PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LOCATION OF OUR CLASS HAS BEEN MOVED DUE TO FLOODING!
The class will be held Saturday, August 17th 2019 at 10:00 AM
and last approximately 1 1/2 hours. The class will be conducted at the Shamrock
Park Nature Center, 3900 Shamrock Drive, Venice. You must be able to
drive when dispatched for wildlife rescue. There will be no wildlife attending
Please call the center at (941) 484-9657 or RSVP on Facebook
to sign up for this class. Join the team and learn how to save a life or two of
our Fantastic Florida Wildlife! Please feel free to share! Seating may be
limited; so please bring chairs if you can. Hope to see you there!!
A successful “baby bird” season is slowing down as the seasonal cycles proceed. This year, The Wildlife Center was challenged once again with orphaned birds of all species being rescued and brought to us.
Learning is a constant activity at the Center and as we learn more and more about the natural history of the many species that we see, we learn more and more about how to better care for them during rehabilitation and how to prepare them for their lives in “the wild” as adults.
Among the species that we received this season have been numerous Blue Jays, Common Grackles, and Northern Mockingbirds. Less common, but no less interesting were a number of Downy Woodpeckers, Red Bellied Woodpeckers, Flycatchers, Loggerhead Shrikes, Brown Thrasher and Crows. Each of these species has a different requirement for housing and – especially – diet. The diets vary from seed to insects to “meat” (worms, crickets, and even – in the case of the shrike, very small mammals). Some of them even like fruit. Getting the diets right allows these little ones to grow and develop normally and to “teach” their foraging habits.