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By Jen Mannas, PAWS Wildlife Naturalist

On July 28th a Great Blue Heron was rescued after spending several days stranded in a backyard. The homeowners suspected something was wrong but did not have the means to catch the bird on their own.

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Luckily two PAWS staff members were in a park nearby releasing some swallows. PAWS does not typically conduct wildlife rescues because we simply do not have the man power, but every once in a while we make an exception if we are in the area.

Upon our arrival, the heron was standing on one leg on top of an old tree stump. It was apparent that his other leg was broken but the extent of the break was not obvious. We only had one chance to catch him; if we miss and he takes flight he would most certainly get away and we would have no way of finding him again.

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With a little luck and some skill we were able to net the bird in one try.  Once in hand we could see the extent of his injury.  It was an open fracture in his right tibiotarsus. Humans don't have a tibiotarsus, in fact bird legs and feet are very different from ours. We have a few of the same bones but bird bones are fused differently and are more elongated. The tibiotarus is found below the femur and consists of the tibia fused with the upper bones of the foot. 

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The tibiotarsus fracture seemed so bad at first glance that we thought it would not be treatable and the heron would never regain use of that leg.  Herons, of course, need full function of both of their legs to survive in the wild since they spend so much time standing in water stalking their prey.  If regaining full function was not possible this bird would have to be humanely euthanized.

Back at PAWS the heron was examined right away by a rehabilitator. Luckily the tissue and most of the bone at the fracture site was still healthy; he was given pain medication and scheduled to see the veterinarians the next day. 

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After an exam, radiographs and some discussion amongst our vet team they decided to go ahead and try to surgically mend the fracture. This would involve a long, sterile surgery. 

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During round one of surgery a section of necrotic bone was removed from the leg to promote healing and the fracture site was sutured closed to protect the healthy bone and tissue. This round of surgery had to be aborted early due to the patient not responding well to anesthesia. The heron was put on antibiotics and his fractured leg was secured with a splint.

The second round of surgery was attempted two days later and after an hour it was a success. An external skeletal fixator, with five pins, was placed in the leg at the fracture site to hold the bone in place while it healed. 

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The heron was housed in our hospital ward for four days post-surgery to limit his movement, allow the fracture site to stabilize, and so we could keep a close eye on him. 

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Post surgery he was very weak and stopped eating.  Our rehabilitation staff had to work very hard to help him regain his strength.  He was given fluids, medication and tube fed several times a day.  He started knuckling his right foot when he stood and a specialized shoe was made to help with foot placement. Miraculously 10 days after surgery he started eating on his own again and regaining strength.       

He wore the fixator for a total of 19 days and as he healed he was gradually given more space.  

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Once the fixator was removed he needed a little more time to regain strength and be monitored.  We needed to assess his ability to stand, perch and land after a flight.

Thanks to all the efforts of our veterinarians, rehab team and volunteers he was released back to the wild, in a wetland close to where he was found, on August 29. 

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By Jen Mannas, Wildlife Natuarlist

If you're looking for a way to have fun with your pup and help PAWS, register to walk or run at PAWSwalk on Saturday, August 26 at Marymoor Park in Redmond.

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Proceeds from PAWSwalk, one of our biggest fundraisers of the year, help us rescue thousands of cats and dogs. But did you know it also helps care for thousands of wild animals too? 

Each year PAWS Wildlife Center receives over 4,000 wild animals belonging to as many as 260 different species. Our mission is to rehabilitate sick, orphaned and injured wild animals so that they can be released and become a functioning member of their wild populations once again. 

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Currently we are treating more than 180 patients including three young Bobcats, 12 Western Pond Turtles, four Harbor Seals, three Black-tailed Deer, a Great Blue Heron, two Bald Eagles, and 41 Raccoons just to name a few. 

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All of our patients arrive with different needs; from the food they eat, to the medical attention they need, to the amount of time they require in our care. PAWSwalk supports these needs by providing the funds to keep our facilities in top shape as well as purchase necessary food and medication.

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This summer we have rehabilitated and released hundreds of animals back to the wild and with your help we can continue our lifesaving work. Be sure to stop by the "Wildlife Theater" at PAWSwalk to get a behind the scenes look at the work we do at the Wildlife Center.  

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Back to PAWSwalk. PAWSwalk is a really good time. Not only will there be a 5K fun run and walk, you can also try out your pup’s skills on the agility course, kick your feet up and relax in the beer and mimosa garden, take a break to pet some cute puppies, and sample delicious food from the food trucks.

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Be sure to visit our wildlife experts at the Wildlife/Education Booth, located near the Beer and Mimosa Garden. Experts will be answering questions about the Wildlife Center and Education Department. You can study bio facts, create a window cling to help birds, learn about wildlife-friendly gardens, check out volunteering opportunities, and even pick up a free box of Girl Scout cookies courtesy of our friends at Girl Scouts of Western Washington. Not only are Girl Scouts of Western Washington an official sponsor of PAWSwalk, but our education team has been working closely with them to develop an affiliate program where scouts can earn animal badges at PAWS.   

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PAWSwalk might be just around the corner but there is still time to get involved. You can register here to be a walker and set up your very own fundraising page. Live far away? Register to be a virtual walker. Registration, which includes an official PAWSwalk t-shirt and bandanna, is $25 per adult; $15 for children 12 and under. Day-of-walk registration for adults increases to $35. 

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By Jen Mannas, Wildlife Naturalist

Working at a wildlife rehabilitation center is much like working in an emergency room.  It is fast paced, you never know what will come through the front door, and many patients need life-saving procedures and medication.  

Summer is our busiest time of year. We can receive in upwards of 50 patients in one day and the species can range from a baby hummingbird to a black bear. During this time of year, our rehabilitation staff doubles in size and we welcome 15 wildlife care and baby bird interns, veterinarian externs, veterinarian tech interns and hundreds of volunteers. The baby bird nursery is now open and we can have hundreds of patients in our care at one time at different stages of needed treatment. Many of our patients are awaiting surgery, others are babies being raised, some are still healing and require medication and others are being conditioned for release. 

 

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Although we are not open to the public until 8:00 a.m., our day starts hours before. The rehabilitation staff is the first to arrive followed by our interns, volunteers and additional staff members. The morning is spent getting caught up on the new patients who arrived the previous day as well as weighing, medicating and feeding the patients in the hospital ward. Feedings in our baby bird and mammal nurseries begin at 8:00 a.m. and continue until 8:00 p.m. with 20 to 100 youngsters being fed at different intervals throughout the day. 

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Volunteer feeding baby birds.

 

The rehab staff meets with the veterinarian team each morning to discuss the patients in vet care and to exchange any updates. The vet team then sets the priority of each patient on their list by deciding who will be seen and in what order with special attention to the types of needed procedures, such as surgeries and rechecks. The team is on the move all day long seeing and treating patients to ensure they meet all of their needs.

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Dr. Bethany Groves treating a Western Pond Turtle who has Ulcerative Shell Disease.

 

By mid-morning the center starts to get even busier with more staff and interns showing up that need to be updated on what has happened already that day. At this point, volunteers are busy cleaning cages, preparing diets, keeping up with the nurseries’ feeding schedule, making repairs and doing laundry.  

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By early afternoon, a entirely new group of volunteers show up, the morning volunteers go home and the afternoon chores begin.  This means more feeding, cleaning, refreshing diets, medications and doing laundry.

Meanwhile, the seasonal rehabilitators are busy cleaning up after, enriching and feeding the bears and bobcats in our outdoor run enclosures. This can take hours and consumes most of their day.  The rehabilitators are giving exams to new patients and performing patient cage checks while volunteers and staff are taking patients out for release. In addition, our front-line staff are talking to visitors, checking in animals and answering the phone.  

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Rehabilitators giving a Bald Eagle its initial exam.

 

Some days we have volunteer work groups, led by our facilities manager, helping us with outdoor chores. Educational programs stop by to learn about what we do in the wildlife center and about the species we treat. New volunteer recruits are trained several times a week.

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At 5:00 p.m. there is another shift change and new volunteers arrive while early morning staff go home. The evening shift consists of more laundry, finishing daily tasks, taking out trash, cleaning the kitchen, refreshing diets, administering any medications and prepping for the next day.

At any point and time at the center, there can be between 10 and 25 people caring for patients, most of which are volunteers.  Without our dedicated volunteers, we would not be able to keep up the high quality of care that we provide to all our patients.  They are the backbone of our organization and we can’t express how much we appreciate them.

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Volunteers and staff releasing Black Tailed Deer.

Our day ends sometime after 10:00 pm when the chores are complete, animals are medicated and fed and the center is tidy.

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By Jen Mannas, PAWS Wildlife Naturalist

 

Living in the Seattle area we see crows almost daily. They stroll nonchalantly out of the road just in time to avoid our cars, dive bomb us if we walk our dogs a little too close to their nest, and put on a nightly show of force by the thousands if you happen to drive home on I-405 near Bothell. 

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Crows have successfully established themselves here and are comfortable with the city lifestyle. Naturally they are adaptors; they are a species that can take advantage of areas where two habitats meet. In our case, it is our wonderful green spaces and the cityscape. They still rely on natural food sources and shelter but have learned how to utilize human subsidies.

Crows are easily adaptable partly because they are omnivores. They eat whatever is available including insects, amphibians, earthworms, nestling birds, eggs, and saltwater invertebrates such as clams and mussels. They also scavenge dead animals and garbage as well as eat wild cultivated fruits and vegetables. 

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Crows are also extremely intelligent; they can solve problems and puzzles and once they learn, they never forget. They also never forget a face and can distinguish between what they perceive to be good and bad humans.    

Crows have a complex family system and are very social. Each season, at least one offspring will stay with the parents through the next nesting season to help care for the new nestlings by bringing food and guarding the nest. At night in the late summer, fall and winter, crows gather from many miles to form communal night roosts. 

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Currently it is baby crow season in the Seattle area. Since May 15, we've received more than 100 juvenile crows at PAWS Wildlife Center. Some were severely injured and did not survive. Some were reunited with their families. Many others are being raised in our baby bird nursery and some of these have since been released. 

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Many of the baby crows we receive are taken by people who think they are injured. Because crows fledge from the ground instead of the nest, they spend several days on the ground before they can fully fly. 

Fledgling crows are frequently very similar in size to adults but they have blue eyes (below)

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If you see a fledgling on the ground who does not appear to be injured and the parents nearby, it is best to leave it alone. This is a time when they are learning essential survival skills from their parents. If the baby crow appears to be injured, please call PAWS Wildlife Center or another local wildlife rehabilitation center for assistance. 

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By Jen Mannas, Wildlife Naturalist

It’s Endangered Species day!  This is the time to acknowledge the importance of conservation, to recognize what we as a nation are doing to facilitate conservation, and to protect endangered species and their habitat.  

So, what does it all mean?  What classifies an animal or plant as being endangered?  How did this all start?

It is estimated that in the United States more than 500 species of native plants and animals have gone extinct since European settlers first colonized the area.  And species are still under threat to becoming extinct in modern times with habitat loss, climate change and human population growth.  The rapid loss of species did not go unnoticed and concerns about the whooping crane decline prompted Congress to pass the Endangered Species Preservation Act in 1966 which was replaced by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1973.

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The purpose of the ESA is to protect and recover imperiled species and to preserve their habitat.  The ESA is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who are responsible for land and fresh water organisms, and the National Marine Fisheries Service, who are responsible for marine life.

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There are many categories under the ESA but the two main ones are endangered and threatened.  Endangered means a species is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant part of its range.  Threatened means a species is likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future. 

In the U.S., more than 1300 plant and animal species are currently listed under the ESA; some are right here in Washington.  We have more than 50 species of plants and animals that are listed, a species of concern or are a candidate to be listed.  This includes Gray Wolves, Northern Leopard Frogs, Nelson’s Checker-mallow, Grizzly Bears, Northern Spotted Owls, Oregon Silverspot Butterflies, Pygmy Rabbits, Bull Trout and Western Snowy Plovers; just to name a few.

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PAWS Wildlife Center treats patients each year that are listed under the ESA or a species of concern.  One of our biggest contributions to the conservation of listed species is our involvement in the Western Pond Turtle Recovery Project.  This is a collaboration between the Woodland Park Zoo, Oregon Zoo, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Each year we treat those turtles that are suffering from ulcerative shell disease. 

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Thanks to the protection from the ESA, plant and wildlife species are on their way to recovery and several have been successfully delisted with the most famous of course being the Bald Eagle.  And that is a reason to celebrate!

If you are in the Seattle area and looking for a place to join the celebration, Magnuson Park is hosting an Endangered Species Day garden celebration in their children’s garden on May 20 from 10am until noon.  King County Master Gardeners, Children's Garden Committee members, and volunteers from Seattle Works and other groups will be doing simple garden stewardship activities such as weeding, mulching, and watering, as well as planting native Milkweed plants in our Butterfly Garden! 

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By Jen Mannas, Wildlife Naturalist

April 17 is National Bat Appreciation Day so here at PAWS we are celebrating all things bats

Bats are in the Chiroptera family which includes about 1,240 species around the world; 40 of which are found in North America.  The Pacific Northwest is home to 14 species, of which the Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus) is the most common (below). Bat species feed on a variety of things from nectar to insects to mammalian blood. All the species living in Washington are insectivores meaning they feed only on insects.

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Because bats are active at night, insectivorous bats eat predominately mosquitoes, nocturnal beetles and moths. They are considered extremely important for pest control. A single bat for example can consume up to 2,000 mosquitoes in one night.

Some species of bats are pollinators much like bees and hummingbirds. In fact, they are very important pollinators in tropical and desert climates for plants whose flowers open at night. Bats feed on the insects living in the flowers as well as the nectar, and over 300 species of fruit depend on bats as pollinators including mangoes, bananas and guava. 

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PAWS Wildlife Center is no stranger to bats. On average, we receive about 50 bats a year; some of them are babies who fell from their nursery colony, some are brought in for rabies testing if there is a chance of human contact, and others are sick or injured and need care.

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Bats roost in rock crevices, tree hollows, mines, caves and a variety of anthropogenic, or human, structures. In our area, they do not roost in large colonies like they do in the eastern North America where there can be thousands of bats in a single cave. 

Bats in eastern North America are seeing large population declines because of White Nose Syndrome (WNS) which is a devastating disease caused by a fungus that grows on the wings and muzzles of hibernating bats causing them to come out of hibernation early.  The disease was first seen in New York in 2006 and has since spread to 30 states and 5 Canadian providences killing an estimated 6 million bats.

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In 2016 Washington joined the list of states affected with WNS when a Little Brown Bat (below) was brought to PAWS Wildlife Center and died in care. It was confirmed that he did indeed have WNS. Since then the state and federal agencies along with wildlife rehabilitation centers in the area are being very vigilent, monitoring bats that come in for care as well as bats in the wild to document any more cases.  Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking anyone who comes across a sick or dead bat or find a group of bats to report it to them. Information about that can be found here.        

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If you want to attract these critters to your yard, there is a simple way to do so; by building them a bat box. Since bats are nocturnal they need a safe place to roost during the day. With deforestation and the spread of urban areas, they are losing their habitat so it is more important then ever to provide safe roosting structures. You can purchase a premade bat box from several places online or you can build your own. Here at PAWS Wildlife Center we will be building and installing our very own bat box in the new PAWS wildlife garden space. The best time to hang them is in mid April when bats are starting to come out of hibernation and looking for new roosting areas and places to raise their young.

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For bat house building resources and ideas be sure to check these sites out:

Organization for Bat Conservation

National Wildlife Federation

Bats Northwest

 

Watch this report from PBS Newshour about white nose syndrome and it's discovery in Washington:

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By Jen Mannas, Wildlife Naturalist

Last month we talked about the importance of native plant gardens, how they benefit wildlife and some gardening tips.  Now, we are taking some of our own advice and creating a native species garden learning experience here at PAWS Wildlife Center.

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Our property is home to many wildlife species.  Some of which are here throughout the year such as Spotted Towhees, House Finches and Pacific Wrens (Above left, center, right respectively) and others arrive in the spring to raise their families like Dark-eyed Juncos, American Robins, and Black-capped Chickadees (Below left, center, right respectively).  Many bird species have already returned this spring and are staking claims on territories and searching for mates.  This may be very similar to what happens in your backyard habitat every year and a few enhancements can provide natural food sources and shelter for safety.

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At PAWS Wildlife Center we are sprucing up our entrance to not only include a demo native species garden but also artificial homes for birds, bats and bees and examples of humane ways to keep wildlife out of your vegetable garden and what natural animal deterrents really work.  We are currently in the beginning stages and have drawn up our official layout, have constructed a raised garden box and have installed our very own catio (below)

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We can’t stress it enough that anyone can include features in their yard to support native wildlife and promote living with our wild neighbors humanely, even in small spaces.  We hope this will inspire others to enhance their backyard habitat for their wild neighbors as well.

If you are still looking for references to help you get ideas for your backyard habitat here some we recommend:

Local gardening organization:

Tilth Alliance – great resources on many gardening topics and classes, kids section

Some great books:

Real Gardens Grow Natives by Eileen Stark – how to plan your garden and native plants to use

Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast compiled and edited by Jim Pojar and Andy MacKinnon – to identify already growing plants, including invasives/non-natives, in your yard

A fantastic online resource:

Real Gardens Grow Natives – Gardening tips and resources

Do you have a group who would like to help with the PAWS Wildlife Center Native Species Garden or other projects around PAWS?  If so, check out information about work party opportunities.

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By Jen Mannas, Wildlife Naturalist

Biologist and theorist E.O. Wilson once said “Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it...Eliminate one species, and another increases to take its place. Eliminate a great many species and the local ecosystem starts to decay.”

In the coming week, PAWS is celebrating the National Wildlife Federation’s National Wildlife Week. This educational program is used to get the word out about all the wild animals, big and small, who live together.

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Biodiversity is defined as the variety of life in the world or in a habitat or ecosystem. It is important because it boosts ecosystem productivity where each species plays an important role. Greater species diversity ensures natural sustainability for all life forms, including us.

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Right here in Washington there are hundreds of native wildlife species that we coexist with. From the seabirds wintering off our coast to the songbirds at our bird feeders to the ever-elusive coyote. These species all play an important role in the environment that they live in.  Seabirds are indicators of the health of the marine environment.  They will be the first to be affected if something is wrong because they spend most of their life at sea and rely on marine resources for food. Songbirds protect trees and other plants by preying on insects that chew leaves and harm forests. Coyotes are a keystone predator that have positive effects within an ecosystem by keeping natural areas healthy. They regulate populations of smaller predators in turn allowing the prey of smaller predators, like birds, to survive. 

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In a changing world, it is important for us humans to better understand and celebrate this biodiversity.  We can even help promote it in our own backyards and communities by planting wildlife gardens and taking injured and orphaned wild animals to wildlife rehabilitation centers like PAWS for help.

In the past five years PAWS, has returned more than 5,800 animals back to the wild encompassing more than 165 different species. We returned these animals back to the wild so they can once again be active members within their population to help preserve the biodiversity in Washington. 

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Help us celebrate by checking back each day this week on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for patient updates, inside looks and information about species we are currently treating at PAWS. 

Happy National Wildlife Week!!

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By Ashley Welch, Wildlife Admissions Specialist

Join PAWS Wildlife Center in planting a native species garden this spring and summer!

Why are native species gardens important?

Local wildlife is facing habitat loss and fragmentation in King and Snohomish counties. Providing natural food and habitat sources using native plants will not only give you a front row seat to view our spectacular wildlife, but also support our local wild animals.

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Decide which species you want to attract to your garden.

Native species gardens can attract and support a wide variety of animals from small mammals, such as Douglas Squirrels or Little Brown Bats, to birds including Anna’s Hummingbirds, Black-capped Chickadees and Dark-eyed Juncos.

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You will also likely be supporting invertebrates such as butterflies and bees, which are important pollinators! Check out the Xerces Society website to learn how to support bees locally and the North American Butterfly Association website to learn how to support butterflies in your home garden. You may even be able to apply to become a Certified Butterfly Garden.

In addition to providing native plants, you can also provide artificial homes for wildlife. There are many resources available to show you how to build homes for bats, bees, and birds.

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(Left to Right) Bird Nest Box, Tree Squirrel Nest Box, and Bee Nest Box.

Gardening Tips

  • When building a native species garden, try to use natural methods for controlling pests – using pesticides can actually harm our native wildlife.
  • Add a water source to attract native wildlife, but make sure to keep it clean!
  • Work with knowledgeable staff at a local nursery specializing in native plant species
  • Be careful when providing bird feeders, they may do more harm than good to our local wildlife.
  • If your garden will include vegetables or fruit, prepare to either share your garden with local wildlife or find humane solutions to deter them from entering your garden.

If you are having difficulty finding resources that apply to your situation, please call PAWS Wildlife Center at 425-412-4040 for assistance. Keep in mind it is not always possible to keep out all of the local wildlife, but there are natural ways to minimize attractions.

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An easy way to keep out visitors from vegetable garden is using wire fencing and netting.

Local Resources

Once you build your native species garden, sign up for the PAWS Shared Spaces Program to provide a starter home for newly released wild animals rehabilitated at PAWS Wildlife Center!

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By Jen Mannas, Wildlife Naturalist

Update on February 21, 2017: 16 gulls who were affected by the Tacoma die off event at the end of January were released back into the wild last week thanks to help from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife and the Port of Tacoma.

We are still treating 17 of the Glaucous-winged Gulls from the Tacoma die off event. They are all regaining strength and have moved to outside enclosures.


We often see gulls flying in the sky in the Seattle, taking strolls along the beach, loafing in parking lots, and floating in the waves of Puget Sound. But have you ever wondered more about them? Gulls are one of nature’s boldest birds and there are 22 species that call North America home.

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Although there are so many different species they are often lumped together and referred to as “seagulls” but this is a misnomer and an inaccurate depiction of where gulls actually live. They don’t actually go out to sea but stick to more coastal areas in lakes, rivers, marshes and cities.

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The gull species we are currently treating at PAWS are Glaucous-winged Gulls and Glaucous-winged Gull hybrids. Yes, hybrids. Gulls species sometimes mate with gulls of other species producing hybrids. In our area Glaucous-winged Gulls (below left) mate with Western Gulls (below right) as their breeding grounds overlap; these gulls are often called Olympic or Puget Sound Gulls (below center). Hybrid gulls will have characteristics of both species and can sometimes be hard to identify.

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Glaucous-winged gulls are a large gull with a white head and underparts. Their back if silvery gray and their wingtips are medium gray with white spots near the tip. They also have pinkish legs and adults have a yellow bill with a red spot towards the tip. Their wingspan is four to four and a half feet wide and they weigh approximately two and a half pounds. When they are young chicks they are a sandy color with brown spots to blend in with their surroundings.

Glaucous-winged Gulls are colonial nesters who make their nests in large groups on coastal cliffs, rocky islands and sometimes on flat roofs. They forage on fish and marine invertebrates and scavenge on carrion (dead animals). They capture food near the surface of the water or on shore and often steal food from other seabirds. They are opportunistic foragers and will eat whatever food is available which is why they do so well in more urban environments.

The oldest recorded Glaucous-winged Gull was at least 23 years old. It was banded in British Columbia in Washington in 2001.

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