

Hospital Update–week of June 3

Jun. 5th, 2012 |

The hospital received 225 animals last week, bringing the total for this year to 2344. Research is now showing that birds DO have a sense a smell but the parenting instinct is so strong it doesn’t matter if the young ones smell like humans. To counteract the old tale of mothers rejecting their babies because […]

Great gray owlet parented by a visual surrogate

Jun. 4th, 2012 |

Recently, the museum was contacted by California Raptor Center at UC Davis. They needed help with a great gray owlet that had been found by biologists on the forest floor beneath its nest in the western Sierra. Biologists examined the tree and determined the nest was not accessible to return the owlet. The next best […]