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Puget Sound WildCare is a 501(c)3 non-profit Organization (80-0514486). With roots in wildlife rehabilitation, our center focuses on promoting conservation & education. We are open to assist citizens with their wildlife questions every day 10:00am to 6:00pm. We cannot take in wildlife for rehabilitation at this time but you can call us for advice. Please do not drop off wildlife on our doorstep. With dropping temperatures, animals may not survive the night if left trapped in a box outside. 

If you have questions about how to help injured wildlife, please call (360) 886-8917 or email us at wildlifesupport@pugetsoundwildcare.org. We will respond within 24 hours. 
                       Even our Bald Eagles are Not Immune to Electrocution! 

It was a normal day on the PS Arabian farm for the Claboes. The sun was shining, and they were tending to the horses. Malea and her husband Jeff noticed that a couple of horses in one of the pastures were making a load of commotion. As they walked down to see what was going on, they noticed one of the horses was pushing a large brown object. The object happened to a young eagle that had stumbled into the wrong place at the wrong time. The Claboes managed to distract the horses long enough for the eagle to crawl under the fence and into an empty pasture. Knowing something was wrong with the young bird, Jeff went into the workshop and grabbed his welding gloves. Along with a large dog crate, he followed the bird into the pasture and was able to catch it. The Claboes gave us a call about what to do with the injured eagle. We advised them to have her taken to a rehabilitator for treatment. The eagle was brought to Sawyer Lake Veterinary Hospital for triage care. 

There the eagle was assessed, and given stabilizing care. An initial exam one completed along with diagnostics to check for underlying illness. After its assessment, the eagle was transported by a volunteer to Discovery Bay Wild Bird Rescue. Here it received it's rehabilitation care from a Raptor specialist. After a few days in rehab, caretakers noticed large bruising on the eagle's tendons in the wings. It was found that the bird had possibly been electrocuted as the bruising became worse each day. Electrical burns are common among animals that land on unprotected power lines. These types of burns are extremely hard to treat as they tend to burn from the inside out. They only start to occur days after the initial incident. Therefore, there is no way to stop them and they will continue to cause damage after the incident had taken place. In this case, the eagle sustained severe burns that damaged its tendons beyond repair. The eagle was humanely euthanized. 

It breaks our hearts that we could not save such a majestic creature. We appreciate all the work the Claboes performed in the recue for the eagle. Without them, it would have suffered in silence. Jeff’s bravery and perseverance allowed this eagle to get the help it needed. We would also like to sincerely thank Discover Bay Bird Rescue for the compassionate care given to the Bald Eagle. Our powerful partner Puget Sound Energy is working hard to get live wires and power lines covered to prevent accidents like this one. Most incidents like this are reported to them so that they can make power supplies safer for all!
     How Energy Companies are Changing their Methods to help Wildlife!
 

Our operations manager, Christina, set up an interview to talk to Mel Walters the Avian Project Manager at Puget Sound Energy. about the work that he does to limit bird injuries and deaths. Mel Walters is the Avian Project Manager at Puget Sound Energy, where he works to make the power line and energy related construction bird friendly. Mel Walters began as the Avian Project Manager in 1989 when the first Osprey was saved, but his work really started in the early 2000’s when the rise of bird incidents increased. The purpose behind this project is to limit the number of collisions that occur between birds and these structures; the estimated number of deaths that are killed by incidents with these electric lines are between 8 and 57 million (U.S Fish and Wildlife Services). To combat this issue the company conducts forty outfits a year which can include fixing 1 to 25 poles, retrofitting poles to be safer and rebuilding construction to make it Avian safe. While fixing old structures they are also able to influence the engineering of new construction for example, new transformers have covered jumpers and have cutout fuse covers and have installed 23,000 bird flight diverter devices to encourage birds to not fly in the path of wires. Not only do these enhancements make it safer for birds but it also reduces power outages. PSE responds to 200 bird related incidents each year and pays for the cost of rehabilitation for the birds that are injured. By creating safer hardware, Mel Walters is limiting the number of collisions that birds have with electrical wires and therefore has already noticed a decreased mortality rate in small birds. According to US Fish and Wildlife between 8 million and 57 million birds are killed in the United States annually from collisions with electric utility lines. Combined with bird impacts from electrocutions, bird mortalities resulting from electric utility lines have been a long-standing bird conservation issue. Electric utility infrastructure continues to increase; resolving conflicts between birds and power lines continues to be an important focus of bird conservation efforts both in the U.S. and around the globe.


To learn more about the Avian Protection Plan visit https://www.aplic.org/ and download the brochure.

                       Why are Anna's Hummingbirds Moving ever more North? 

Out of over 300 hummingbird species in the western hemisphere, only three can be found in the Pacific Northwest; the Rufous Hummingbird, Anna’s Hummingbird, and Allen’s Hummingbird. These hummingbirds range from 3 to 3.9 inches in length and weigh between 0.1 to 0.16 ounces, rufous hummingbird being the smallest in both height and weight. In Washington state, Anna’s Hummingbird can be found year-round, especially during the winter months, where they prefer to stay around Western Washington, although in recent years, they have also expanded their range to include Vancouver, B.C.

However, other species of hummingbirds migrate when the seasons change. Researchers are finding that hummingbirds are arriving earlier for migration due to the change in temperatures throughout their migration routes. These changes are caused by global warming and affects more than just these birds. Hummingbirds rely on nectar as their main source of nutrients. It makes up 90% of their total diet. When they arrive early to their migration location, sometimes plants have not begun blooming. This is causing distress for hummingbirds that arrive early in spring to breed. They must search further distances for their food than normal.

As the winter season approaches, it is important to know how to properly care for hummingbird feeders in order for them to be useful as the hummingbirds migrate to the pacific northwest. Although many people tend to take their hummingbird feeders down during the winter, leaving them up can be a good idea, since stragglers and early arrivals will need the feeders to gain strength. Maintaining hummingbird feeders in the winter is a little more difficult than in the summer, so you should take these steps in order to ensure the best for the hummingbirds:

  1. Make sure that the feeder is located someplace where it can be shielded from the wind. Places near a wall or a tree can be good locations. 

  2. Use a feeder with a dome, in order to keep sleet and snow out.

  3. Routinely rotate out feeders, or bring them indoors in order to defrost or prevent frosting. 

  4. Keep the feeders clean by replacing the feeding solution regularly, around every 2-3 days, even if it is still full, in order to prevent bacteria and fungi from spreading. 

  5. In order to keep the feeder warm, you can attach hand warmers, insulate the feeder with fabric, and/or place Christmas lights around the feeder. A work light can also be set up adjacent to the feeder, about 1-2 feet away. Make sure that the lights used are suitable for outdoor use!

  6. For the feeding solution, only use water and sugar, do not add honey, dyes, or other additives. Keep an eye on the solution often to make sure it does not freeze. 

If you are worried that leaving up your feeder will deter the hummingbirds from migrating, don’t worry! They will migrate no matter what. Additionally, some species of hummingbirds are not migrators, such as the Anna’s Hummingbird, so keeping the feeders will be a big help for them. Lastly, there is a chance that you are located on a migratory route, so having your feeder up can help the hummingbirds survive through their trip. 

                                                    Volunteers Needed!  
 
 At Puget Sound WildCare, we are looking for volunteers to come and sign up to help us out! We are looking for some passionate volunteers to donate their time.  In this year alone, we adopted out over 190 kittens! 

What are Kitten Tamers and how do they help wildlife? They are a group of
volunteers dedicated to socializing cats and kittens who would otherwise not be
adoptable. These animals are usually living outside, without care. Sometimes they come from parks or forests. Sometimes they come from trailer parks and the person feeding them has moved or passed away.  These kittens come in relatively healthy but still need spay/neuter/vaccines/ deworming/flea and tick treatments. Occasionally they will receive our veterinary services for kitten medical issues such as ear mites and diarrhea. Once they are healthy and “friendly” we find them an indoor-only family. Indoor-only is a necessity because of the detriments of cats on native wildlife.  

What is more fun than socializing with kittens? 

We are looking for volunteers who can come in two-three hour shifts per a week. Must love cats! Volunteers age 16+.

Looking for more than just kittens? 

We are in need of volunteers with other skills too! If you are a "handy-man" or have a trade skill, don't hesitate to sign-up. We always need help around the facility with various tasks. Or if you are someone who is great with administrative work and computers. We could use help with organizing and preparing for future events, volunteers and educational programs. Check out our website to see a list of all the volunteer jobs we offer. Check them out here https://www.pugetsoundwildcare.org/volunteer-jobs

We can only have 6 people sign up for orientation due to COVID-19 regulations. Please wear a mask to the orientation. 

As of now, we are expecting to hold an orientation on:

                                       January 10th, 2020 @ 2:00 to 3:15 PM

Link to Volunteer Sign-Up Form: https://forms.gle/nM345EoxCe7WEReQ6
                       Kitten Tamers: Scott is our Volunteer of the Year! 

Volunteer of the year is Scott! Thank you Scott for everything you do the cats and kittens at the center. We could not have taken in and cared for as many cats and kittens as we did without Scott. He truly is a man of many talents. Taming cats happens to be one of them. Therefore, we wanted to shout him out in our final newsletter of the year. 

Scott started off only volunteering with us for 6 hours a week. Soon he fell in love with the cats and kittens more than he ever thought he could. Scott now visits the center every day morning and evening to help care for the cats. He goes above and beyond for us and we are truly grateful to have him on the team. Scott has been more than just a kitten care attendant. He has transported cats back and forth from eastern Washington. Scott has helped us fixed lights, plumbing and cages with his various handy-man skills. We truly appreciate all Scott has done for us, he is by far our best assets. Scott has put in over 879 hours volunteering at the center.
     A Big Thank You to our Sponsors below! 
The Microsoft Alumni Network has made a wonderful commitment this month to stretch match donations made to our center. We are truly grateful for their generosity to our future goals. We excited to create a lasting partnership with them. 
  Thank you for a Year of Partnership with Puget Sound Energy! 

We live in an age of customization and never have to settle for one-size-fits-all. How you pay for your energy should be no different. With our new online payments, you'll find a streamlined experience with options to tailor your payment preferences easily. 

Expanded Payment Options
Choose from a wide selection of preferred payment choices, including eCheck, debit or credit card, PayPal, and, if using your cell, or Venmo (coming soon for mobile app devices and myPSE app only). 

Securely stored payment preferences  
Now with My Wallet, you can securely store your payment preferences without re-entering the information each time you make a payment. 

Easy AutoPay setup
Setting up your AutoPay account has been streamlined. Using My Wallet's payment preferences, your total bill will be paid on the due date, so you'll never have to worry about missing a payment again. 

Payments on the myPSE app
Payments using your mobile app have never been easier. Your payment preferences are securely stored for future use in My Wallet, and you have additional payment options, including PayPal and Venmo. 

Learn more: https://www.pse.com/account-and-billing/payment-options/payment-option-updates  

                    Our Lights affect a Major Food Supply for Wildlife! 
Here we talk about the ecological importance of insects and how human made light affects them! For more information on insects please visit: http://entomology.wsu.edu/
Thank you to Mambe Blankets Co.
We'd like to give a big shout out to Mambe Blanket Co. for their generous donation. Our kittens love snuggling up with the warm fuzzy blankets. Since they are waterproof, they are perfect for the rambunctious kittens and playful puppies. We will let you decide the quality of their blankets, check them out at https://mambeblankets.com/pages/about-us 
We would like to thank Boehringer Ingelheim. Their donation helped us give homeless kittens a chance at a forever home. We were able to find homes for over 185 kittens!  
We would like to shoutout Discovery Bay Wild Bird Rescue for all their hard work. We appreciate having an amazing animal rehabilitator to help us care for the injured wildlife in western Washington. Check out all the amazing things Cindy does at http://www.discoverybaywildbirdrescue.com/ 
                             Thank you to our Volunteer Board Members! 

We appreciate them for all the ideas they bring to the table. Not to mention the countless hours they add to help us design and implement new programming, help raise funds, and provide oversight to our programming, For 2020 they are: 

Officers: 
  • Craig Holmes, President
  • Jan White, Vice President 
  • Richard Cassell, Secretary/Treasurer 
At Large Members: 
  • Estrada Colón 
  • Craig Moran 
  • Tina Miller 
  • Erika Morgan 
                                         This is the Year for Giving! 

Dear Supporter,
 
It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but we as we reflect on this year, we are grateful for so many things.  And one of those things is you!
 
As we round out 2020, we wanted to make you aware of a special tax exemption opportunity being provided due to  the impacts of the coronavirus.  Did you know that 100% of your charitable contributions may be deductible this year?  The C.A.R.E.S. act has provided special provisions for taxpayers for 2020.  Please see more in the document below and ask your tax advisor for additional information. 
 
With roots in wildlife rehabilitation, our center focuses on promoting environmental education and wildlife conservation. Without caring and generous people in our community we could not do the work we do and share important messages to protect and save our wildlife.  If you’d like to make a donation, please visit our
website page here.  
 
Thank you for considering a year end gift and from our Wildlife family to yours, we wish you a happy holiday season and a great 2021!
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