WELCOME to CWC's Youth Wildlife Rescue Blog

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CWC's Youth Wildlife Rescue Blog invites young people to have fun and get involved with the work of California Wildlife Center whose mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured, abandoned or sick native wildlife and marine mammals from the greater Los Angeles area. Come and get involved yourself or with your school and help our local wildlife. The Wildlife Center has taken in 19,000+ wild animals since its opening in 1998 and relies solely on public donations and grants. CWC is located in a quiet part of the Santa Monica mountains in Calabasas. Please visit our website at www.californiawildlifecenter.org for more information. We look forward to hearing from you on this blog!


We have a brand new website! Check it out! www.cawildlife.org It's awesome!!!

Check out some of our Fall rescues and patients!

Our Grey squirrels are finally rehabbed! See there release below!

Check out Charlie, the elephant seal pups rescue and release back into the wild!

Thank all of you who attended our 13th Annual Wild Brunch fundraiser in September at Gulls Way Estate in Malibu! It was a huge success because of you!

Check out our first, ever Big Free-tailed bat!

Our November 2010 Coyote rehab and release video is finally done. Check it out in our new posts section below. The video of our 5 rehabbed fawns is also up.

Thank you to everyone that turned out for our Wild Brunch on August 22nd. It was a smashing success! Check out Mike Hayward's photos of the event.

Thanks to everyone that came and took a Walk on the Wild Side, May 2nd...You can check out the photos at:Mike Hayward's Special Events Photography.

An awesome time was had by all at our Spring Open House.

News briefs: See a pelican get rescued! We're having a Pelican party in our ICU...first black-coat elephant seal ever rescued by CWC...First marine mammal rescue in SoCal for 2010...Yearling sea lion rescued at Pt. Dume! Update on our rescued fox from Culver City! We have another Youth Rescue blog hero! .DON'T TRIM THAT TREE - baby birds and squirrels are nesting now! Watch the CBS report here...HAVE FUN! HELP THE ANIMALS! EARN COMMUNITY SERVICE CREDITS! Organize a fund-raising event at your school! Contact our youth team with your good (even crazy!) ideas at rescuecwc@california wildlife center.org...

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Coyote Release 2010

These 5 coyotes came to us as pups from all over Los Angeles County. Here is their story from rescue to release.

Deer Release November 2010

These deer fawns came from Los Angeles County and San Diego County. Check out their rehab and eventual release!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

CWC's Fall Open House

Join us for an afternoon of…
Entertainment • Wildlife Education • Children’s Activities
CWC’s Fall Open House
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Noon – 4 p.m
26026 Piuma Road, Calabasas, CA 91302
Most activities will be outside, so please dress accordingly.
Refreshments Served • Free Admission • Children Welcome
RSVP: email Admin@californiawildlifecenter.org or (818) 222-2658

Meet the Staff: Ask the Marine Mammal Response Team about why seals and sea lions “strand” themselves on the beach and what you can do to help. Ask our Hospital Techs and Volunteers about how to recognize a fledgling bird… one that should be left alone and not kidnapped. Ask Dr. Tom about his most unusual wildlife cases.

Guided Tours: View an informative video followed by a tour of the Center led by one of our knowledgeable volunteers. Visit the intensive care hospital and the Baby Care Unit.

Children’s Activities: Animal face-painting and visor decorating; learn how to build an easy bird feeder.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Coastal Cleanup Day is September 25th from 9am - Noon

Grab your parents and head out to Zuma beach for a fun time in the sun and you can do something really great for the environment too! Every year, the California Coastal Commission sponsors coastal cleanups on beaches up and down the California coast. Last year, over 80,000 people helped out! You will be AMAZED at how much trash people leave on our beautiful beaches. It harms the environment, the ocean and the animals that live in and around it. Hope to see you at the beach!
For information about volunteering with us, contact jeff@californiawildlifecenter.org

Thursday, August 12, 2010

A Bear...Really!!!

On July 25, 2010,the California Wildlife Center received a very large and unexpected visitor. The State Department of Fish and Game brought a 250-pound brown bear that they had captured in someone’s backyard. It had an injury to its leg, which they wanted the center’s veterinarian, Dr. Duane Tom, to evaluate and treat. Dr. Tom was more than happy to help them out. The patient did very well and was later released back into the wild.

Photos courtesy of the California Wildlife Center by Gayle Uyehara

Skunks and Bats...Oh My!

CWC started taking in rabies vector species. These are animals that can carry the rabies virus without showing any of the typical symptoms. It is important to handle these animals with caution.Our staff and volunteers that work with them (skunks, bats, coyotes, foxes, etc.) have to get pre-rabies vaccines prior to any contact with them. No one likes getting shots, but we think it's totally worth it! See for yourself! They are quite charming and adorable!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Come Join Us For Our Wild Brunch

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Please come and join us for a beautiful day at an amazing estate in Malibu!

California Wildlife Center is hosting Fawntasia at Gull's Way Estate on Pacific Coast Highway from 12 noon to 4pm. There will be a special childrens buffet, face painting, activities and some really cool snakes to play with! Don't miss the fun. We will also be releasing a rehabbed hawk after dessert. It's definitely something that you don't want to miss!

We have helped over 22,000 animals in our history of wildlife rehabilitation. You can help us to continue to help thousands more, by purchasing tickets.

Check out all the info on our Wild Brunch website!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

It's Raining Pelicans!

The recent storms and treacherous surf have wreaked havoc on the seabird population. Just in the month of January, CWC has admitted 29 California Brown Pelicans and is expecting more in the coming days. Most of the birds are suffering from hypothermia (they get very cold). Their feathers normally form a natural barrier to the water and act as insulation from the cold, but instead are matted by oil, grease and other substances from the massive runoff, much of it coming from roads and freeways. We had already received many pelicans prior to the storms that were emaciated from not finding food. The El Nino condition is causing water surface temperatures to rise, sending fish out to deeper, colder water. The storms dealt them a second blow. Our staff and volunteers are working very hard to stabilize them which requires warming them up and hydrating them. Once stabilized, they are transported to IBRRC (International Bird Rescue Research Center) in San Pedro for rehabilitation. They have received 107 pelicans and counting. It takes 5 to 7 days per bird before they can be released back into the wild.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Baby Elephant Seal Pup rescued 1-26-2010

Our Marine Mammal team rescued our first EVER black-coat elephant seal pup today! This approximately three weeks old pup should still be on the beach with her mother on one of the Channel Islands. However, last weeks storms and incredibly rough surf likely washed her out to sea where she was carried by the currents (she doesn't swim well yet) to our shores. She crash landed on the rocks at Leo Carillo State Beach and has numerous cuts, bruises and bumps. The "black-coat" refers to the curly black coat that all elephant seals are born with and that is shed shortly after weaning to reveal their normal brownish-silver pelage. She was transported to the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro this morning. Her prognosis is guarded because she is so young, but we will all be keeping our fingers crossed for her!

Monday, January 4, 2010