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The Heroes of Wildlife Care Fall Photo Challenge

As the non-profit provider of rescue, recovery and release of injured, orphaned and displaced birds and small animals, Wildlife Care Association (WCA) is challenging the Sacramento region to give us the bird!


This is the beautiful work of nature and Rita Braley, WCA 2015 Photo Challenge Winner! Visit our fabulous Facebook and Instagram galleries for ideas!

Take a photo of a bird, or birds in your backyard, local parks or other wild Sacramento regional location. Submit it on the Wildlife Care Association Facebook page as a message with photo attached!

The quarterly contest begins October 1, 2016 and concludes Dec 31, 2016 . Entries can be made in two categories –Under 12, and everyone Over 12 years old.

If you are Under 12 years old you can enter free! Individual adult entries in the Over 12 category should include a minimum $5.00 donation to WCA thru the Facebook donation button!

Each photo may be entered only once, but individuals may submit more than one each quarter. Submissions should include your email, the location photo was taken, and your best guess what type of bird this might be.

The WCA Quarterly Photo Contest winner will be awarded a special prize including a guided tour of the Rescue Dome at McClellan Park, their photo featured in the newsletter, posted at the rescue facility and on Facebook/Instagram.

Fine Print: One will be cho sen from submissions to determine a winner. WCA staff reserves the right to select a winner from content and other factors including artistic merit. All photos submitted become the property of WCA for its use in outreach, education and fundraising.

Media: Rick Reed 916-704-0080 /

Wildlife Care Association (WCA) recently received a Virginia Rail that was wobbly and unable to walk. Virginia Rails are a small, secretive waterbird that live in marshes. They eat inverts, fish, and other marsh dwellers by probing the water & mud with bill. They are at risk due to loss of habitat. (Photo by Mike Baird, via Wikipedia.) The Virginia Rail came in because it was wobbly and unable to run away, but recovered well after receiving some medication, the appropriate care, and some time. It was released about a week later, where it was found, thanks for the hard work and dedication of the staff and volunteers!

Virginia Rail in Care

Virginia Rail in Care

 Virginia Rail in the Wild

If you find a bird that appears to be having difficulty walking, place the animal 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

WCA needs your help!

You can help WCA by liking WCA (https:/, volunteering with WCA, and/or donating to WCA (for medications, food, and rehabbing)! Thank you for helping to give wildlife a second chance!***


WCA is officially rolling out classes

(we’re hoping to have class(es) every month, so please stay tuned for dates and details):
  • the Wildlife Rehab series: Intro to Wildlife Rehab (required to rehab at home), Rehabbing Mammals, and Rehabbing Birds.
  • a Triage series: Intro to Triage, Microscopes & Parasites, and Suturing; &
  • a Cross-over series: Corvids, Rabbits, Woodpeckers (taught by/with Nancy Seaman Barbachano, who home rehabs woodpeckers), and more.
The first schedule class is Intro to Wildlife Rehab will be taught by Debby DuVall on Nov 17th. The cost for the class is $10 (for materials), plus $25 for the wildlife rehabbers application (  The class will be fully updated and should be exiting and fun, although it does include information on permitting, policies, and  paperwork.
Baby RaccoonKildeer Fledgeling

Learning opportunities

And Ways to Help & Volunteer

  • Help is needed with Nuts & Berries. Take the out to chat, have fun, get a sneak preview of the gift baskets, and have a blast. Please contact Debbie Daniels, DVM (the Volunteer Coordinator) at if have some time on Sat or Sun, or a weekday evening.
  • WCA needs help with grants, maintenance, animal care, and more. Please contact Debbie Daniels, DVM (the Volunteer Coordinator) at if you have some time and/or would like to help.
  • Please take a moment to take this 5 minute fox survey for Master’s student Amy Brasch’s project. Thanks so much for your help. We are currently conducting Phase II of the Sacramento Valley red fox project in cooperation with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife… As in Phase I , please report road-killed red foxes (530-754-7932, ask for Kat) for genetic and physiological samples.  Additionally, please report sightings in the online portal (Report a Sighting)… Phase II of the reserach requires us to survey pre-select locations regardless of whether foxes are present or not.  This survey is a broad mesocarnivore survey including red foxes and other small to mid-sized carnivores. For pre-selected locations predominated by private land, we will seek to information from residents through a brief survey and request permission to set up carnivore sampling survey stations.
  • Yellow-billed Magpie Working Group and others are looking for the Yellow-billed Magpie ( and reporting dead birds to UCDavis (
Magpienuts & berries

WCA needs your help

You can help WCA by sharing this post, liking WCA (https:/, and/or volunteering with and/or donating to (for medications, food, and rehabbing) WCA. Thank you for caring!
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