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How cats and birds can peacefully coexist

How cats and birds can peacefully coexist

By Tai Moses Twenty years ago I had an orange-striped tabby named Mr. Mooney. I doted on Mr. Mooney. He was a beautiful cat: smart, affectionate—and lethal to the neighborhood birds. Every day when I came home from work, I’d brace myself before opening the front door....

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Santa Cruz nonprofit hosts pelican documentary screening

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...

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Living Peacefully with Raccoons

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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Live Oak family a friend of ‘Duncan’ the pelican

Live Oak family a friend of ‘Duncan’ the pelican

CAPITOLA — After coming to the aid of a brown pelican that was entangled in fishing line off Capitola earlier this week, a local family was amazed at what happened next. The bird seemingly sought additional help from them. The drama unfolded Tuesday in a kelp bed...

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Molly Richardson, rescuer of wildlife, dies at 85

Molly Richardson, rescuer of wildlife, dies at 85

LIVE OAK -- Molly Richardson, patron saint of the county's sick, injured and abandoned wildlife, died Saturday after a brief illness. She was 85. A native of India who came to America by way of New Zealand, Richardson settled in Pacific Grove, where she was a school...

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Anna’s Hummingbirds year round

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

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

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

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

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

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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The Elusive Mountain Lion

Mountain lions (Felis concolor) are the largest native North American cat except for the slightly larger Jaguar. The mountain lion is called by more names than any other mammal - cougar, puma panther, catamount or simply - lion. Adult mountain lions are more than...

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Living in Harmony with Bats

Bats are mammals, just like humans, which mean that all bats are warm-blooded, have fur, bear live young, and feed their babies milk. There are over 1,100 different species of bats in the world making up almost a quarter of all mammal species. They live on every...

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Living with California Coyotes

Living with California Coyotes

The coyote is a member of the dog family and is native to California. They are one of the three different types of wild canids (dogs) found in North America. The coyote resembles a small German shepherd dog with the exception of the long snout and bushy, black-tipped...

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Understanding Opossums

The Opossum is North America's only marsupial (female has a pouch) mammal. The female carries and nurses her young until they are about 2 to 3 months old, then they are carried on her back another 1 to 2 months.  They use their prehensile tail as a fifth hand to move...

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Got Skunks?

You have a mother skunk and her babies living under your house or deck. What should you do to get them to move out? Skunks are normally very predictable and easily manipulated. Hereʼs how to convince them to leave: Place a light source such as a lamp, drop light or...

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Tree Squirrels

In the Spring and Summer, squirrels have already built their nests and are having their young. It is also a time when many of us trim trees and branches. If at all possible, please postpone trimming trees and branches with nests in them. Wait until the babies are old...

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The Amazing Swallow

Whenever we are feeling sorry for ourselves, because it is cold and raining, think of the hardships suffered by swallows. They are intolerant of extremes in weather-they aren't just miserable-they die! In order to survive, they must travel thousands of miles to find...

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Tips for Helping our Backyard Wildlife Babies

Spring is here and this is the time wild birds and mammals have their babies. The following are some tips to help you help our local wildlife. To protect nesting birds in trees, do not trim or cut trees during the months of April through August. The domestic cat is...

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Understanding Deer

The California Mule deer and Black-Tailed Deer are closely related deer whose range covers much of the state of California. With rapid development of rural areas, deer are losing their natural habitats and are forced farther into suburbia. They now live close to our...

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