Big Blog Changes Coming

Have spent some of the hot summer days reading about other blog sites.  After much self education, this blog is taking a new direction.  Along with relevant blogs we are including a list of categories that a reader can access for more information about common wildlife questions.  Think of it as a “seminar” in wildlife.  Well, perhaps that is too expansive a phrase, but the individual categories do include lots of helpful hints about topics that are near and dear to rescue and rehab workers.  Such nifty titles as Dove Rescue 101,  Waterfowl Forum and Crash Course in Bunnies will be included.  New postings will have more advice about wildlife identification, stories and yes…education to help us achieve our mission…the rescue and rehab of animals.  Stay tuned.  Our first “seminar” will be about Doves.

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A Call For Volunteers- Adopt A Duck!!

East Valley Wildlife was founded in 1989 with a small group of volunteers who decided to make a difference in the lives of our native bird species.  We rescued doves, sparrows, song birds and yes….even pigeons.  Our volunteers rehabilitated the orphaned and the injured and released those ready for freedom.  In the process we evolved into a large network of volunteers, spread throughout the East Valley area of Arizona.  Nancy, our Founder and Director, started a special “team” of waterfowl volunteers and those kind individuals have attempted to rescue domesticated waterfowl who have been abused and abandoned on the canals of our area.  Domesticated ducks do not usually survive amongst native waterfowl since they lack the necessary skills  to feed themselves.  These domestic ducks fall victim to both human and animal predators.  We are seeking more volunteers who can raise abandoned ducklings, ducks and other waterfowl.  People with “horse property” are desirable since their properties can provide the space needed.  Also, there are no homeowner association restrictions that might prevent adoption of ducks or geese.  So, if you know of someone who would be willing to take adopt a duck, please check out our website  www.eastvalleywildlife.org to learn more about our volunteer program, education and contact us to Adopt A Duck! 

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East Valley Wildlife now on LinkedIn

It’s been the early beginning of a long, hot summer here in Arizona.  We have already experienced tragedies in the form of recent wildfires, along with temperatures soaring over 100 degrees (early in the season for such heat).  But we are a sturdy group and the work of wildlife rescue, rehab and release carries on.  If you are reading this blog, please remember to provide some relief to our native birds.  A backyard bird fountain provides a source of water in these hot months.  Just remember to Please…keep that fountain clean, since dirty water can act as a source of disease to those birds you are trying to help.  Locate the bird bath in a shaded area, if possible and in an area that is protected from stray cats.  East Valley Wildlife is now on LinkedIn, so anyone can join in with a pertinent discussion.  I will be moderating the group…called  East Valley Wildlife…catchy name.  You will know us by our logo.  Please join in on the new LinkedIn site and start a discussion on a topic that might help all of our volunteers.

our "critter" logo

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Easter Basket Fund Raising Event – GET STUFFED!

Our thanks to the wonderful people of Epiphany Church for letting us sell our Easter Baskets at their church again this year. Special thanks to church member Karen for organizing/helping us.  The Easter Basket Bonanza (as well call it)  is not only an important fund raising event for East Valley Wildlife, but also it helps the church’s Children’s Crisis Center.  The congregation buys baskets for the Crisis Center children and EVW donates baskets as well to the Center.  Definitely a win-win situation!  One of the reasons for the baskets also is to encourage people to GET STUFFED….that is to buy stuffed toys/animlas for children as Easter gifts…not real baby ducklings and chicks.  Yes, we know those little live  bundles of fluff are irresistable, but remember they grow rapidly and are NOT low maintenance.  Ducklings needs lots of proper care to survive and can be quite messy for such a small bird! If they survive to adulthood they need plenty of space to roam and forage..they will not thrive if kept in a cage.  If you are tempted to “give the bird its freedom” onto a local lake or pond – they will not survive.  Those tame birds are destined for a horrid death through starvation (they do not have the necessary skills to forage for themselves and are bullied by wild ducks) and often fall prey to animal (or human) predators.  So think twice about buying a live animal for Easter and GET STUFFED!!!

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Ostrich Festival in ChandlerArizona

For family fun you can’t beat the 25th annual Ostrich Festival in Chandler, Arizona.  Today, Sunday, is the final day, but the events go on into the evening.  There are, of course, ostrich races; also trick riding and roping; dog antics; rides; a petting zoo and a carnival-like atmosphere with great food.  Look up Ostrich Festival Chandler using your search engine to get more details.  This is the 25th hear for this popular event in Chandler!  I am blogging about it because Lisa’s Creatures are due to be one of the attractions at the festival again this year.  Check out the East alley Wildlife website   www.eastvalleywildlife.org for Lisa’s Creatures Facebook page to see her exotic animals.  See you at the Ostrich Festival!

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Hawk Visits Condo

On a recent visit I made to my niece’s condo in Colorado, I was delighted to see a rare visit from a hawk.  My niece’s condo is on the eleventh floor of a large hi-rise condominium building in Denver.  The hawk seemed unfazed that he was only two feet from the terrace door window! The bird has been an “irregular” visit to the condo for months.  The railing perch gives him an uninterrupted view of the large park across the street from the building.  Likely the hawk finds that perch a perfect location to do his hunting.  My niece is hoping that he does not find a mate and build a more permanent nest on her terrace. 

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Board Meeting and Facebook

The recent Board Meeting of East Valley Wildlife was a success in many ways.  First, we had the best attendance ever, with twelve participants, each sharing valuable ideas and information.  Secondly, the meeting kicked off the inception of our Facebook page, which will be hosted by our Director Nancy.  So now we are able to say…”visit us on Facebook”…for articles, photos, and stories.

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EVW Board Meeting Scheduled

East Valley Wildlife is a registered not for profit with a Board of Directors. Board  meetings are held during the year to deal with the weighty issues of running an all- volunteer animal rescue and rehabilitation group.  The next  Board Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 17 at the home of the Director of EVW.

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Be a Philanthropist For Free!

There is nothing like the great feeling of being a philanthropist, giving oodles of cash the charity of your choosing.  If I ever hit the lottery I have a short list of my own fav charities!  But now you can get that good feeling simply by clicking a button….and it will not cost you anything.  The animalrescuesite.com is a website that offers some wonderful stories about rescued animals of all kinds…dogs, cats, bunnies, birds and even more exotic domesticated species.  By clicking the big blue button on the website (to tell the advertisers that you have visited the site)  a donation is made to the site (shown as a portion of a bowl of animal food).  The site presumably gets its revenue from its advertisers…of which there are many.  It is also a wonderful place to click and to buy some neat “animal” related items, everything from T-shirts with cute logos, fluffy slippers, jewelry, household items…actually the list is endless.  I like to do my holiday shopping from the website.  There are often great special deals along with free gifts and sometimes free shipping.  So check it out the next time you you are online….like NOW…and feel good that each click sends a bowl of food to a needy animal. Go to  www.animalrescuesite.com to find out more.

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Another Grant Opportunity!!

Just when I had written that grant awards for non profit animal rescue groups were few and far between, lo and behold into my email box drops another grant award opportunity.  This time it is an organization called “Maddie’s Fund” which is offering grant money (in unspecified amounts) to animal welfare organizations.  You can visit their website to learn more about Maddie’s Fund, but in brief it is a foundation to help and promote “no kill shelters”.  The grant awards are for medical equipment for dog and cat shelters.  Since East Valley Wildlife is niether a dog nor a cat rescue shelter, we would not be eligible to apply, but perhaps some of our readers can pass this information on.

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