Sustaining Member Drive!

This month Bird Ally X is launching a drive for Sustaining Members. Sustaining members are exactly like anyone who supports our work financially. Except you help us every month. Our Sustaining Members, some give $5 a month, others give $250, form the core of our contributors. Your donation each month not only provides money to accomplish our […]

After Falling in a Grease Trap, a Pigeon’s Goose Is Nearly Cooked

Early Sunday morning we got a call at Humboldt Wildlife Care Center that an injured bird, probably a pigeon, was running around the parking lot at Eureka Natural Foods, unable to fly. A staffperson headed over to find a Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) who’d been contaminated by cooking grease. Restaurant grease traps are a fairly […]

Bald Eagle’s Suffering Ends

As we posted last week (original story here), we admitted a juvenile Bald Eagle for treatment on March 10th, who’d been in care at another facility since June 2016 after he was found at the base of a tree near Weaverville with broken wings. It was apparent immediately that the fractures he’d suffered in his […]

A Young Bald Eagle, A Difficult Case, A Slim Chance.

Usually we share our successes. Now and again we might share stories of patients whose injuries were so severe that the only care we could provide was to end their suffering, but we don’t often take our supporters and community members through that process. It’s our task and we perform it as we need to, without […]

One Western Grebe Improves Care For All

A storm-tossed Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) was admitted last month at Humboldt Wildlife Care Center. Western grebes are relatively common birds on the Pacific coast in winter where they can often be seen in the salt chucks, bays, lagoons, and the ocean, often in large groups, just beyond the breaking waves. We treat many each […]

Experiencing Turbulence: The Rough and Tumble Life of A Harlequin Duck

Harlequin Ducks (Histrionicus histrionicus) are not typical. Through the Winter they prefer the rocky coast, foraging blithely among the smashing waves. Generally speaking, they’re unusual to see, not because they’re rare, but because waves smashing on rocks is not habitat that suits the human animal that much. Come Spring the Harlequin leaves our rocky coast and goes […]

I Am Not Hazardous Waste, said the Bat

Monday morning as staff rolled into the clinic to open for the day, a white pickup truck from the Humboldt Waste Management Authority was parked in our lot. Sure enough a few minutes later, an employee from the Eureka facility came though our door. She had a bat in a small cardboard box. She said that […]

Storm Battered Screech-Owl Secures Second Chance

After the storms at the end of February raged across the North Coast, our caseload at Humboldt Wildlife Care Center saw many more battered birds. Collisions with rocks at sea, collisions with buildings – even frantic foraging during lulls in the wind and rain can cause otherwise cautious wild animals to take dangerous risks in order […]

We’ve Started a GoFundMe Campaign for Raccoon Housing Repairs

Your help needed! Just click on the screen shot below to go to read about the project and Donate! Thank You!!

Fieldbrook Hawk Gets Another Chance

During the last week of January, Humboldt Wildlife Care Center received a few calls about a hawk struggling in the wooded community of  Fieldbrook, east of McKinleyville. After a few trips to the area, we finally located the grounded bird, an adult Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis), unable to fly. Emaciated, weak, and with an injured right […]

Providing Critical Education for our Volunteers and Staff

While the most significant part of our mission is the direct care of injured and orphaned wild animals, Bird Ally X also puts effort into training wildlife rehabilitators and future wildlife rehabilitators. During the winter months, as our caseload decreases, we often hold workshops on different aspects of the care we provide our wild neighbors […]

Raccoon (and Owl!) Under the Trees for Christmas

Our wildlife clinic in Bayside, Humboldt Wildlife Care Center, is open every day of the year, including each holiday. There has never been a day when it wasn’t good that we were here.  This year on Christmas we admitted a very badly injured Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) who’s suffering we were able to end, and […]

It’s a Thin Line Between Town and Bay

It’s a thin line, between Town and Bay It’s a thin line, between Town and Bay It’s nine o’clock in the morning and we’re just getting in – we open up the front door and a new day begins. Check the pools, ‘cuz it rained all night, but they’re okay. Feed the birds, get the […]

Thank You 2016 Volunteers!

Last Saturday we held our 4th Annual Rent Party and Volunteer Appreciation show! 2016 was a tough year and without our volunteer staff we would not have been able to provide direct care to over 1o00 wild neighbors as well as consult on thousands of more cases resulting in humane conflict resolution between the wild […]

Tonight at Richard’s Goat! Pints for Bird Ally X and screening of The Love Witch!

Tonight, from 6pm to close, Richard’s Goat Tavern and Tea Room in Arcata (401 I St) will be donating  dollar for every pint of Beer and Cider sold! Showing tonight at the Miniplex at Richard’s Goat, a movie filmed in Arcata, the “hilarious, feminist homage to 1960s Italian thrillers,” The Love Witch. We’ll be there […]

Two Area Sea Geese are Home Again.

So far this year, among the returning birds to Humboldt Bay, we’ve admitted several Brant (Branta bernicla) for care. In fact, we’ve treated more Brant this year, twelve, than we’d treated in 2012 (5), -13 (3), -14 (0), and -15 (1) combined. Brant are beautiful and strong sea geese, thriving on our winter coast. Even in […]

Freedom’s Greetings

Each year we send a card to our mailing list offering our thanks and asking for continued support! Here’s this years! Expect it in your mailbox soon if you’re on our snail mail list! Freedom’s Greeting! Season’s Greetings, Friend of Wildlife! What a tumultuous year 2016 has been! Yet from a contentious US election to […]

Volunteer Appreciation/Rent Party!

Every year BAX honors our dedicated volunteers with a show and a party! And we invite everyone to come help us celebrate their devotion and love for our wild neighbors. Without our volunteers, our work wouldn’t be possible. Please come join us and also help us raise much needed funds to cover the cost of […]

A Very Lucky Hawk (cool video!)

On November 28, on US 101 where it winds through the gas stations and fast food joints of Eureka California, a Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) was in hot pursuit of a Sparrow. She caught the Sparrow but was hit by a car in the heavy traffic. A quick-thinking, kind-hearted man saw her get hit, saw […]

Giving Tuesday

For the past 5 years, after Thanksgiving in the US, after ‘Black Friday’, after ‘Cyber Monday’, people and non-profit organizations have been launching year-end fundraising appeals with #GivingTuesday… Each year that Humboldt Wildlife Care Center has participated, we’ve raised approximately $1000! A big help! If you’d like to help us end our year on strong […]