Wildlife Week 2019

It’s Wildlife Week and The Wildlife Center of Venice has a special
bonus.  In 2018 we rescued 5,000 animals in South West Florida.  We get no direct government support.  We need YOU to help us.  If you donate a suggested $25.00 or more between 2/26 and
3/30 you’ll be entered in a drawing to win one of two special
Wildlife Walks with our Director Pam DeFouw.  A Picnic Lunch and a Wildlife walk.  What could be better?  Check out our drawing rules here.


(photo credits go to Kathy Abbott)

“There may be days when I can’t help an animal in need, but the day will never come that I won’t try.” 

That sentiment, written by Paul Oxton, environmentalist and animal activist in Africa, also exemplifies the feelings, attitude, and credo of Wildlife Center of Venice…a goal we strive to live up to every day.  In that spirit and in recognition of National Wildlife Week, we would like to highlight some of the wonderful creatures we are blessed with here in Florida and some of the challenges they and we face in protecting and preserving them.  We appreciate all of the help and support we receive in that quest.

Where are we now?

A report from the “Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission”, updated in December 2018 shows that the state of Florida has 144 species that are listed as “threatened” or “endangered” by either the state or federal government.  These include 15 Fish, 4 amphibians, 25 reptiles, 31 birds, 33 mammals and 36 invertebrates.  The full report can be found at https://myfwc.com/media/1945/threatened-endangered-species.pdf

Of those 144 species, the Wildlife Center of Venice works primarily with the bird and mammal categories (64 total) and has received and treated the following:

American Oystercatcher

Audubon’s Crested Caracara

Black Skimmer

Florida Burrowing Owl

Florida Scrub-Jay

Little Blue Heron

Florida Sandhill Crane

Roseate spoonbill

Tricolored heron

Wood Stork


These are in addition to the multiple bird (both native and migratory) and mammal species that are not officially listed as threatened or endangered and make up the bulk of our workload!

In our recognition of National Wildlife Week, we will profile (several) of the species on this list that the WCV has had as rescues/patients.

Freedom Friday: Another Eagle Release


Here is a video of our first eagle release of 2019. This bald eagle was brought in on Dec 1st with a badly fractured wing and the prognosis was not good.  Less than a 50/50 chance to ever be released back into the wild.  The caller and homeowner did a great job assisting one of our rescuers to capture this eagle who wanted no part of being brought in for a long stay at The Wildlife Center of Venice.  While our volunteers always look forward to releasing animals back into the wild, we were a bit nervous at this release due to the severity of the injury.  This guy had passed several flight tests “with flying colors” (sorry…) and showed us no reason that he was not ready to be released back into the wild.  Very cool to witness him  prove to us that that he was indeed ready to head back home.




At the Wildlife Center of Venice (501c3 Non-Profit), we are committed to the preservation, rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife in our local community.  We service all of Sarasota and West Charlotte counties in the State of Florida. We work hard each day to uphold these values, but we need each and every one of you to help us in this noble cause.