The end of 2016 has brought an outbreak of mange among our local foxes, particularly focused around the Park Point neighborhood in Duluth. Red foxes are particularly susceptible to mange, a parasitic infestation that causes hair loss, intense discomfort, and leads to many secondary issues that will cause death if left untreated. We need a 1,200 […]Continue reading
One afternoon in July it was business as usual for Wildwoods, until…Continue reading
Dawn was doing yard work and heard some crying off in the distance. She assumed the sound was an upset neighborhood child, but after a couple of hours she decided to investigate.Continue reading
A juvenile Bald Eagle was discovered dangling upside down from a power line. He was caught in a rural part of Madeline Island, part of the Apostle Island chain in Wisconsin. The area doesn’t receive much traffic so we couldn’t be sure how long he had been trapped before he was discovered.Continue reading
A constant presence At Wildwoods pigeons are constant companions, seeming to need rescuing all year long. As I write this we have several pigeons ranging in age from nestling to adult and most of them are with us as a result of human ignorance or cruelty. Over the past few months we’ve had pigeons with bullet holes […]Continue reading
Update: Thanks to super-star transport volunteer Elda these hawks have found a ride. Help! This Red-tailed Hawk (left) and Goshawk (right) need a ride from Wildwoods in Duluth to the Raptor Center at the U of M in St. Paul ASAP. Can you offer them a ride in a quiet, pet-free car? Call us at […]Continue reading
This hummingbird was brought to us by the McGovern family who found it in their yard, unable to fly. If you look closely you can see it’s little tongue flick in and out as it eats specially formulated nectar to help it get back on it’s feet, er, wings.Continue reading
When this juvenile Great Blue Heron came in he was skinny and too weak to stand. After fluids and a tube feeding of an easy-to-digest diet made for fish-eating birds, he looked much better. It will still be touch and go with him for a while. However, he is off to a good start!
Staff members have to be extremely careful with herons who have sharp beaks, and, as you can see, defend themselves adeptly with them! They use their dagger-like bills to stab fish when they’re hunting. For more information on Great Blue Herons, visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Eastern grays are ubiquitous in Minnesota. They are everywhere and are one of the few species that thrive in the midst of urban sprawl. For some people squirrels are seen as pests, running around inside the walls of their house and stealing bird seed out of feeders. For others they are seen as cute, bouncy, fun-to-watch […]Continue reading