Follow link above to see and hear the interview!
Interview with Judd Howell, WRNC Board President on Napa TV channel 28 on the show “On the Edge” with Doris Gentry
The Jessel Gallery is having a one-person show of the oil paintings of talented artist Deirdre Shibano
Ms. Shibano is well known for her plein-air landscapes of local sites.
10% of the sales from her show, which runs through the month of May.
Saturday, May 4th, 5 – 7pm.
Jessel Gallery, 1019 Atlas Peak Road, Napa
Come have a glass of wine and enjoy the art – and please spread the word!
Thank you Oakville Pump Service!
For their donation of time materials and labor in repairs and upgrades to our water pump at out song bird clinic!
UPDATE: 4:20 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2013.
posted on Napa Valley Patch. To see original article with images, visit Napa Valley Patch.
A Greylag goose wounded by an arrow accidentally shot by a 14-year-old Napa boy is recovering and may be returning to its habitat soon, rescue officials said.
“The goose is doing well and has ‘graduated’ to a water-based aviary in preparation for his/her placement/return to Napa Wildlife,” said Michelle Bellizzi of the International Bird Rescue center in Fairfield.
ORIGINAL STORY: 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2013.
A 14-year-old Napa boy who admitted he accidentally shot a Greylag goose in the neck with a rubber-tipped arrow last month will be placed in a youth diversion program, rather than the juvenile court system, Napa County authorities said Wednesday.
“The case was discussed with a prosecutor from the Napa County District Attorney’s Office, and it was agreed that (it) should be handled by the Napa Police Department’s Youth Services Bureau, instead of court,” said Napa County Sheriff’s Capt. Tracey Stuart.
“We also discussed this with the Wildlife Rescue Center of Napa County and they agreed that diversion to the Youth Services Bureau was the best resolution to this incident,” Stuart said. “It is likely that the young man will be devoting many hours to community service, helping and learning about animals.”
According to Stuart, the wounded goose was first discovered on March 27 when Napa County Animal Services received information that the Wildlife Rescue Center of Napa County was trying to catch a wounded Greylag goose on the Napa River.
The goose had an arrow in its neck, she said.
On March 28, the Wildlife Rescue Center was able to capture the goose and it was taken to International Bird Rescue Center in Cordelia.
“The goose is recovering and the arrow was turned over to Animal Services,” Stuart said.
On April 4, the incident made the news in published reports. A $5,000 reward for information on who shot the bird was offered by the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust.
The next day, Stuart said, Animal Services received a call from a family who had read the story and believed that their 14-year-old son was responsible for the injured goose.
On April 7, Animal Services Sgt. Ortiz interviewed the 14-year-old boy, Stuart said.
“The boy said that he had been at a home along the Napa River that had a lot of geese in the yard,” she said.
“He had a bow and arrow with him and he meant to shoot a rubber-tipped practice arrow into the ground near the geese to shoo them away,” she added. “Instead, the arrow struck one of the geese in the neck.”
Stuart said the boy told Ortiz that he tried to catch the goose, but it got away.
“The young man was visibly upset, very remorseful about hurting the goose and has no history of similar behavior,” Stuart said.
Officials at the International Bird Rescue in Cordelia were not immediately available Wednesday to comment on the condition of the goose.
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Please read about the successful recovery of a Napa goose who was injured with an arrow shot into its neck, and the great team work that helped this bird recover!
In the Napa Valley Register, Found with arrow in its neck, wounded goose survives…
Songbird Clinic Help Wanted
By Angela Cistone Zierenberg
Spring is quickly approaching and the Wildlife Rescue Center of Napa County (WRCNC) is gearing up for a busy baby season. Every year hundreds of injured and orphaned passerines, otherwise known as perching birds, or songbirds, come into the Center’s care needing food, warmth, shelter, protection and sometimes medical treatment. The process begins when someone in the Napa community finds an orphaned bird and takes it to the Silverado Veterinary Hospital, which is the intake center for the WRCNC. From there, the patient is transported to the seasonal Songbird Clinic, and examined, stabilized and evaluated by trained medical staff on site.
The Songbird Clinic houses hatchlings, nestlings, fledglings, juveniles, and adults while preparing all of them for release back into the wild. When a bird is admitted into the Clinic, it is placed in age and species appropriate housing, and is monitored and cared for from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. 7 days a week. Dedicated volunteers work tirelessly caring for, and feeding the songbirds from April through September, until the last bird of the season is released. Songbirds like robins, towhees, mockingbirds, sparrows, finches, swallows, and orioles are just a few of the different species that end up at the Clinic.
By giving these songbirds a second chance and releasing them back into the Valley, the Wildlife Rescue Center is providing the Napa community with a great service. It takes over one hundred volunteers to staff the Songbird Clinic each year, and the Center needs your help. Please consider joining our team for a 3.5 hour shift once a week at the Clinic, and help rehabilitate and release Napa Valley’s songbirds. If you are interested in this very rewarding opportunity, please attend one of the following training dates listed below, or call (707) 224-4295 (HAWK). The Wildlife Rescue Center of Napa County is a nonprofit organization, and survives on donations from our generous community. For more information, visit our web site www.napawildliferescue.org
Songbird Clinic Training dates
Saturday, March 30th 10:30am-1pm
Napa Library, 580 Coombs St.
Sunday, April 14th, 12 noon-2:30pm
Yountville Vet’s Home
TIPS FOR BIRD FRIENDLY LIVING
• PLAN TREE TRIMMING IN SEPTEMBER THROUGH DECEMBER TO AVOID DISRUPTING NESTS. Thousands of birds are displaced or killed every spring by landscape professionals who accidentally destroy nests by pruning trees during the nesting season. If you must prune, the most important thing you can do to protect wildlife, is to look before you cut.
• PREVENT WINDOW STRIKES. Millions of birds die each year as a result of hitting windows. Birds often hit windows because they see the reflections of trees, bushes, or sky, and do not see the glass. Break up the reflection by adding bird tape to windows, and let your windows remain dirty so they are not reflective.
• KEEP CATS INDOORS. Even well fed cats hunt and kill wild birds. Most young birds leave the nest before they are able to fly well, and are frequently caught by cats. Many of the birds caught by cats, but not killed outright, die from their injuries, or infection.
• PROVIDE BIRDS WITH FRESH FOOD AND FRESH WATER. Clean your feeders regularly to prevent mold and disease. Birds love water, and a birdbath can often attract species that wouldn’t visit otherwise. Cleanliness is key; change the water every other day to keep it fresh, and prevent mosquitos from breeding.
• REDUCE YOUR USE OF PESTICIDES. Not only can pesticides be toxic to birds, but they also kill insects that birds eat. Pull your weeds instead of spraying them. If you must use pesticides, look for bio pesticide alternatives.
Only a week left friends of Wildlife Rescue Center of Napa County! If you haven’t already, there’s still time to make a donation to our Annual Campaign. March 16th is the last day of accepting donations towards this campaign! We are closing in on our goal. Won’t you consider making a small contribution (or big if your heart and pocket book is so generous)?
To make a contribution:
Visit http://napawildliferescue.org/, click on the Donate tab, where an electronic donation can be made via PayPal. Or mail a check to us at P.O.Box 2571, Napa, CA. 94558.
Learn about our WRNCN and what we do and our plans for the future.
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013
at the Napa County Library
580 Coombs St., Napa
Learn about our Songbird Clinic & sign up to volunteer!
Saturday, Mar. 30, 2013
at the Napa County Library
580 Coombs St., Napa
Sunday, Apr. 14, 2013
Yountville Veteran’s Home
Member’s Services Building
2nd floor – Lee Lounge
Call Corinne Gray (707) 252-4506 if you’d like to know more info on becoming a volunteer for Wildlife Rescue Center of Napa County!