Birds can be seen nesting all around Colorado this time of year. From low hanging branches to mud covered cliff dwellings. One day you may come across a young bird that has fallen from or left the nest. This blog will walk you through exactly what to do.These animals have three stages of life. It is important to know what stage the bird is in order to move on to the next steps. HatchlingHatchling birds have almost no down feathers on their bodies. Their eyes are closed and…

For National Zoo Lovers Day, we would like to highlight the different ways that zoos help wildlife in comparison with wildlife sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers (like Greenwood). All of them have a similar mission related to helping wild animals but each does this in distinct ways. It is important to be aware of these differences so that you and your family can learn about wildlife and support them in the appropriate ways. Colorado is lucky to be a haven for wild animals like bear, mountain lion, Fox Squirrel,…

If you’ve ever rescued an animal to bring to Greenwood, you know how stressful it can be to worry about another life. As animal lovers, we want to do everything we can to minimize suffering and ultimately save the animal. The staff, interns, and volunteers at Greenwood deal with these high-stake situations daily and sometimes are forced to make difficult decisions as a result. Those in caregiver positions, like that of a wildlife rehabilitator, can sometimes experience a condition known as compassion fatigue. Caring for many patients, some…

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Please DO NOT FEED baby squirrels. Many of the squirrels we’ve gotten recently have been fed by misinformed members of the public. This can eventually kill the baby. It’s heartbreaking for both the unknowing rescuer who fed the squirrel and for our Animal Care team. We all want to help these animals, but feeding them based on instructions or recipes you find online will only CAUSE HARM. At our rehabilitation center, they are fed by experienced staff and volunteers who have gone through many hours of training. They…

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When Greenwood gets a murder (group of Crows) it starts to feel like Halloween at the center. This isn’t because Crows are spooky, rather, our staff dons some odd additions to their typical uniforms. Masks that imitate the bird are worn when animal care staff are feeding and cleaning to prevent habituation to humans while they are in their formative stages of development. They are adorned with shiny black beaks and iridescent feathers. Sometimes you might hear a light “CAWW” from underneath their mask. Imprinting is an important…