The sanctuary's 400th guest of the season arrived in conjunction with the arrival of summer! Baby birds and fledglings have taken over the nursery, replacing the foxes, squirrels, opossums, and raccoons of this crazy spring. The feeding timer now goes off every 30 minutes and has begun to rule the day, dictating the timing of everything else. The biggest surprise of the season so far has been the arrival of 6 baby barn owlets - not a species we see a lot! And while the adults are simply gorgeous, the owlets give new meaning to the adage "a face only a mother could love" :) yet they grow fluffier and cuter each day. Our raccoon babies have grown as well and have left the nursery, moving into either transition hutches or larger enclosures in the woods. With over 30 raccoon babies (so far!) to house and care for, our late spring project was to place new concrete floors in the outdoor enclosures - almost 8000lbs of concrete was hauled, mixed, and placed in the enclosures! Moving the raccoons to the outdoor enclosures leaves room in the nursery for the skunks that have begun to arrive. Our spring squirrel and opossum guests continue to grow and have been mostly released back into the wild. Watching them go is the reward for the long days of cleaning poop, feeding, and caring for them!
With Covid-19 causing our volunteer support base to be suspended it has been a challenging season in so many new ways. But we have adapted well and continue to provide care to all the babies that come our way - for while the human world has changed greatly, the animal world continues as always and still needs our help. Please help us help them.
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