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Fireworks are used to celebrate America’s independence and nationhood on the Fourth of July. These celebrations range from festivals to parades to ceremonies. Below are some facts on impacts of fireworks and tips on how to protect wildlife during your celebrations: Limit air pollution to reduce adverse health effects Fireworks and firecrackers release poisonous smoke that can contain toxic gases, such as ozone and carbon dioxide, traces of heavy metals and other harmful chemicals. This fume of fine particles not only impacts the wildlife in close proximity to…

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The summer solstice, on June 21st, 2022, kicked off the official first day of summer with Earth’s longest day of sunshine in the Northern Hemisphere. There are a variety of traditions across the world that celebrate the midnight sun; however, most use this celestial event to give thanks to nature and its gifts. With each shift in season, the type and number of wild patients follow suit based on their natural cycles. Over the course of the year, the number of onsite animals at a specific time depends…

An imitated sparrow call by a Northern Mockingbird. The drum of a Red-bellied Woodpecker on a pine. A squeak of an Anna’s Hummingbird in courtship. The whispering song of a Steller’s Blue Jay. The list of bird sounds in Colorado could go on and on. The Difference Between Songs, Calls and Other Bird Sounds Bird vocalizations come in all tones, patterns and decibel levels. However, they all have one thing in common – these sounds are critical for their communication in the wild from warnings to courtships. Humans…

WILD NIGHT FOR WILDLIFE 2022 Admission: $60 Friday, September 16 Happy Hour 5:00 – 6:15 pm; Event Program 6:15 – 7:15 pmBoulder Jewish Community Center (JCC) – 6007 Oreg Ave., Boulder Registration closes 9/15 at 5pm Please join us in celebrating our 40th year of helping Colorado’s wildlife. An admission package for eight people can be purchased in advance for $450. Event Details: Online auction with something for everyone Wine, beer, and hearty hors d’oeuvres Exhilarating live auction and heartwarming special appeal led by Don Martin, giving you…

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In 2021, more than 4,000 animals were treated by Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. This is the highest number treated in recent history. Take a look at a few photos of some of our interesting wild patients throughout the year, captured by volunteer photographer Ken Forman. If you find orphaned, injured, or sick wildlife, please call Greenwood at 303-823-8455 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily.

As the colder weather approaches, birds of all shapes and sizes have to start adapting to the colder weather. Extra winter feathers, shivering, and roosting with others are just a few of the ways they are able to keep cozy throughout the cold weather months. Extra feathers @fsw.org Many birds grow extra feathers as part of a late fall molt in preparation for winter. These extra feathers provide birds with the perfect insulation to stay warm. Additionally, birds have a unique adaptation called the uropygial gland. This special…

Why don’t ducks get frostbite when swimming in cold waters during the winter? Have you ever looked out into a cold pond and noticed the ducks playing happily in the water and wondered “How are they not freezing to death?” Well, it’s all due to the circulation in their feet! Ducks in particular do not have a lot of body fat to protect themselves during the cold winter months. It is crucial for them to minimize heat loss as much as possible. They do this through a unique,…

Below are a few examples of ways to prevent wildlife from becoming harmed on this spooky holiday. Fake spider webbing can entangle wildlife and even choke them. To avoid causing unnecessary injuries, please do not use these spooky decorations.  Halloween night is a change in the daily routine for nocturnal wildlife. The animals who are awake during the day are not used to humans running around in scary costumes. Please be cautious when driving and be on high alert for what might run in front of you. It’s…

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Colorado is seeing more and more human-bobcat interactions. Habitat availability and a decrease in prey density in their natural ranges are just some of the reasons these cats are being sighted in more urban areas. It’s very important that you not only know how to identify a bobcat, but what to do if you run into one. Identifying a bobcat Bobcats are commonly mixed up with the lynx species as they look very similar at first glance. The bobcat is twice the size of a house cat and…

From buying your very own Greenwood Calendar to donating on Colorado Gives Day, there are many ways to support Greenwood during the holidays. This Greenwood Calendar features our patients from 2019. Enjoy 12 months of Colorado wildlife. Pick up your own today at the center for just $20 or call to have it mailed for a small fee . This makes a great gift for any wildlife lover! Buy apparel from Bonfire.com Since our last apparel campaign, we have added a Women’s Slim-Fit Tee with new colors!Click here…