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Spring 2013

Spring here at WildCare is always busy. It’s usually our busiest time of the year. This spring, as you know, we had a string of thunderstorms, tornados, hail and flooding. This extreme weather left many of our birds and wildlife injured, orphaned, stressed and displaced. We took in over 840 new animals including; cottontails, raccoons, coyotes, red fox, owlets, hummingbirds, bobcats and so many more.
We have a wonderful staff, great team of volunteers, and along with your financial support we are able to treat, care for and foster these animals back to health. Once healthy, we can reintroduce the animals back where they belong. In the last week and a half we have been able to released several animals and birds.
So what can you do to help?
Through your tax deductible contributions we can purchase supplies, meds, and food we need to help to ensure our work will continue. The link below is a way to make a much needed donation.
You can also send your donation to
7601 84th St.
Noble, OK 73068
Thank you so much for your support!
For even more information follow this link to our donation page of our website.
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2012 Annual Report


2012 Total Presentations: 30 presentations to 1,329 people

3,396 visitors with admissions

1,150 guests at events

Total:                                                  5,875 people

Television spots 13 TV spots

Newspaper stories 2 stories

2012 Returned Phone Calls:

Answered ~ 80%

Total Phone Calls:                             ~11,000



2012 Volunteer Hours: 11,099                     2011 – 13,044                          2010 – 12,236 hours

122 volunteers, 102 new               76 volunteers, 41 new             65 volunteers, 34 new

34 completed min hrs                    34 completed min hrs              39 completed min hrs

27 have over 1,000 hrs                  27 have over 1,000 hrs            27 have over 1,000 hrs

47 have over 500 hrs                     47 have over 500 hrs               45 have over 500 hrs

2009 Volunteer Hours: 11,962                     2008 – 10,202 hrs 2007 – 12,808 hrs

82 volunteers, 48 new                         76 volunteers, 44 new

45 completed min hrs,                         39 completed min hrs

27 have over 1,000 hrs                        27 have over 1,000 hrs



2012 Staff/Work Study         2011 Staff/Work Study         2010 Staff/Work Study:

13,546 staff hrs                       12,557.85 staff hrs                  10,458.3 staff hrs

20.5 overtime hrs

14 employees                          12 employees                          17 employees

1,905 work study hrs              1,361.7 work study hrs           1,746.1 work study hrs

15,451 total paid hrs              13,919.55 total paid hrs         12,224.9 total paid hrs

42% volunteer hours            48% volunteer hours            50% volunteer hours

2009 Staff Hours/Work Study:                    2008 Staff/Work Study         2007

9,925 staff hours                                 10,569 staff hours                   8,863 staff hours

66 overtime hours                               155 overtime hours                 315 overtime hours

9 employees                                        13 employees

681 work study hours                         1,951.25 work study               1,879 work study

Total Paid Hours:  10,672                 12,675                                     11,057

62% volunteer hrs                             48% volunteer hrs                 58% volunteer hrs



Year       Donations           In-kind       Total Income        Direct Exp         Fund   Admin            Total Exp

2012       360,848                105,101       465,949 321,560              10,538 5,381               337,479

2011 261,465                94,138 355,603 339,347              11,626 8,988               359,961

2010 181,870                97,455 280,522 139754               9,218   5,879 148,851

2009 210,287                90,927 302,011 205,760              8,897   6,610   221,268

2008 168,452                78,682 247,751 200,815              5,793   1,026 207,635

2007 132,170                96,285 228,922 183,369              8,133   4,353 195,855

2006 102,891                102,174 205,624 190,544              7,725   1,418 199,688

2005 101,018                58,064 158,299 141,654  9,729   3,679 155,062

2004 93,235                  38,300 131,589 124,125  8,497   3,090 135,712

2003 106,489                41,930 149,655 101,277  11,556 8,715   121,617



Year                Total Admissions       Year                Total Admissions

2012                4955

2011                4507

2010                4067

2009                4,191                             1999                2,597

2008                 4,005                           1998                1,911

2007                3,213                            1997               1,729

2006                3,805                           1996                1,303

2005                3,804                           1995                  847

2004                3,604                           1994                  309

2003                3,256                           1993                  136

2002                3,173                           1992                   35

2001                2,930                           1991                   10

2000                2,998                           1990                     6

1989-1984           15

TOTAL          57,205

Animal Intake:          2012    2011    2010    2009    2008

Jan                               77        62        73        62        54

Feb                              97        60        66        51        94

March                          339      199      220      171      230

April                            738      547      609      480      452

May                             973      839      874      832      793

June                             727      861      595      858      642

July                              603      587      504      753      601

Aug                             757      700      530      415      397

Sept                             314      314      350      297      322

Oct                              179      177      113      124      132

Nov                             82        83        71        84        205

Dec                              69        78        62        64        83

Total                           4955    4507    4067    4191    4005


Admissions Visitors: 2012 – 3,396  2011- 2,799     2010- 2,535     2009- 2,454     2008- 2,611     2007- 2,257            2006- 2,539     2005- 2,178

Admissions Visitors:  2012    2011    2010    2009    2008

Jan                               50        48        69        58

Feb                              54        50        42        28

March                          198      115      98        104

April                            376      270      225      251

May                             630      493      525      460

June                             550      477      446      486

July                              473      416      336      370

Aug                             554      451      363      285

Sept                             236      232      251      216

Oct                              131      116      66        78

Nov                             79        57        60        54

Dec                              65        74        54        64

Total                           3,396   2,799   2,535   2,454

SpeciesName Total Intake Released Trans Pending Euthanized Died DOA % Rel


Bald Eagle 1 1
Barn Owl 3 2 1
Barred Owl 39 22 4 8 5 13%
Black Vulture 1 1
Broadwing Hawk 7 4 2 1 57%
Coopers Hawk 28 8 12 8 28%
Great Horned Owl 31 14 14 2 1 45%
Kestrel 17 10 3 4 59%
Mississippi Kite 438 329 5 38 62 4 76%
Osprey 1 1
Red Shoulder Hawk 33 13 13 7 39%
Red Tail Hawk 48 17 3 17 10 1 38%
Screech Owl 8 5 1 2 63%
Sharp Shinned Hawk 2 1 1
Short Eared Owl 1 1
Swainson Hawk 6 3 3 50%
Turkey Vulture 2 1 1
17 Species Total 666 427 1 12 111 108 7 70%
SpeciesName Total Intake Released Trans Pending Euthanized Died DOA % Rel
African Grey Goose 1 1
American Bittern 3 1 1 1
American Coot 4 2 1 1
Black Crowned Night Heron 1 1
Blue Sweedish Duck 6 6 100%
Blue Winged Teal 1 1
Call Duck 2 2
Canada Goose 60 26 8 2 7 12 5 59%
Cattle Egret 19 11 3 4 1 58%
Domestic Duck 51 37 2 4 7 1 76%
Domestic Goose 9 9 100%
Double-Crested Cormorant 2 1 1
Franklin Gull 1 1
Great Blue Heron 13 2 6 4 1 15%
Great Egret 4 1 2 1
Green Heron 1 1
Green Winged Teal 1 1
Grey Swedish Duck 1 1
Little Blue Heron 7 3 2 2
Mallard 178 135 3 7 31 2 77%
Muscovy 4 3 1
Northern Shoveler Duck 3 1 1 1
Peking Duck 25 24 1 96%
Pied Billed Grebe 2 2
Redhead Duck 1 1
Ring Billed Gull 1 1
Snowy Egret 7 3 1 3 43%
Sora 3 2 1
Toulouse Goose 1 1
Upland Sandpiper 1 1
Virginia Rail 1 1
White Pelican 1 1
Wood Duck 3 3
Yellow Crowned Night Heron 3 1 2
33 Species Total 421 275 8 9 43 74 12 69%
SpeciesName Total Intake Released Trans Pending Euthanized Died DOA % Rel
Baltimore Oriole 1 1
Barn Swallow 32 6 3 22 1 19%
Bewick’s Wren 2 2
Blue Jay 87 43 1 1 36 6 50%
Bluebird 21 6 14 1 28%
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher 1 1
Bobwhite Quail 4 1 2 1
Brewers Blackbird 8 4 1 3 50%
Brown Headed Cowbird 6 4 2 66%
Brown Thrasher 14 5 8 1 36%
Cardinal 49 15 2 5 25 2 35%
Carolina Wren 9 1 8
Catbird 1 1
Cedar Waxwing 4 1 1 2
Chickadee 3 3
Chimney Swift 9 2 7
Chuck Wills Widow 3 2 1
Cliff Swallow 1 1
Common Blackbird 16 6 2 7 1 37%
Common Grackle 41 11 8 18 4 27%
Common Yellowthroat Warbler 1 1
Crow 29 7 1 7 11 3 25%
Domestic Quail 1 1
Downy Woodpecker 2 1 1
Eastern Kingbird 1 1
Eastern Phoebe 9 3 3 1 2
Egg 3 3
Eurasian Collared Dove 98 49 1 17 11 17 3 62%
Gold Finch 3 3
Gray Catbird 1 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1 1
Great Tail Grackle 44 17 7 17 3 38%
Guinea Fowl 1 1
Hermit Thrush 1 1
Horned Lark 1 1
House Finch 38 15 22 1 39%
House Sparrow 233 120 5 93 15 52%
House Wren 62 4 1 50 7
Junco 6 1 1 4
Killdeer 7 2 5
Lark Sparrow 1 1
Lincoln’s Sparrow 1 1
Meadow Lark 1 1
Mocking Bird 87 42 5 35 5 48%
Mourning Dove 111 43 1 10 11 40 6 43%
Night Hawk 15 5 5 4 1
Orchard Oriole 4 2 2
Painted Bunting 3 1 1 1
Phoebe 6 3 3 50%
Pigeon 159 92 21 21 17 8 67%
Poorwill 1 1
Prairie Chicken 2 2
Purple Martin 8 3 2 3
Red Bellied Woodpecker 8 6 1 1 75%
Red Shafted Flicker 2 1 1
Red Winged Blackbird 5 2 3
Roadrunner 6 3 2 1
Robin 135 72 1 2 3 51 6 55%
Ruby Throated Hummingbird 5 2 1 2
Savannah Sparrow 1 1
Scissor-Tail Flycatcher 14 3 2 2 7
Starling 189 128 3 48 10 68%
Summer Tanager 1 1
Swainson’s Thrush 1 1
Swamp Sparrow 1 1
Turkey 7 1 4 1 1
Unknown Insect Eater 5 4 1
Unknown Seed Eater 7 6 1
Western Kingbird 9 4 2 1 2 66%
Whip-Poor-Will 1 1
White Crowned Sparrow 2 1 1
White Winged Dove 15 8 1 1 5 57%
Woodcock 1 1
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker 3 3
Yellow Billed Cuckoo 6 2 4
Yellow Shafted Flicker 3 2 1
Yellow Warbler 1 1
Ring Neck Dove 12 2 1 1 8
79 Species 1693 759 19 56 114 651 94 48%
SpeciesName Total Intake Released Transferred Pending Euthanized Died DOA %Release
Armadillo 6 1 2 3
Beaver 3 1 2
Bobcat 5 3 2
Chipmunk 1 1
Cottontail 917 341 1 17 528 30 37%
Coyote 9 3 4 2 77%
Deer Mouse 9 4 5 44%
Eastern Mole 4 3 1 66%
Evening Bat 4 4
Field Mouse 29 3 26 10%
Flying Squirrel 2 1 1
Fox Squirrel 299 144 15 11 122 7 52%
Gopher 4 2 1 1 75%
Grey Fox 8 6 1 1 75%
Grey Squirrel 1 1
Hoary Bat 1 1
Jackrabbit 1 1
Mexican Free-Tailed Bat 3 2 1
Mole 2 1 1
Opossum 387 237 3 6 141 62%
Plains Pocket Gopher 1 1
Porcupine 2 2
Raccoon 205 130 5 1 33 36 66
Red Bat 34 30 2 1 1
Red Fox 7 2 5 75%
Shrew 1 1
Skunk 67 50 14 3 75
White Tail Deer 38 3 15 3 10 6 1 55.00%
28 Species Total 2050 971 33 26 82 895 43 49.6% RELEASE
SpeciesName Total Intake Released Transferred Pending Euthanized Died DOA % Release
Blotched Water Snake 1 1
Fence Lizard 1 1
Garter Snake 1 1
Horned Lizard 3 3
Missouri Cooter Turtle 5 5
Ornate Box Turtle 8 6 1 1 87%
Ouachita Map Turtle 1 1
Rat Snake 9 8 1 88%
Rattlesnake 1 1
Red Eared Slider 38 26 7 5 68%
River Cooter 2 2
Snapping Turtle 5 5
Soft Shell Turtle 1 1
Three Toed Box Turtle 43 33 3 4 3 82%
Toad 5 3 2
Yellow Mud Turtle 1 1
16 Species 125 97 1 3 13 11 80% RELEASE
SpeciesName Total Intake Released Trans Pending Euthanized Died DOA % Rel
Raptors 666 427 1 12 111 108 7 66%
Waterfowl 421 275 8 9 43 74 12 68%
Song Birds 1693 759 19 56 114 651 94 51%
Mammals 2050 971 33 26 82 895 43 51.00%
Reptiles 125 97 1 3 13 11 0 79%
TOTAL 4955 2529 62 106 363 1739 156 53.00%

Announcing the new Wildlife Rescue and Education Center at WildCare

Since opening our doors in 1984, WildCare Foundation a 501 (c3) has admitted and cared for more than 55,000 wild animals. We are committed to providing a place where orphaned, or injured wild animals struggling to survive have a chance to return and thrive in their natural habitats. With more than 3,000 rescuers making it to WildCare every year with an injured wild animal, we recognize that our work is not only serving Oklahoma’s wildlife, but Oklahomans as well. Without WildCare, members of the public simply would not have a place to take an injured animal. And without our expert care, the animals we successfully treat and return to their habitats would not have a fighting chance at survival.

But this important work, which we treat as a sacred public mission, is being carried out in increasingly cramped premises at our location near Noble, Oklahoma.  The same facility where once only a few hundred animals received care now accommodates more than 4,500 yearly!

After careful analysis and preparation we are proud to announce that we have launched a campaign to build the new Wildlife Rescue and Education Center at WildCare. This custom designed building will be situated on seven acres owned by WildCare. This new center will provide dedicated space for admissions and rehabilitation, and it will ultimately enable WildCare to improve our ability to properly care for and return healthy rescued animals to the wild it will also help us fulfill our responsibility of educating the next generation of Oklahomans about how to live in harmony with our wildlife while allowing us to provide unique educational opportunities without disturbing the animals or interfering in their treatment.

Conceptual View of new Center

Conceptual View of new Center

To build the new Center will cost $375,000. Our goal is to raise the money needed by the end of this year, which would allow us to break ground in 2013.

Proposed Rescue and Edcucation Center Floor Plan

New Wildlife Rescue and Education Center Floor Plan

Together we can build a Center that will protect Oklahoma wildlife for the next generations and educate the public on the diverse wildlife of our state. I hope that you will consider making a generous donation today to our Building Campaign. For further information about the project, and how your vital contribution will be recognized by WildCare contact us at 405-872-9338 or rondilarge@yahoo.com.

We respect and appreciate any donation but please remember that WildCare must still meet its usual operating budget expenses. So we still need your annual donations to support our daily operation expenses for the animals that need our care now.

Thank you for helping WildCare help Oklahoma’s injured or orphaned Wildlife.

Little packages and big ones arrive at WildCare needing help

In a very small box with a heated rice sock and fluffy material on February 3rd our first mammal babies arrived. Infant fox squirrels with umbilical cords only a few days old. They are lucky to be in good shape after falling when their nest tree was cut down.

Young and small animals like these squirrels are easily secured in a shoe box with something to keep them warm. Small birds can also be safely transported in this manner.

A few days earlier we received a paper box with shredded paper in it along with 2 nestling pigeons. Pigeons and doves are very early nesters so we expect to see them even while it is still freezing at night.

I don’t think you can find a shoe box big enough for a pelican, so a sturdy large dog crate is a good option. The plastic bottom can be very slippery so a towel or two on the bottom allows for good traction. A towel over the door will give an adult bird a feeling of safety for the drive to get help.

This adult male white pelican was found at Tishomingo tangled in a trot line. One hook was in the flesh of the metacarpus, the very end of the wing. The line was wrapped so tightly that it cut off circulation to the wing and damaged the patagium ligament of the right wing. This 13 pound ball of white feathers has a darker side. He has black primaries and lots of practice grabbing things with his beak. The edges are sharp and his aim is keen. In a few days the cuts on our arms will stop bleeding as he begins to understand that we are tossing him fish. With his medication inserted in the mouth of the dead fish he quickly swallows his dinner, medication and all!

So if you are an animal rescuer, save your shoe boxes for the little ones. You will never get a pelican in one!

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WildCare’s first 5 River Otters get released

I remember when the river otters first arrived. They seemed so small. Their 4 pound limber bodies were covered in dense water proof fur yet they were afraid of the water. It wasn’t long before that changed. An otter rehabber suggested that I wear rubber boots with them. I told her “I didn’t mind getting wet”. She said “It will decrease the number of stitches from their bites on your ankles”. They have punctured several holes in my husbands hip waders that are now dangerously too short. At 30 pounds they stand over 3 feet tall. They are ready to be on their own! There are so many emotions involved in this release! Glad we never had to take anyone for stitches. Lucky we stopped their escapes right before they were successful. Frustrated their enclosure will never be the same until it is repaired. Yet the joy they brought us with their antics and energy will be missed! I am sure the volunteers, interns and staff will always remember the year we were lucky enough to be part of their first steps or swims towards freedom. Proud, Lucky and Relieved to have them free!

Kirkpatrick Foundation and Hitachi join WildCare

WildCare’s 80’x100’ fawn enclosure needed repairs after many years of use along with one of our first flights, the 80’x60’ James Thomas (JT) Aviary. Last fall we submitted a grant to the Kirkpatrick Foundation that they approved, to help with the renovations. The Boomer Banners, one of OU’s Integrated Business Core companies, volunteered their time to take down the fencing that was to be replaced. Hitachi Computer Products joined the efforts to make the funding complete. Thanks to the Kirkpatrick Foundation and  Hitachi WildCare had the materials to renovate these important enclosures. Thank you! But these enclosures did not build themselves. A special Thank you goes to OT Sanders for his patience in designing the renovations and his countless hours of fence building, welding, trimming cedar trees, and hanging the netting. These two enclosures are now larger and stronger than ever before. Thank you Kirkpatrick! Thank you Hitachi! Thank you Boomer Banners! And Thank you OT!!!

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WildCare hosts 2 day course

On February 18-19, 2012 over 50 people gathered for a 2 day in-depth course on the Basics of Wildlife Rehabilitation. The course was taught by the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, which has been training wildlife rehabbers around the world for many years. The course covered topics including basic anatomy and physiology, calculating drug dosages, handling and physical restraint, thermoregulation, stress, basic shock cycle, initial care and physical examination, nutrition and associated diseases, standards for housing, zoonoses, euthanasia criteria and release criteria.

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation graciously opened their doors at their education building at Arcadia Lake for the two days. Overlooking the lake we were interrupted as a bald eagle soared past the windows. Damon Springer, with ODWC Information and Education Division and Intern Aaron were very gracious with all the activity and longs hours for the weekend. Thank you!

Jim and Annette Brown of Maguire Store donated lunch for all the students. Danny Doyle of Country Boy Markets in Harrah made sure that there was plenty of fresh fruit for the entire course. Thank you both!!!  Special thanks to Angela who ran our kitchen for the two days. She made sure there were muffins and French toast casserole for breakfast. She also  put on her brakes to miss a deer on the way to the course and dumped 4 gallons of her home made potato soup in the floor board of her car. The deer was lucky, her carpet was not!

Holiday Newsletter 2011

wild xmas

December 2011

Dear Santa,

ghoI have been a good owl all year! Normally I would ask for a mouse or two for Christmas but this year is different. Last week I didn’t look both ways and I flew into a car. Lucky for me I was taken to WildCare. This year Santa, I need medication to make my head not hurt. I need someone to care for me. I need a place where I will be safe until I am better. It may not seem like a lot but it is all that I need to get back on my wings again.


Great Horned Owl

PS You can always slip a few mice into my stocking!

Dear Santa,

cotThis year I would love to ask for green grasses and dandelions but I’ll dream of a green Christmas next year. This year I need my hind leg to be fixed after a dog almost ate me. I need a radiograph, a splint, and medication. I also need someone to take care of me while I get back on my feet. Thank you Santa! I knew I could count on you!



PS I would also like not to have an owl as a neighbor. They make me nervous!

PSS I promise I will eat all my greens next year!

Thanks to our veterinarians!

When an opossum arrives with part of her anatomy outside of her body, who are you going to call? When an adult bobcat gets hit by a car and you are asked by Norman Animal Control to assist in capturing and sedating her, who are you going to call? This can be a major hurdle for many rescue groups but WildCare has the answer. We call Dr. Joe Carter and his clinic at Oklahoma Equine Hospital. Dr. Carter donated the use of his clinic to the injured and sick wild animals at WildCare for the 11th year. On top of that he encourages his staff Dr. Kelly Fleming and Dr. Summer VanPelt to help in as many procedures as needed. Radiographs, surgeries, and diagnosis are all donated. We can’t thank them enough. Dr. Amy Tyler this year has given one day each week to spend at WildCare helping diagnose and develop treatment plans for hundreds of wild patients. THANK YOU ALL!

We get along with a lot of help from our volunteers!

By Kristy Wicker, VolunteerKristy

I have been volunteering at WildCare for just over a year but had been considering it for a lot longer than that.  I was worried that I didn’t have the time to spare in my already busy schedule.  But every time I read or heard about some animal WildCare had rescued I would feel the pull to go out and see if I could help.  In October 2010, I finally took the plunge and contacted Rondi about volunteering (I think it was after reading about the flying squirrels they were caring for) and since that time I have come out one morning a week to help wherever they need me.  Most of those mornings I still feel as if I have too much to do to volunteer, but I go, and I always discover that going out there improves my day.  For me, it gets me out of my frantic “To Do” mode.  I slow down and focus on the animal or project in front of me.  To care for an animal that is hurt and frightened, you must be calm and totally present.  This is a gift for me.  As a self-employed mother, I am often thinking three or four steps ahead of whatever project I am currently working on and focus is hard to come by.  But helping care for the animals at WildCare brings me into the moment, as I am constantly in awe of the animals we care for.  It also helps me connect with the natural world as I see first-hand the seasonal cycles of baby season (fox squirrels have two!), migrations (burrowing owls anyone?), animal movements to find mates and territories of their own, and the effects of storms, heat, and wind.   So while volunteering helps WildCare it also helps me.  I feel blessed to have the opportunity to see these animals up close, to treat them gently and care for them, and then experience the thrill of seeing them returned back to the wild.  That is a gift!

Kites in crisis!

By OT Sanderskite

Wearing their down coat, and without sippy cups, the baby Mississippi Kites in their nests at the tops of the trees had two choices: to cook in the triple digit heat or jump. 302 nestlings that jumped arrived at WildCare! A normal year we would admit 100-130. It is impossible to know the full impact of this year’s heat and drought on Oklahoma’s wildlife but we know first hand it had a negative impact on M. Kite nestlings. In early August, during the peak of the triple digit heat, we began receiving 30 nestling Kites a day. The nestlings, mostly two to four weeks of age, were bailing out of the nest before they could fly. They came to us extremely dehydrated and malnourished. Needless to say taking in triple the usual number severely tested WildCare’s capabilities and resources. Our first crisis was to rehydrate them. Once they were stable the next crisis was food for 300 nestlings 4 times a day.   M. Kites are primarily insects eaters but there was no way we could supply the quantity of insects needed. So, to meet the need I made a trip to a food supplier in Nebraska and transported 1,000 lbs of a customized Bird of Prey diet used by zoos nationally to feed hawks and owls. The next crisis was extra hands to feed 300 nestling four times a day. Feeding 300 nestlings by hand 4 times per day was a huge challenge for WildCare’s limited staff. We absolutely could not have accomplished this without the help of many dedicated volunteers who stepped up and met the challenge. We thank you all and extend a special thanks to Dr. Liz Bergey, Kristi Wicker, Angelia Taylor, and especially Rachel Berkowitz for their many hours hand feeding the kites.

As they grew and began to fly the next crisis was needing flight space for 300 kites. Fortunately, WildCare has a large number of outdoor enclosures and with some rearranging of animals we were able to accommodate all in suitable housing until release.

The kites were all released at WildCare where we had feeding platforms around the property for several more weeks. It was rewarding to see so many kites catching bugs so high in the air, calling to each other as they flew. Then, as we expected one day they were gone. Kites fly in large groups to South America catching bugs on their way. Hopefully we will see them next May when they return.

Mississippi Kites banded before release

By Rachel Berkowitz, Volunteer

WildCare took in more than 300 juvenile Mississippi Kites this summer, and master bander Dr. James Parker, PhD flew from Maine to take advantage of the opportunity. Dr. Parker has banded and studied kites for 25 years. He collected data on weights and feather measurements to compare our kites to those he has previously studied. Over four days, we banded all of the kites on the property and later recorded when they were released. In time, this might provide feedback about where our kites end up and if they survive. Dr. Parker involved OSU vet students, keepers at OKC zoo and WildCare staff and volunteers and taught techniques of bird banding and the reasons for it.

Owl Pellets for Salepellet

Sterilized 1.5” or bigger $ 1.25 each

Teach children about owls and save an injured owl in Oklahoma! Sterilized pellets are full of tiny rodent bones and hair. Small sizes available at $ 1.00 each. Call WildCare to place your order (405) 872-9338

Staff attends conferences thanks to Owl pellets

By Terrie Girlinghouse, 6 years on staff

In Early May, 2011 I attended the Raptor Rehabilitation Conference at the Univ. Of Minnesota. Wildlife rehabilitators and veterinarians attended from around the country. The week was filled with training on raptor initial exams, lab work, surgery, physical conditioning and release consideration.  I learned new protocols for head trauma, wrapping and splinting broken bones, and physical conditioning to get them ready to be returned to the wild.

For the second year  Miranda Vesy, 4 years on staff, and Lacy-Jean Rhodes, 3 years on staff, attended the National Wildlife Rehabilitation Association Conference in New York. A few of the programs were given on song bird diets and housing, initial exams for birds and mammals, nutrition, fluid therapy, wound management, trauma care, and  rehabilitation of various species.

These conferences are paid for by our sales of Owl Pellets. Throughout the year volunteers , staff and interns pick up the owl pellets the owls produce. We then role them in foil and sterilize them. Then they are sold to schools for students to dissect the bones of the animals the owls ate. It is a great educational tool for teachers and brings in revenue to WildCare.

2011 WildCare

By O.T. Sanders, Ph.D. Facility Director and Board Member

In April, 2011 WildCare had the honor of releasing another bald eagle. This one hit a windshield of an 18 wheeler on the highway and survived. Once the internal injuries, broken leg, and wing healed she began flight conditioning for release.

WildCare has been helping injured and orphaned wildlife in Oklahoma for 27 years. On June 14th we admitted our 50,000th animal. Yes, over 50,000 animals have come through our admission area needing help. All have been brought to WildCare by caring individuals who want to see these animals get the help they need to recover and to be released back into their natural habitats. The animals can’t say it but we, the staff and volunteers at WildCare can, thank you for caring enough to stop your busy life to try to save a life. We also thank you for your continued donations which makes our work possible.

After 27 years and 50,000 plus animals one begins to think “ I’ve seen it all” but every year brings more surprises. Only once before have we had the privilege of dealing with a River Otter at WildCare; one young baby that unfortunately did not survive. This year we admitted five infants. Raising and housing river otters presented quite a challenge. Otters not only are   active swimmers but they are climbers as well. So, in addition to providing a pool for swimming they required a climb-proof enclosure and an insulated den box to house the five for the winter. They also have huge appetites necessitating a constant supply of fish. We thank the OKC Zoo for assisting with this need and one young volunteer, Rachel Berkowitz, for her many early morning fishing expeditions on behalf of the hungry otters. All have survived, are  healthy, weighing over 22 pounds, and will be released in early spring.

2011 brought another surprise for WildCare: 317 Mississippi Kites, 302 were nestlings! Read more about the Kites in Crisis on page 2.

WildCare graciously accepted a large donation from the Golden family to start an Education and Facility Building Fund. This 5,000 sq ft building will greatly increase space for education, nurseries, and clinic areas. You will hear more in the coming year of this exciting project!

Once again we have accepted a record number of animals, 4,402 with a month and a half yet to go. We could not have done this without our supports and volunteers. THANK YOU for another year!

WildCare Staff & Internsstaff

As the year comes to a close, we want to thank our dedicated Staff and Interns. We are fortunate to have three full-time staff members at WildCare. Terrie Girlinghouse (6yrs), Miranda Vesy (4yrs), and Lacy Jean Rhodes (3yrs). Sadly, in Sept. Lacy-Jean  moved on to a similar position at a facility in CA, her home state. Returning as summer staff were Deb Roppoli (15yrs), Molly Baldwin and Guin Stice (2yrs). Our first year interns were Laura Kintz from New Hampshire, Karyn Lesinski from Ohio, Katie Lisko, from Wisconsin, and Pace Frank from Texas.

To an animal your donation is the world

By Rondi M Large, Executive Director

When I first became involved in wildlife rehabilitation I didn’t know what an impact it would have on my life. I also would never had guessed that I would or could have ever taken in 50,000 animals. Wow! That’s a lot. But we have. How have we done it? One life at a time! Granted, there are days when lots of individual lives arrive together, but it still is one life at a time.

Today, a burrowing owl arrived at WildCare that was in shock. She needed fluids, requiring a sterile needle, syringe, and someone trained to administer them. Food and water were placed in a large crate with towels, a heating pad, and a den box where the owl will rest peacefully. An opossum arrived with a wound needing antibiotics, wound cleaner, gauze, ointment and then a bandage needed to be applied. She was picked up with leather gloves and weighed then put in an enclosure with soft straw, a den box, branches and fed dry kibble, fish, egg, and fruit along with a bowl of water.  She was given medication to remove fleas. Their world would have ended without WildCare.

Both the owl and the opossum were struggling to survive when someone stopped to save them. They both arrived at WildCare with their world turned upside down. As they received the care they needed to survive as described above please notice the highlighted words. Every one of those items you have provided! Every time an animal has come to WildCare we have been prepared because of you! Every donation made will give another animal the chance to have his world back!

You may be just one person to the world

but to this one animal your donation is the world

50,000 times your donation has allowed WildCare to care for each life brought to our hands! One donation at a time, one life at a time, we have given their world back!

Who knows what crisis and challenges these magnificent wild creatures will face in 2012. I know you will join WildCare in  providing the world for each of the animals that will find themselves hurt, ill or without a family. Your donation is so necessary for them to have a chance at returning to their world. Your donation of $100… $75… $50… or even $25 will speak for your own love and respect for all wildlife.

Thank you for giving their world back with a donation for 2012!


WildCare wants to thank all the families and friends for the memorial donations in their loved ones names. We hope you are comforted knowing that a wild one will be free once more in their names!

Ruth Boyd, Sue Kristine Isaac-Gould, Joe Rolston, Mike Little, Scott Borelli, Kris Speegle, Ruby E Ray, Eleanor Gainan, Claire Nellie Moore, Dr. Hugh Maguire, Jerry Francis, Justin Hues, Georgia May Hummer, Logan Lonsbury, Ozella Vaeth, JoAnn Holt, and Mary Malzahn

Honoraria Donations

Melinda West, Trisha Worster and Sarah Williams

Jan-Nov 2011 Intake

# Accepted ~  Species

623 ~ Cottontail

545 ~ Opossum

341~ Fox Squirrel

317~ Mississippi Kite

186~ Starling

170~ Raccoon

164~ Mallard

160~ House Sparrow

128~ Pigeon

108~ Robin

101~ Blue Jay

94~ Purple Martin

92~ Mourning Dove

81~ Eurasian Collared Dove

62~ Canada Goose

55~ Mocking Bird

52~ Skunk

42~ House Finch

39~ Domestic Duck

38~ Field Mouse

35~ Grackle

33~ Barred Owl

31~ Red Shoulder Hawk

30~ 3 Toed Box Turtle

28~ Coopers Hawk

26~ White Tail Deer

26~ Cardinal

25~ Red Bat

22~ Red Tail Hawk

20~ Barn Swallow

21~ American Coot

20~ Muscovy

19~ Phoebe, Great Horned Owl

18~ Kestrel, House Wren

17~ Ornate Box Turtle

16~ Brown Thrasher

14 ~  Cattle Egret, Peking Duck, Downy Woodpecker, Franklin Gull, Domestic Goose

12~ Bluebird, Scissor-Tail Flycatcher, Bewick’s Wren

11 ~ Screech Owl, Chickadee, Broadwing Hawk, Crow, Toad, Red Bellied Woodpecker

10 ~ Great Tail Grackle, Unknown infant songbird, Ruby Throated Hummingbird

9 ~ Grey Fox, Common Blackbird

8 ~ Turkey Vulture, Cedar Waxwing

7 ~ Night Hawk, Yellow Billed Cuckoo, Western Kingbird

6 ~ Gold Finch, Red Winged Blackbird, Missouri Cooter

5 ~ Beaver, Wood Duck, Killdeer, Mexican Free-Tailed Bat, Poorwill, River Otter, Quail

4 ~ Black Crowned Night Heron, Barn Owl, Turkey, Cotton Rat, Eastern Kingbird, Brown Headed Cowbird, White Winged Dove

3 ~ Bobcat, Coyote, Armadillo, Little Blue Heron, Great Egret, Yellow Crowned Night Heron, Ring Billed Gull, Sharp Shinned Hawk, Burrowing Owl, Grasshopper Sparrow, Eastern Pipistral Bat, Lincoln’s Sparrow

2 ~ Grey Squirrel, Brewers Blackbird, Great Blue Heron, Snapping Turtle, Purple Finch, Roadrunner, Flying Squirrel, Chicken, African Grey Goose, Mole, Gopher, Evening Bat, Tufted Titmouse, Sora, Upland Sandpiper, Mute Swan, Lark Sparrow, Shrew, Blue Winged Teal, Muskrat, Oachita Map Turtle, Red Eyed Vireo

1 ~ Porcupine, Junco, Snowy Egret, Meadow Lark, Bald Eagle, Ring Neck Dove, Yellow Billed Sapsucker, Red Fox, Green Heron, Painted Bunting, Belter Kingfisher, Nashville Warbler, Prairie Falcon, Pied Billed Grebe, Piliated Woodpecker, White Goose, Yellow warbler, Indigo Bunting, Black Vulture, Frog, Lesser Scaulp, Ovenbird, Ruddy Duck, Hoary Bat, and 20 other species

July 2011

Back in 1984 when I took in the first animal I didn’t understand what path I was beginning.  All I knew was there was a young raccoon that was illegally kept as a pet until it bit someone. The animal had to be quarantined or his head would be removed and tested for rabies. Of course I would help this animal provided I would be able to release it when his quarantine was up.   Several months later the raccoon’s life was changed as he scampered off through the trees. I had no idea that 27 years later I would be helping our 50,000 animal.

50,000 animals have arrived in various stages of need. All of them needed to have a change in their life in order to survive. All of them needed WildCare. All of them needed you!

With the help of WildCare staff, volunteers, and donors we have made a significant difference to the health of Oklahoma’s wildlife!  Together we have done it 50,000 times, one life at a time! Together we have changed the lives of  over 300 species including some endangered species.

We have heard 50,000 stories of  the circumstances that brought that particular animal to us. Some fairly typical like a storm, a chain saw, or our dog brought it to us. Then there are the more unusual stories; an alligator found in a crack house, a Chinese painted stork hatched at San Diego Wild Animal Park that escaped from a zoo in Kansas.  Regardless of the what happened to them they all needed us to survive.

Along this path we have also met some remarkable people! People who agree with us that a life is worth saving! People who stop their life to save an animal’s life! We have met dedicated people who have volunteered over 1000 hours at WildCare. We have also met loyal people who have made donations to  WildCare monthly for years. And a few who have made a substantial one time donation. All donors, whether it be big or little, cash or supplies, or their time have all been an active part in helping save 50,000 animals! The next time you take a walk imagine seeing 50,000 wild animals. Then imagine them all saying “Thank You”! This actually isn’t your imagination. It is reality.

Thank you for your support of 50,000 animals!




PS Register for WildCare’s 2nd 5k run and 1 mile Bunny Hop, July 29th and Aug 12 at Andrew’s Park newly certified Norman Legacy Trail, Norman, OK at www.signmeup.com/75806, evanjayne@Yahoo.com, or (405) 313-8651

WildCare provides people a place to bring wildlife struggling to survive with the goal of releasing healthy animals back into the wild.
Bobcat cub growing leaps and bounds
15 fawns are growing taller
Screech owlets looking like adults
4 river otters have each other to play

March 17th brought us cottontails

Relaxed cottontails

Relaxed cottontailsSt. Patricks Day brought us cottontails for good luck. We should have great luck then with the 21 cottontails we are currently raising. Lucky for WildCare the 2 staff members that attended the National Wildlife Rehaber conference last month took a class raising cottontails. They are very hard to raise in captivity and the class had some great ideas to reduce their stress. We will keep you posted!Bunch of bunnies