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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,…

Halloween can be a dangerous time for wildlife, given all the exterior decorations and candy wrappers laying around. Below are a few examples of ways you can prevent wildlife from becoming harmed on this spooky holiday. Candy may be a treat for you, but the wrappers it comes in are a choking hazard for wildlife. This year especially, we will see more candy bowls left out on the front porch as a Covid-19 safety precaution. If you plan on doing so, keep a lid on the bowl so…

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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…

A baby raccoon may look like it could be a cuddly pet, but there are many reasons why they don’t belong on your couch.  Raccoons are like the other wild animals that inhabit Colorado, they will resort to instincts that help them survive. That means this fuzzy ball of cuteness could one day turn into an unruly house guest. We’ve heard stories where a raccoon raised from infancy got out and attacked a kid in their neighborhood, or bit the family dog. There are reasons why it’s illegal…

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Why do some animals thrive in urban spaces while others falter? The animals we see in our backyards: squirrels, finches, raccoons, and rabbits all seem to handle our pollution, noise, and concrete rather well in comparison with most other species. Animals like Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep on the other hand, aren’t so adaptable. So why do some animals thrive while others are pushed further into the small swaths of habitat they have left? 1. One man’s trash is another man’s (or coon’s) treasure. Some animals have adapted to…

Calling all artsy wildlife lovers! Greenwood is working on releasing several wild designs of Popsocket phone grips made by our very own community, that means you! Creating your own Popsocket design on behalf of Greenwood is simple and a fun way to show support. Here is how to get started: Create an account on Poptivism. Find your cause (that’s us!) by searching “Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center” under the “Animals” category Upload your own design! Preview your design (read tips on how to create an amazing looking Popsocket below)…

Winter can leave Coloradans feeling dull and somber. The sound of songbirds fades away, the green turns to gray, and wildlife viewing is sparse. As soon as spring approaches, baby animals start to appear in tree nests and burrows, the sound of birds finds its way back through our windows, greenery emerges, and chattering squirrels frolic. For Greenwood, this is one of the busiest times of the year. A litter of baby squirrels, tiny and eyes closed, wander through the leaves of their mother’s nest. We call them…