Cedar Waxwings are little gray birds with black face masks and yellow-tipped tails who LOVE berries! Most people don’t get to experience the pleasure of hand-feeding berries to baby Cedar Waxwings—but we do at PAWS! They just open their little berry-stained mouths, and we drop the juicy berries in, one by one!
PAWS Wildlife Center hand rears 500+ orphaned native songbirds every year with the help of over 60 bird nursery caretakers. Robins, waxwings, Nuthatches, hummingbirds, bushtits and more are all rehabilitated at PAWS.
Bird nursery caretakers are a special group of people—they love songbirds, their melodies, and just about every other thing there is to love about birds. Here at PAWS, avid birders enjoy being “up close and personal” while caring for the fragile lives of hundreds of baby songbirds.
Sheri, a bird nursery caretaker for over 12 years, tells it like it is. “I love the work. It makes me smile more than anything I do. Oh, those eager, hungry little Robin faces!”
If you’re a bird fan, please consider volunteering with us May through September of 2012. You can be a part of our team helping orphaned or injured songbirds by visiting our website.
PAWS Naturalist Kevin Mack grabs his camera as a tree-full of crows sounds an alarm. This noise sometimes means there’s a raptor on campus, but down the driveway he fi nds the birds focusing on something in the grass below. A tiny voice turns him around. An abandoned black kitten with golden eyes is crying out for help. The kitten shakes as Kevin takes him in his arms. As he walks the kitten to the shelter, the crows fall silent and take back to the February skies.
Today the kitten is in the loving arms of a new guardian, perhaps forever grateful for his black-winged friends for sounding the alarm.
A young Cedar Waxwing cries during feeding time in the PAWS Wildlife Center bird nursery.