Fishing line takes another life

On Tuesday a call was made into the SPCA Wildlife line to help an injured seagull on the beach off of Shore Drive. As one of the wildlife volunteers, I was able to immediately respond to the call. I did not know many details until almost on site, but knew it was a suspected wing injury. Right before arriving I was informed that the bird was in the water, but not too far from shore. The caller who was keeping an eye on the bird met me in the parking lot. She pointed me in the right direction and returned to the beach while I grabbed my rescue equipment.

Washing Oiled Wildlife

Everyone's first instinct when they see oiled wildlife is to wash them.  But the moment birds become oiled, they start preening their feathers and ingesting the oil.  Depending on the amount ingested, the internal effects caused by petroleum and its additives can be as damaging as the external effects.  The bird will probably have nausea and be dehydrated, but it could also have GI ulcerations and hemoraging.  The cleaning process is extremely stressful and exhausting for wildlife, so the "inside" has to be in good shape before we can work on the "outside".  Imagine having the stomach flu (

Baby Bird

A e-mail went out today for a transporter to pick up a hatchling robin from one rehabber and transfer to another. I am a transporter and try to help as much as my busy schedule will allow. I work full time and could not go immediately, so when I got off of work I called and sure enough the baby bird was still needing assistance. I went and picked up the bird-no feathers, mouth open, looking like a prehistoric dinosaur (that's what my kids say), completely helpless and quite adorable baby along with an egg that could possibly hatch.

An Exciting Future Ahead!

The time we have spent working on our proposal to City Council has been very well spent, as it allowed us to refine our vision of what we want to create; of what we require as well as what we will provide. Focusing so intensely on expanding our operations has led us to some unexpected options that we believe are very well-suited to our requirements, the wildlife we serve, and will provide the best investment for our donors.

Become A Bird Rehabilitator

We are actively recruiting for new songbird rehabilitators.  The 2012 baby season is upon us and orphans will begin arriving April through August.  Please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in volunteering.  This is an at-home volunteer position.  We will provide full training and guidance so that you can correctly and legally care of migratory birds.  You will need to be available to provide feedings throughout the day. 

Six Barns Owls Released

On Oct 11, 2011 six baby Barn Owls came into our care.  The parents tried to nest in a pole barn but the owners played a radio so the parents moved to a very large sycamore tree.  This tree was very unsafe and the owners did not know that the Barn Owls were nesting in the tree.  They hired someone to cut them down.  We recieved a call about 6 baby Barn Owls.  I was thinking there shouldn't be any baby owls this time of year.  But, sure enough there they were --- looking up at us when we went out to pick them up.

Lost and Found!

At the Virginia Beach SPCA, our wildlife emergency team
mainly uses Internet communication to respond to wildlife emergencies in our
area. The other day, our wildlife referral line volunteer posted that someone
had found a small parrot in their yard. They tried to capture it and it bit
them. So, a post for assistance went out.

Belted Kingfisher Released

A male Belted Kingfisher was released after it was old enough and it's health had improved.  His sibling died due too many red ant bites.  Everytime it was feeding time it would trill, but when put out in the flight cage he didn't want anything to do with humans.

He was released right back where he came from in Virgina Beach.  Kingfishers nest in the banks among the reeds and hunt by hovering or perching on a branch over- looking the water.  Their habitat is slowly being distroyed.  Help preserve their habitat.


Pelicans Released

I recieved one juvenile Pelican from NAS Oceana and one from Va Bch SPCA.  One was much larger than the other.  The larger always protect the smaller one.  I'd open the cage door and it would always place itself between myself and the smaller Pelican.

I released them both yesterday 9-13-2011 at Norfolk Botanical Gardens.  They both swam off together and as you can see they stayed close to each other.


Discarded Fishing Line and Hooks: Bad News for Wildlife

Many of you that have visited a stream, bay, ocean, or other
body of water have at some point probably seen a tangle of fishing line on the
shore or in the water, perhaps even with a hook still attached.