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Volunteer Update- April 2020

Hi Volunteers!

We miss you all terribly and hope you are all well and enduring this pandemic. We wanted to keep you up to date on all things WIC and also hopefully give you all something interesting to read while social distancing!

What’s up at the WIC:

# of intakes in March: 164

# of intakes in April (so far): 246

# of intakes this year: 555

First baby songbird of 2020: Fledgling Lesser Goldfinch


# of staff missing our volunteers: ALL OF US!

Did you see Gold Country Wildlife Rescue on the news?  We were featured on a “Local Heroes” segment on ABC10.  Due to social distancing, the reporters and camera crew were not able to come into the facility so the entire footage was taken by our very own Board members Dana Fasolette and Chelsea Engberg!

If you missed the segment, check it out here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ip–dImyEjM

Guess What?

Most of you are familiar with Haven, our habituated Ambassador raccoon, but you may not know that we now have taken into our care another! Reba came to us from a Fish and Wildlife seizure early March and we think she is around Haven’s age.  The person who had her found her as a baby and decided to keep her as a pet.  She lived in his house with a dog before neighbors saw her looking out of the window.  The neighbors were rightly concerned and notified Fish and Wildlife.  After receiving all of her vaccines, a spay surgery, and being officially added to GCWR’s permit, Reba was cleared to meet Haven! It will take some time for them to get used to each other but we hope they will one day be best friends.

Hi I'm Haven!

You all probably know me already but I am sassy, affectionate, extremely playful, have a cute little light brown tail, and I love to take long naps in my hammock.  I am partial to eggs and I HATE my vegetables! 


Hi I'm Reba!

I am the newbie here but you would never know it!  I made myself right at home when the Fish and Wildlife Officers brought me to GCWR.  I love making chirpy noises, running around, and seeing how high I can climb (on anything, even people!). I love everything and everyone!

Animal Fun Fact: Lesser Goldfinch Nesting Habits

Females build their nests over the course of 4 to 8 days while the male hangs out nearby to watch. Goldfinch nests, like most nest, are weaved together out of a variety of plant matter like leaves, catkins, bark, and even spider webs! The nest is then lined with fiber, feathers and fur for the eggs that are about 3 inches wide and an inch deep. A clutch of 3 to 6 eggs are incubated for 12 to 13 days and are a pale blue-white color.

Want to read more about the Lesser Goldfinch? You can also hear their song->  Listen and Learn!

Words to know in Wildlife Work:

Precocial and Altricial Young

A precocial bird is “capable of moving around on its own soon after hatching.” The word comes from the same Latin root as “precocious.” Altricial means “incapable of moving around on its own soon after hatching.” It comes from a Latin root meaning “to nourish,” a reference to the need for extensive parental care required before fledging in altricial species.

For example, a House Finch hatchling is altricial and requires care and direct feeding by the parents. Ducks, geese, and quail are some of our local species whose hatchlings are precocial and are mobile after hatching to follow the parents around to find food.





First baby raccoon of the year:

This little one was found on the side of a road in Grass Valley, presumably orphaned. Look at those baby hands!

We miss you all and hope you and your families are safe and healthy!



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