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bri_chantWe thank attorney Chant Yedalian and Cirena Torres for their efforts in obtaining a class action recovery that resulted in a $52,529.25 contribution to the Wildlife Care Association. Thank you!

Photo: WCA Animal Care Manager Brianna Abeyta accepts check from Chant Yedalian, Attorney at Law

Please join us for the WCA Annual Board of Directors Meeting on Monday, Jan 25, 2016 at 6:30pm. The meeting will be held in the community meeting room at Raleys, 4650 Natomas Blvd, Sacramento.

Elections will be held and an overview of WCA in 2015.

Upcoming Events

  • Monthly Board Meeting on Feb 8th 2016, 6:30:pm at Natomas Raley’s

  • 2016 Wings and Wine on Mar 5th 2016, 5:30:pm at High Hand Nursery

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As we soon approach the spring and summer season the Hummingbirds are busy gathering nest materials and getting ready to start nesting.

Hummingbirds lay 2 eggs per clutch and incubate their eggs for 14-21 days. Two chicks will hatch and will stay in the tiny nest until they are fully ready to fledge. We often get the babies in from accidental tree trimming incidents, where the gardeners didn't see the tiny nest and cut their branch down nest and babies intact. They come in tight and snug in their tiny nest made from spider webs and leaves. The elasticity of the spider web material used to construct the nest plays a role in the amount of time the babies stay in the nest. As they grow the nest expands to accommodate their size.

Unlike other bird species, hummingbird fledglings are ready for the world and self sufficient as soon as they leave the nest. Where as many other bird species first have to jump then practice jumping, hopping, flapping and using their wings on the ground or jumping from branch to branch before being able to fully fly. These tiny and bold little birds we call Hummingbirds, are ready and flying like professionals as soon as they take that first leap.

Be on the look out come March and April, as that's when all the youngsters will be fledgling from their nest and taking flight into this big bad world seeking out flowers, gardens, sprinklers, bird baths and feeders.

What to do if you find a young and or adult Hummingbird:

1. Determine if it is it injured?
If so, get it to us right away.
-Cat or Dog contact: Get it to us right away.

-Hit it a window- As long as there is no immediate injury seen or threat of predators such as cats, dogs, children, traffic, let the bird rest on the ground or in an open box or container so that it can fly out when it feels better. Sometimes they just bonk themselves and need some time to recuperate. If an hour has gone by and your bird has not flown away, that's when you need to secure that box and get it to us right away. Do not attempt to throw the bird in the air or help it fly. A hummingbird will take flight with out any help if and when it is ready too.

-Fight with another Hummingbird: If no immediate injury, let rest in a safe and quiet place, monitor the bird for 30-60 minutes, if it doesn't fly away within an hour, get it to us right away.

-Other- If injured, get to us right away.

If NOT injured:

****See picture descriptions below to determine age and what steps to take next based on feathering.******************************

Stand back and monitor the situation. Often times the youngsters are still learning how to do their thing. If there are no immediate threats such as predators, cars, etc..., monitor it. For the youngsters, if on the ground, carefully and delicately pick them up and set them on a bush or raised branch. If you have a syringe or hummingbird feeder, fill it with sugar water (recipe below) and secure it on a branch next to the bird while it checks its surroundings out and decides when its time to fly off. Give the bird 24 hours. You can box the bird up and bring indoors overnight then place the bird back outside on a branch in the morning. If the bird still has not flown off by the end of the day, bring it to us right away. We close at 6pm.

If you have any questions or need help or guidance you can call our HOTLINE at 916-965-9453 and a volunteer will get back to you with the appropriate information and instructions on what to do.

Happy February everyone!!

Hummingbird Nectar Recipe:
1 Part sugar to 4 parts water.
Mix sugar and water, microwave or boil until dissolved, then cool before serving.

NEVER USE THE RED NECTAR SOLD IN STORES OR ADD FOOD COLORING. The red dye is harmful to the little beauties. Hummingbirds have it ingrained in their genes to know what to look for. They do not need any dyes or gimics to find your feeders. Home made sugar water is perfect, cheaper, and safer.
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We'd like to share with you this amazing transformation and healing process of this Pigeon that came in back in October 2015.

He suffered from nearly being scalped. His skull was completely exposed with no skin to suture. Ontop of the major head trauma he sustained, he was also emaciated, was heavily bruised all over, had a puncture wound, and was not able to keep his right eye open.

It was a very long rehabilitation, but this bird has made a full recovery and was a champ through out the entire time.

Now it will be just a matter of a week or two more before release back into the wild as soon as the feathers grow back in on top of head.

We couldn't be happier.

Hooray for wildlife rehabilitation!!!

WCA is completely funded by public donation. All the care that went into helping this bird is possible thanks to the generosity of the public. With out your monetary donations or items purchased off our "wish list" then donated back to WCA, this work would not be possible.

We have volunteer and intern opportunities available to any one interested. Email us at wcavolunteers@yahoo.com if your interested. Training classes will be scheduled soon.

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