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Backyard Birding

Many people enjoy and appreciate wildlife, and backyard birding has become a popular hobby. Having bird feeding stations is an easy way to attract a high concentration of birds and other wildlife to your yard. Please keep in mind that it is very important to keep feeders and bird baths clean to protect all wild visitors from the possible spread of disease. Salmonella, Avian Pox, and conjunctivitis are just a few diseases that can spread quickly at a feeding station. Native Songbird Care and Conservation in Sebastopol, CA recently reported a Salmonella outbreak in Sonoma
County; a disease greatly affecting Pine Siskins and Gold Finches, as well as other birds. Please use their guidelines below to keep your feeding stations clean and disease free.

Intelligent Bird-Feeding Guidelines
(Information from National Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology)
Please take the following preventative measures if you host bird feeders or bird baths in your backyard. These measures should be practiced as regularly scheduled maintenance to ensure healthy birds.

  • Bird feeders should be disinfected every two weeks regardless of disease outbreaks.
  • Birdbaths should be emptied and cleaned daily regardless of disease outbreaks.
  • For feeders: Immerse feeders in 1:32 bleach solution (1 part bleach, 32 parts water) Soak 10 minutes, scrub, rinse thoroughly and allow to dry fully before refilling (a dry feeder will deter mold growth on seeds). Do not use wood feeders.
  • For baths: You can make a 1:32 bleach solution in a jug to bring outside. Scrub with a hard brush and soak for 10 – 20 minutes. Cover the bath with a board while soaking to prevent birds bathing in bleach, rinse very thoroughly, allow to dry before refilling.
  • If you have sick birds visiting your feeder or have found birds in your yard that have died from a disease outbreak: Immediately REMOVE bird feeders and birdbaths. Disinfect feeders and baths as described above. Do not rehang feeders or birdbaths for at least one month after the last sick or dead bird is seen in your yard.

Additional tips:

  • Wear gloves to prevent skin contact with bleach.
  • Wear a mask to prevent the accidental ingestion of fecal matter while cleaning feeders.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after contact with a sick bird or bird feeder.
A Great Event for The Entire Family

Support Wildlife With The River Cats

The Sacramento River Cats are helping raise money for local non-profit organizations again this year. Wildlife Care Association’s game is Saturday, June 22nd against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, the Colorado Rockies AAA team. Game time is 7:05 pm. A percentage of the ticket sales will go directly to WCA. If you are unable to attend this game, your tickets can be exchanged for any 2013 regular season game after June 22—Sunday through Thursday games only. The last home game is August 29th.

  • Prices are $25 per ticket for Senate seats (Section 111 behind home plate) and $12 per ticket for Lawn Seats. Selection is based on the best seats available at time of payment.
  • Payment should be received no later than May 20th, 2013. Checks should be made payable to WCA and mailed to WCA, PO Box 680, North Highlands, CA 95660. You can also pay by credit card by filling out the information on our donation envelope, or by calling Gordon Stewart at the number below. Late ticket sales are sometimes possible.
  • Tickets will be mailed by June 1st.

For information, contact Gordon at gordon_stewart01@yahoo.com or 916-791-1534.

2013 Off and Running

2012 was another successful year for Wildlife Care Association. Once again, we took in thousands of orphaned, injured, and ill animals, rehabilitated them, and released them back into the wild. Busy season is not far off, and we anticipate and released them back into the wild. Busy season is not far off, and we anticipate this year to be as challenging as ever. Please consider making a tax deductible donation this year to be as challenging as ever. Please consider making a tax deductible donation to help care for the thousands of animals that will be brought to WCA this year.

New Way to Help WCA – Donate Your E-waste Items

Wildlife Care Association is partnering with eWASTE4good to raise additional money for our organization. This is a very simple program that helps you get rid of all of your e-waste items, working or not, while also helping WCA. This program is quite easy to use. All you have to do is go to www.ewaste4good.com, fill in your information, and enter Wildlife Care Association as the beneficiary. Within a few days, a dispatcher will call you to schedule a home or office pickup date. When the date arrives, leave your electronics outside in your driveway by 8/:00am. eWaste4good will pick up your electronics, recycle them, and send a check, determined on a per pound basis, to WCA. You can also call eWaste4good at (800) 317-3112.

Items they pick up include televisions, computer monitors, fax machines, desktop copiers, telephones, vacuum cleaners, video games, computers, calculators, cell phones, printers, household phones, scanners, laptops, stereo systems, medical equipment, power tools, small appliances, networking equipment, keyboards, mice, misc. wires and cords, speakers, and much more. All electronics are recycled locally in California. And eWaste4good will do free business and residential pickups throughout Northern California, so tell your neighbors, friends, family, coworkers, and anyone you know who may have some e-waste items to discard.

Calling all Volunteers

It’s that time of year again and Wildlife Care Association is starting our search for volunteers to help at our facility at McClellan Business Park. Busy season will be starting soon and we will have many orientation and training classes to teach volunteers how to help care for the more than 5,000 animals our organization intakes each year. We do not require experience and have numerous positions available to help orphaned, ill, and injured wildlife in the greater Sacramento area. If you are interested in learning more, please email Cassondra at wcavolunteers@yahoo.com or stop by our facility any day between 10:00am-6:00pm at 5211 Patrol Road, McClellan, CA.

Used Books Collection

Program Discontinued Wildlife Care Association has decided to discontinue our used book collection program at this time. Please do not drop-off any used books at our facility on Patrol Road going
forward. We would like to thank all who participated in this program; many books were donated and extra money was raised to help care for the many animals brought to our facility.

Thank Yous

WCA would like to thank the following Aviary Sponsors”
TJ McMorrow – Mockingbird Level
Charlotte Cardey & Juliana Wells – Hummingbird Level

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