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Santa Cruz nonprofit hosts pelican documentary screening

SANTA CRUZ >> To bring awareness to the California brown pelicans and animal rescue, a Santa Cruz nonprofit is presenting “Pelican Dreams,” a documentary about the birds. Hosted by Native Animal Rescue, the film focuses on the seabird as a species and talks about their habitat, habits and environment challenges. (Click here to read the entire article in …

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Anna’s Hummingbirds year round

Anna’s Hummingbirds are among the most common hummingbirds on the Pacific Coast. Until the middle of the 20th century, Anna’s bred only in Baja California and southern California. However, the planting of exotic flowering trees on the west coast provided nectar and nesting sites, and allowed the hummingbird to greatly expand its breeding range. These …

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Hearing the Call of the Wildlife

Taking in wounded or sick wild animals – and rehabilitating them – is a labor of love for the dedicated volunteers in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. “Volunteers give it their heart and soul,” said Kathy St. John of Boulder Creek, a volunteer with Native Animal Rescue of Santa Cruz County. Handling jobs like feeding baby mammals, which must …

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I’d Walk 10 Miles for a Skunk

Since 1999, I’ve rehabilitated native wild mammals including hundreds of skunks. When I received a call about a rescued baby skunk in early August of this year, I thought this was just a typical call. Although California is home to both the Striped Skunk and the Spotted Skunk, I had only rehabbed the striped species. …

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From Necessity to Love: A Raccoon Story

In the late spring of 2009, a raccoon had her litter under a riser in our garage. This wasn’t the first time, and it’s always cool to hear the babes’ little noises and to know that life is renewing right under our noses. This time though, when the kits were about five weeks old, their …

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For the Love of Fawns

Every day a herd of bucks passes through my property in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Because it’s important for rehabbed fawns to be released where wild deer visit regularly, NAR asked me to take on fawn rehabilitation. Once I learned more about fawns, I looked forward to caring for these vulnerable little creatures. Building the …

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Pelicans Make a Comeback

SANTA CRUZ — The bird lady of 17th Avenue ducks under Tibetan prayer flags and into a makeshift lab that was partly built, she says, by a Caltrans worker sentenced to community service for illegally washing away seven swallow nests. Inside are dozens of birds being nursed back to health by 84-year-old Molly Richardson, with …

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