Archive for June, 2011

Meet E.R.Katt

Another critter needs my help!

The adorable E.R.Katt is the creation of one of our volunteers.  I bet you did not realize how talented we really are!  E.R. has appeared in the previous issues of the Bird Tracks newsletter, offering sage advice on how to help orphaned and injured wildlife.  I thought it might be time to bring back E.R. and invite him to submit his wisdom to some of our future blogs.  So watch for E.R. articles and if you find an injured critter…rush to our website and hit the PANIC button for more help.  www.eastvalleywildlife.org

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T-shirt models

T-shirt models

Returning to my archived articles and photos I came upon one of our T-shirt models, none other than Nancy and Darlene.  The T-shirts were a big success and helped to identify staff when they worked or attended special events.  Throughout the year EVW is asked to participate in wildlife events, like the Feathered Friends Festival which is held annually.  The shows help to educate the public about the work of many organizations throughout the valley.  Organizations like East Valley Wildlife that work with sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife.  East Valley Wildlife is uniqe, since it is an all-volunteer organization.  There is no central facility, rather it is a network of dedicated people who work with specific species of wildlife, including small mammals and native bird species. East Valley Wildlife is a registered not for profit organization and no one in the organization is paid.  The work depends on donations and our annual fund raisers for financing. Go to our website at www.eastvalleywildlife.org to find out more about our work, browse the photo gallery and stories and possibly be enticed to volunteer some time to our group!  There are many opportunities to either learn about rescue and rehab work or help with the transport of injured animals.

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Tortoise Luau

welcome to the luau!

Greetings to all.  The end of baby bird season is in sight, but our volunteers cannot relax yet.  The hot summer daze here in the valley takes its toll on wildlife.  But one of our volunteers had the solution for offering her tortoises a resort-like environment and giving them a luau!  Here are some pics of her tortoises enjoying the good life. 

Love my umbrella!

Remember that tortoises, like all wildlife species, require very specific environment, living conditions, and specialized diet to remain healthy.  They cannot live on lettuce!!! Tortoises also need to hibernate over the winter and preparation for this process needs someone who is familiar with their habits and needs.  Before you think of adopting a desert tortoise, contact a wildlife expert to find out more about the species.  And remember, captive tortoises should never be returned to the wild.

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