Who We Care For

 

Who We Care For

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 license, 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 over 28 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 prevalent species we care for. We also care for white tailed deer, chipmunks, fox, coyote, opossum, and woodchucks. OK, I confess, I still care for mice, moles and voles too!

Meet Some of Our Rescued Friends

Juvenile Goldfinch

Juvenile Goldfinch

Eastern Screech Owl

Eastern Screech Owl

Eastern Cottontail

Eastern Cottontail

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

Owls

Owls

Orphaned Eastern Screech Owls from a tree removal.

Immature Bald Eagle

Immature Bald Eagle

Distressed Eagle

Owl

Owl

Short Eared Owl. Rare species.

Turtle

Turtle

Snapping turtle

Deer

Deer

Orphaned fawn. Mother was killed by a car.

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Blue Jay Nestling

Purple Grackle

Purple Grackle

Purple Grackle Fledgling. Little odd looking, but that's the way they are.

Starling

Starling

Hatchling Starling

Owl

Owl

Great Horned Owl. (Hanna)

Ducklings

Ducklings

Adopted Orphan Ducklings

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Orphaned fledgling Blue Jay

Starling

Starling

Adult Starling

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Adult Blue Jay

Ring-Billed Gull

Ring-Billed Gull

Bluebird & Sparrow

Bluebird & Sparrow

This Sparrow and Bluebird were both rescued from abandoned nests.

Red-Tailed Hawk

Red-Tailed Hawk

Juvenile red-tailed hawk being examined. The hawk was found very thin and weak.