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Many people ask us what animals we care for the most.

Life is as dear to the mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not to die, so do other creatures. ~ His Holiness The Dalai Lama

We care for all animals, except those that are considered Rabies Vector Species (RVS) which include: raccoons, skunks and bats. These require special licensing and caging, as per the NYS DEC. At this time, none of the volunteers at AWARE have applied for this licnese, due to the volume of animals that we already care for.

 

As far as the "most"  kinds of animals that we care for, that would be birds. While mammals are next, and reptiles/amphibians are less often encountered.

 

When it comes to species of birds; it varies from year to year. With song birds some years, we see more robins, while other years it may be purple grackles, or finches, or barn swallows, or cedar waxwings, or blue jays... this year was barn swallows (aka "barnies.")

 

We always have waterfowl i.e., mallard ducks, wood ducks and Canada geese. But we also have saved many ruddy ducks, grebes, old squaws, merganzers, cormorants, buffle head ducks, and the list goes on...

 

Raptors vary from year to year. We have had hawks, owls, accipiters and falcons of many species.

 

The populations of species of birds tends to change from year to year. After 25 years of experience, this has been a constant change in numbers.

 

Mammals also vary, when it comes to squirrels and cottontail rabbits, which are the most prevelent species we care for. We also care for white tailed deer, chipmonks, fox, coyote, opossum, and woodchucks. OK, I confess, I still care for mice, moles and voles too!

Purple grackle fledgling. Little odd looking, but that's the way they are.
Blue jay nestling
Orphanded fawn. Mother was killed by a car.
Snapping turtle
Short eared owl. Rare species.
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