How close is too close when it comes to wildlife? Have you ever come across wildlife and felt the need to get a closer look? Getting too close to an animal is extremely dangerous and can potentially lead to serious injuries. It’s important to keep wildlife wild, and observe from a distance. Below are some guidelines to follow in order to keep you, other people, and wildlife safe. Rule of “thumb” A good rule of “thumb” is to hold your arm straight and your thumb up when 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.

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Donate and benefit from tax write-offs in 2021! Below are a few deductions you can take advantage of when you give. Donate and benefit from tax write-offs in 2021! Below are a few deductions you can take advantage of when you give. Contributions benefit the thousands of wild patients we care for each year at Greenwood. This year, that was nearly 4,000 animals! Make a monetary donation If you donate via our website, a receipt will be emailed to you. If you make a cash donation at the…

There are a few key differences to point out when comparing torpor and hibernation: Hibernating isn’t the same as sleeping Bears aren’t the only ones who hibernate Animals are not always still during hibernation Both hibernation and torpor can last for different time periods One is voluntary and the other is not Due to mammals’ high metabolic rate, they must maintain their body temperature. Smaller animals have a higher risk since they have a larger surface area to volume ratio. They lose heat rapidly so the best solution…

What is Colorado Gives Day? Colorado Gives Day unites all Coloradans in a common goal to strengthen the state’s nonprofits by giving to their favorite charities online. Coloradans are encouraged to join the statewide Colorado Gives Day movement by supporting their favorite causes online through ColoradoGives.org. Give Where You Live on Colorado Gives Day, December 7, 2021. What is the $1 Million Incentive Fund? Every donation made through ColoradoGives.org on Colorado Gives Day is boosted by the incentive fund. For example, if a nonprofit organization receives 10 percent…

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…

Shake up this satisfying wildlife-themed adult beverage with us during Wild Night’s Happy Hour. You’ll need: 1.5 ounces of vodka or gin 1 ounce of elderflower liqueur 1/2 lime (fresh squeezed) 2 sprigs of mint pure pressed applejuice to top off Instructions: In a shaker, add all the ingredients and a cup of ice. Shake vigorously for 1-2 minutes. Strain into a martini or highball glass and enjoy!