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Wildlife Care Association (WCA) recently received a young adult House Finch that was caught by cat. House Finches are small, brown birds with large beaks. Adult male House Finches have a beautiful rosy red race and upper breast, while the females and young are less conspicuous. They eat almost exclusively plant materials, including seeds, buds, and fruits. They are a common sight in North and Central American urban neighborhoods, and will often live in deciduous and coniferous trees in altitudes up to 6000 feet. (Photo of the male by Kozarluha and the female by GraniteStateBirds.)

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This finch came in because it was cat caught, but recovered well after receiving the correct medication and a lot of time. It was released several weeks later, where it was found. Most small birds are not lucky enough to get away from cats and this one had serious injuries. Cats kill several billion birds a year in the US and several million birds a year in Canada (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21236690 and http://www.paws.org/happy-indoor-cat.html, respectively). Along with increased health of the cat, this is yet another reason to make your outdoor or indoor/outdoor cat into a happy indoor cat, indoor cat with an enclosed outdoor run, or indoor cat who is leash trained!

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Don’t think it’s possible to make an outdoor cat into a happy indoor cat? Here are some helpful hints:

If you find a bird that’s been cat caught, place it in a box in a quiet place, and immediately contact and/or bring it into a wildlife rehab group. You can contact WCA at 916-965-WILD, bring it in directly to WCA at 5211 Patrol Road, McClellan, CA 95652 (links to a google maps), or find other groups in California by visiting http://www.ccwr.org/resources/rehabilitation-facilities.html.

*** WCA needs *your* help! You can help WCA by sharing this post, liking WCA (https:/www.facebook.com/pages/Wildlife-Care-Association/437260003007349), and/or volunteering with and/or donating to (for medications, food, and rehabbing) WCA! Thank you for caring!***

Recently, Wildlife Care Association received the first Cedar Waxwing of the season! Cedar Waxwings are masked, gregarious birds that visit Sacramento and other “southern” areas in the winter from Canada and northern USA. They inhabit open woodlands and primarily eat fruit, but will also eat insects!

This beautiful bird came in because it hit a window, but recovered well after the correct medication and some time. It was released about a week later, where it was found. This is another reason to think about how to bird-proof your windows! [The left photos are the Cedar Waxwing in care at WCA while the right two photos, with permission (via Wikipedia) by John Harrison and Jason Quinn.]

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If you find a bird that has struck a window, place it in a box for 3 to 4 hours in a safe place. After that time, take it outside and open it. If it can readily fly out of the box, great, allow it to fly away. If it cannot fly away or if it has some difficulties, take it to or immediately contact a wildlife rehabber. In California, visit http://www.ccwr.org/resources/rehabilitation-facilities.html.

Here are someways to bird-proof or reduce strikes on your windows:
* window decals work, but apply them to the outside to the window, no more than 4-10” apart,
* let your windows stay dirty and/or keep your blinds closed,
* place a netting a few inches in front of your window (to prevent birds from flying into the windows),
* use tape or BirdTape to create patterns on the outside of windows,
* apply Tempera paint or wet soap to the outside of windows,
* keep unnecessary lights turned off especially during migratory season (it confuses them and tends to cause strikes), and/or
* do not place bird feeders or baths between 1.5 and 30 feet of windows (closer in or further is ok).
* keep cats inside, as cats are more likely to catch birds that are injured (such as those that have struck windows).

Here are some additional resources:
* http://www.birdwatchingdaily.com/featured-stories/15-products-that-prevent-windows-strikes/ (actually provides the resources to all of the above),
* http://www.flap.org/residential.php (great pictures and ideas to demonstrate),
* http://audubonportland.org/pressroom/press-clips/bfbdforum-oregonian/ (bird safe window designs).

*** WCA needs *your* help! You can help WCA by sharing this post, liking WCA (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wildlife-Care-Association/437260003007349), and/or volunteering with and/or donating to WCA! Thank you for caring!***

MONTHLY BOARD MEETINGS

When: 2nd Monday of every month
Where: Natomas Raley’s
Address: 4650 Natomas Blvd Sacramento, CA 95835
Phone: (916) 419-6633

All BOD meetings are open to the public and anyone interested in attending is encouraged to do so. Our December meetings are held at a different location. Please contact Theresa at theresaszoo1@yahoo.com if you are interested in attending the December BOD meeting.

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