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Progressive Animal
Welfare Society

PO Box 1037
Lynnwood, WA 98046

Kevin Mack
Wild Babies
by Kevin Mack, PAWS Wildlife Naturalist

As evidenced by recent arrivals at the PAWS Wildlife Center, the spring breeding season is now fully underway. Our bird and mammal nurseries, which sat empty for the winter months, are now bustling with activity. You are likely to spot some of these wild babies right in your own backyard. But just in case you don't get that privilege, I have put together a pictorial of some of the young faces that are currently in care at PAWS.

If you should come across any wild babies in your day to day travels, it is important to determine whether or not they truly need help before offering them assistance. This task can be made easier by reviewing the information found at: http://www.paws.org/wildlife/injured/. You may also call the PAWS Wildlife Center at 425-787-2500 ext. 817 to receive further instructions.

A Sampling of Wild Babies in Care at the PAWS Wildlife Center 5/6/03

Raccoons
These two sibling Raccoons (one male and one female)
from Tacoma will likely be ready for release in late
August or early September.



House Finch
This fledgling House Finch from Redmond will be ready
for release in a few short weeks.



Robin
Found in Bothell, this young American Robin will likely
be ready for release in two or three weeks.



Opossums
These three Virginia Opossums were found on a road
near their mother's body. They were dehydrated, but
otherwise uninjured. They will be ready for release in
July or August.



Steller's Jay
This fledgling Steller's Jay was found in Olympia. He
had a badly injured leg and is currently undergoing
treatment. If all goes well, he should be ready for release
sometime in June.



Cottontails
These two cottontails from South Park should be ready
for release in three weeks.



Mallard Pile
PAWS Wildlife Center has already received more than
65 orphaned Mallards this spring. The ducklings
pictured here will be ready for release by mid-July.



Gray Squirrel
This orphaned Eastern Gray Squirrel will be ready for
release in early June.



Wildlife Release tally: April 16 to April 29, 2003

1 Mallard
1 Canada Goose
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Eastern Gray Squirrel
1 American Coot
3 Rock Doves
1 Band-tailed Pigeon
1 Varied Thrush
2 Band-tailed Pigeons
1 House Finch
1 Orange-crowned Warbler


Wildlife Release tally: 2003
90 animals

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