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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, February 3, 2011

Big Free-tail bat!

On January 3, 2011, the California Wildlife Center got a very interesting rescue call. A family living in a high rise apartment building in Santa Monica had noticed a large bat on the outside of their 14th story window screen. It had been there for a few days and they were worried something was wrong. They called CWC and a team responded and rescued it. It was a Big Free-tailed bat (nyctinomops macrotis). Our first at CWC!

Big free-tailed bats roost mainly in crevices and rocks in cliff situations, although there is some documentation of roosts in buildings, caves, and tree cavities. Their weight ranges from 25-30 grams (ours was 16g upon arrival) and they have a wingspan of 17-18 inches. They are a seasonal migrant and a powerful flyer. Their only known doucmented predator is the owl. They forage almost entirely on large moths, but some data exists to document occasional foraging on other insects, including grasshoppers, beetles, crickets, leafhoppers, stinkbugs and flying ants.

Our bat did very well and was released back into the wild in Orange County closer to his kind.