This adult Common Poorwill was probably hit by a car during the spring, 2017. Although initially thought to be an owl by the finder, it was correctly identified by WR&R’s songbird team rehabber, Janice Barbary. After several days of medication, feeding, and hydration by Janice, it was released back to the wild, near where it came from by raptor rehabber, Mark Roberts. With their huge mouth, Common Poorwills catch insects on the fly at night and can often be seen flying above rural roadways at dusk. (photo by Ann Westling)

November 5, 2017 – Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release (WR&R) will be participating in #GivingTuesday this year as a way to generate funds to care for the wild animals and birds in distress. Anonymous donors have pledged to match every dollar up to $8,500 received by midnight on November 28th.

WR&R relies on monetary donations from community members to care for wildlife in need. WR&R assisted over 1,200 small mammals, raptors, songbirds and bats last year. These injured and orphaned wild animals require food, shelter, medicine and at times, veterinary care. In addition to seeking funds for the daily care, WR&R is in need of new enclosures and caging for small mammals, songbirds and raptors.

Your donation of:

  • $25 will provide mealworms for a nest of hungry orphaned baby Robins for a month
  • $50 will feed a Great Horned Owl or a teenage Opossum for a month; 
  • $100 will obtain x-rays for a Red-tailed Hawk with an injured wing; 
  • $250 will purchase the supplies needed to build a squirrel release cage; and 
  • $3,000 will purchase a flight cage so that young songbirds can improve their flying skills.  

GivingTuesday is celebrated globally on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. It is a great way to give support and thanks while celebrating the power of giving. This fundraiser will be based online and ends at midnight on November 28th, 2017.

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WR&R is a nonprofit, all volunteer organization that rehabilitates native small mammals, raptors, songbirds, and bats and then releases them back into the wild.