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Donate and benefit from tax write-offs! 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 over 4,400 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 Center, make sure to ask for a written receipt. Donate a portion of your Individual Retirement Account If you are age 70 or…

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? 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 6, 2022. Every online donation made on coloradogives.org during the giving period from November 1st to December 6th is boosted by the incentive fund. For example, if a nonprofit organization receives 10 percent of the total donations made up to Colorado Gives Day, that same nonprofit receives 10 percent of the $1 Million Incentive Fund….

As the colder weather approaches, birds of all shapes and sizes have to start adapting to the drop in temperature. Extra winter feathers, shivering, and roosting, among other adaptions, are just a few of the ways they are able to keep cozy throughout the winter months. Extra feathers In preparation for winter, many birds grow extra feathers as part of a late fall molt. 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,…

Decorations on the exterior of homes are potential hazards for wildlife. Entanglement is a common occurrence during the holidays due to these unnatural additions. Wildlife often need help from licensed rehabilitation centers to be cared for and released back into the wild. Let’s ensure this Halloween isn’t a scary one for wildlife. Below are seven examples of ways to prevent wildlife from becoming harmed on this spooky holiday: Fake spider webbing can entangle wildlife. To avoid causing unnecessary injuries, please do not use these types of fibers. Inform…

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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!

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As soon as you find a baby wild animal, it is very important that you do your best to reunite it with its family before taking it to the nearest licensed rehabilitator. Many baby animals who are found alone typically have parents in the area who are afraid of coming in contact with humans or out foraging for food. There are different protocols you should follow, depending on the type of critter you find and whether it’s injured or not. For specific instructions, call our center at 303-823-8455…

Sticky traps are one of the cruelest methods of pest control. These devices consist of a cardboard or plastic base and a strong, adhesive top layer. They are usually used to exterminate bugs and rodents. Unfortunately, many non-invasive animals get caught in these traps such as reptiles, squirrels, and even birds. The sticky adhesive is non-toxic, so the animal that becomes stuck can be there for days until it eventually dies. Once an animal is stuck, it’s nearly impossible for them to get free on their own. Feathers,…