San Francisco: Still Wild at Heart – a film by Melissa Peabody

Proceeds will benefit Native Animal Rescue, the Santa Cruz County non-profit dedicated to the protection, rescue, rehabilitation, and release of injured, sick, and orphaned native wildlife.San Francisco: Still Wild at Heart, a film by Melissa Peabody, and featuring...

Native Animal Rescue’s Really Big Year

Most of Santa Cruz knows about Native Animal Rescue for its work rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing injured, sick and orphaned wild animals back to the wild. But did you know that Native Animal Rescue also works to: —increase the understanding of and respect for...

The Importance of Wildlife Rescue Partners

Wildlife rescue organizations work together in order to provide the best available care to injured, sick and orphaned wildlife. One of Native Animal Rescue's vital partners is International Bird Rescue. International Bird Rescue cares for sick, injured, abused, and...

The Case for Indoor Cats

By The Wildlife Center of Virginia   Help wildlife, cats, and the environment by keeping cats indoors!         While most of us love our kitties, free-roaming outdoor cats are a major threat to wildlife. These non-native predators kill...

Get to Know Your Neighbors

A working knowledge of natural history could reduce a lot of the unintentional harm we do to wildlife. By Tai Moses Here’s a troubling fact: many of the fawns brought to wildlife rescue centers in spring have accidentally been “kidnapped” by people who mistakenly...

Santa Cruz County Catio Tour 2016

Update: First Catio Tour...Success! On April 9, 2016, Native Animal Rescue and the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter co-hosted a free self-guided tour of 11 Santa Cruz County catios located from Boulder Creek all the way to Watsonville. A catio is an outdoor enclosure...

An Ounce of Prevention…Check Trees Before Trimming

By California Council for Wildlife Rehabilitators Every year wildlife rehabilitators across the nation receive orphaned and/or injured baby tree squirrels because they have lost their nest trees due to tree trimming and removal. Tree squirrels typically...

Fake Halloween Cobwebs Pose Real Threat to Birds

Halloween and Christmas decorations can harm birds and wildlife. That's not fun. by Tai Moses Oct. 25, 2015—One recent Halloween, a Marin family opened their door to a particularly raucous trick-or-treater only to find a live Western screech owl hanging upside-down...

High number of coyote reporting continues in Santa Cruz County

By Samantha Clark, Santa Cruz Sentinel SANTA CRUZ >> Coyotes have been emerging from the shadows in Santa Cruz County likely because of drought conditions, worrying residents and hikers who have been reporting a rise in sightings for months. As the clever...

Starved sea birds overwhelming Native Animal Rescue

By Samantha Clark, Santa Cruz Sentinel LIVE OAK >> A troubling number of starved and weak seabirds are washing ashore on beaches from the Monterey Bay to Alaska at a similar rate not seen since past severe El Niño years. Scientists think that ever-warmer...

Squirrels in the Attic? Pointers on Humane Wildlife Removal

This wonderful article describes one family's discovery about when and how to "evict" wildlife that has taken up residence in their house. Best advice, in a nutshell, "let the squirrels hunker down until they are ready to leave the attic on their own, and then provide...

Local family reunites baby squirrel with its mother

This is the story of how local residents Kimberly, Doug, and their daughter, Faith reunited a baby squirrel with its mother after the baby had fallen out of its nest located in a nearby tree. After checking to ensure the squirrel wasn’t injured, the family placed the...

Living Peacefully with Raccoons

Native Animal Rescue (NAR) receives many calls from the public with questions, concerns and situations regarding raccoons. Many of the calls are about injured raccoons and many are about healthy raccoons that have taken up residence under houses and decks or 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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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