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About

The Center

Mission Statement:

We support and advocate for wildlife through:
 Rehabilitation
Education
Community outreach and
Partnerships
in order to promote sustainable and healthy eco-systems in Napa County for the present and future generations

History

Napa Wildlife Rescue was founded in 1991 as a nonprofit corporation
under the direction of local veterinarian Shirley Harmon. Napa Wildlife Rescue is licensed through the California
 Department of Fish and Wildlife to possess and provide temporary care for sick, orphaned, or injured 
California wildlife pursuant to Section 679, Title 14, Code of Regulations (CCR). Additionally, we are permitted through the US Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Division to rehabilitate migratory birds.

About Napa Wildlife Rescue

Napa Wildlife Rescue is the licensed organization in Napa County permitted to rehabilitate, then release healthy wild animals back into their native habitat. We provide a unique and valuable service to the Napa community.
The presence of healthy wildlife is a barometer of healthy ecosystems and habitats. Birds of prey such as hawk, falcons, and owls are a key factor to the continued health of the viticulture Napa is known for worldwide. Raptors are a natural deterrent to the over-population of rodents that can cause untold damage to crops/root stock/vines.

At this time, Napa County is the only North Bay county that does not have a physical wildlife rescue and rehabilitation facility. We are exploring exciting opportunities to establish a permanent wildlife center in Napa County! Having a wildlife  center in Napa County will address the rehabilitative needs of a variety of wild birds and mammals, as well as offer educational opportunities for Napa residents and visitors alike. It will expand the resources we offer the community.

Our home-based Satellite Care Centers currently intake and care for over 500 mammals and raptors throughout the year. Mammal species we work with include squirrel, opossum, jackrabbit, raccoon, fawn, fox, mice, skunk, bat and pocket gopher. Raptors include merlin, kestrel, red tail hawk, red shouldered hawk, kite, northern pygmy owl, great horned owl, barn owl, burrowing owl, and turkey vulture. Throughout the year, hundreds of  these birds and mammals  are returned to the wild following the specialized care of Napa Wildlife Rescue volunteer rehabilitators. At this time Napa Wildlife Rescue does not rehabilitate water birds, but instead sends them to a specialized facility in our area.

The Songbird Clinic (SBC) is Napa Wildlife Rescue’s program dedicated to the rehabilitation of songbirds. It operates during the spring and summer months. In 2014, the SBC handled over 500 songbirds of many different species, from hatchlings to nestlings, to fledglings, to adults. Over 100 volunteers are needed to operate the clinic, 14 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please contact the Wildlife Administrator at wildlifeadmin@napawildliferescue.org to volunteer for a 3-hour shift at the SBC.

Updates will be posted on the News & Events page.

We invite you to join us in helping our precious wildlife.
For more information on becoming a volunteer, please call
(707) 685-5411 or email the Wildlife Administrator at wildlifeadmin@napawildliferescue.org

Volunteering

We always welcome people interested in volunteering with Wildlife Rescue Center of Napa County. Volunteers work in all areas of our organization, including animal care, rescue, transport, fund raising, grant writing and construction projects.

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Donations

Donations help with purchasing medications and equipment for rehabilitation. Your support contributes to promoting public awareness and appreciation through media and community outreach, and so much more. Thank you for your support.

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What We Do:

raccoon juvenileNapa Wildlife Rescue rehabilitates several wildlife species within Napa County. Some of the most frequently rescued, rehabilitated and released animals include songbirds woodpeckers, quail, dove, crows, ravens,  pheasant, wild turkey, owls, eagles, hawks, falcons, vultures and waterfowl.  We also rescue, rehabilitate and release mammals including squirrels, jackrabbits, fawn and deer, raccoons, opossums, foxes, and bats.  On occasion the center also receives coyotes, and bobcats.  The rehabilitation process starts when members of the public bring  orphaned, kidnapped, ill, injured, or distressed wildlife to the  Silverado Veterinary Hospital, which is currently our intake center.  Trained Napa Wildlife Rescue volunteers check the hospital for animals (three times a day in high season and once a day in low season) and animals are transported to the appropriate species rehabilitator.  All rehabilitators have advanced certified training.  Healthy animals are released back into their native habitats in accordance with strict species-specific release protocol. Napa Wildlife Rescue works closely with animal agencies, county and state park systems, and law enforcement agencies such as the Department of Fish and Game in Napa County, and the greater bay area.  We also network with other rehabilitation centers exchanging information pertaining to wildlife care.  Our organization is dedicated and committed to the animals in our community by continually expanding our education to improve the care given.

Board of Directors:


John Comisky – President


Carol Poole Vice President


Debra Brown – Treasurer


Linda Howard – Secretary


Jim Brandt – Board Member


Dr. Jeff Northrup – Board Member


Phyllis Hunt – Board Member


Napa Wildlife Rescue is the only licensed organization in Napa County permitted to rehabilitate, then release healthy wild animals back to their native habitat. We provide a unique and valuable service to the Napa community.

The presence of healthy wildlife is a barometer of healthy ecosystems and habitats. Birds of prey such as hawk, falcons, and owls are a key factor to the continued health of the viticulture Napa is known for worldwide. Raptors are a natural deterrent to the over-population of rodents that can cause untold damage to crops/root stock/vines. Raptors are valuable assets to the agricultural community.

At this time, Napa County is the only North Bay county that does not have a physical wildlife rescue and rehabilitation facility.

Nest of newborn finches.

We are exploring exciting opportunities surrounding establishing a permanent wildlife center in Napa County! Having a wildlife  center in Napa County will address the rehabilitative needs of a variety of wild birds and mammals, as well as offer educational opportunities for Napa residents and visitors alike.

Our Satellite Care Centers currently intake and care for over 500 mammals and raptors throughout the year. Mammal species we work with include squirrel, opossum, jackrabbit, raccoon, fawn, fox, mice, skunk, bat and pocket gopher. Raptors include merlin, kestrel, red tail hawk, red shouldered hawk, kite, northern pygmy owl, great horned owl, barn owl, burrowing owl, and turkey vulture. Throughout the year, hundreds of  these birds and mammals  are returned to the wild following the specialized care of WRCNC volunteer rehabilitators. At this time WRCNC does not rehabilitate water birds, but sends them to a specialized facility in our area.

Virginia Opossum are fascinating—they are the only marsupial (pouched) animals in North America.

Virginia Opossum are fascinating—they are the only marsupial (pouched) animals in North America.

The Songbird Clinic (SBC) is Napa Wildlife Rescue’s program dedicated to the rehabilitation of songbirds. It is operational during the spring and summer months. In 2014, the SBC handled over 500 songbirds of many different species, from hatchlings to nestlings, to fledglings, to adults. Over 100 volunteers are needed to operate the clinic, 14 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please contact the Wildlife Administrator at wildlifeadmin@napawildliferescue.org to sign up for this important work.

Updates will be posted on the News & Events page.

We invite you to join us in helping make the center a reality.
For more information on becoming a volunteer, please call
(707) 685-5411 or email the Wildlife Administrator at wildlifeadmin@napawildliferescue.org