Ask Monique – Fox in the Neighborhood

Dear Monique — My stepdaughter, Heidi, lives in a rural area, and a fox has taken up residence in her backyard. Every day it poops around the yard and sleeps on the picnic table. Heidi has two adult cats that the fox doesn't bother, but she'd like to know if there's...

It’s Fawning Season. Think Before You Act!

Although this message was sent by UCSC services to the UCSC Community, it applies to all of us in Santa Cruz County.  Please be aware that spring is the prime birthing season for a wide variety of campus wildlife, including deer. Finding a fawn (baby deer) alone...

Rat Poison is Killing Birds of Prey, and People are Finally Paying Attention

November 14, 2018 By William Freedberg, Mass Audubon Most rat poisons kill more than rats—they also pose a fatal threat to birds of prey. This topic recently made the news after a Bald Eagle on Cape Cod died of what appears to be rodenticide poisoning. The tragic...

Coyotes are all over SF to stay, even if they sometimes kill pets

July 19, 2017 By Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle The fatal coyote attack on a small dog at the front door of a San Francisco home has prompted a raging debate on social media and in public forums about allowing wild predators to remain in the city.  The...

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...
Starved sea birds overwhelming Native Animal Rescue

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...

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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...

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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...

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Was this fawn kidnapped?

Was this fawn kidnapped?

ALERT: Every spring and summer, concerned people find and rescue fawns that seem to have been abandoned by their mothers. In reality, healthy baby fawns are frequently left alone for up to twelve hours while their mothers forage for food. In past years, a high...

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Native Animal Rescue sees an influx of creatures needing care

SANTA CRUZ >> Step into Native Animal Rescue’s Live Oak office these days and you’ll find yourself surrounded by young animals. Baby birds peeking their heads out of a small basket, chirping for food. A young skunk smaller than a puppy. Young deer with thin legs...

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Offering Sanctuary To An Injured Adult Deer

Offering Sanctuary To An Injured Adult Deer

I glanced out my kitchen window and saw a Black-tailed deer making its way down the hillside behind my home. This wasn’t unusual—a well-used deer trail looped through the neighborhood and I saw deer nearly every day —but there was something about this deer that made...

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How cats and birds can peacefully coexist

How cats and birds can peacefully coexist

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. Often I...

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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

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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