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May 11, 2004 > Wild Times by the Bay

Wild Times by the Bay

The circus is coming! OHS Wildlife Rehabilitation Benefit

by Connie Nelson - OHS Wildlife Director

Circus Chimera is America's finest circus spectacular, and they will be appearing in Fremont at Kennedy High School, sponsored by OHS, starting on Friday, July 23 and continuing through Sunday, July 25. In a sparkling custom-built Italian Big Top tent set-up in the field at Blacow & Stevenson, Circus Chimera will present a magical blend of circus, theatre and fantasy with no animals used in any performance.

A portion of the ticket and parking proceeds will be donated to our wildlife rehabilitation center. There will be advertising opportunities for local businesses, which will also benefit our wildlife center. Extensive renovations were required at the Center this past winter due to damage from predators. The proceeds from this wonderful circus will go towards the cost of those repairs.

Please mark your calendars and look for more details as we approach opening day.

It's that time again! Baby Bird Season! What do you do when you find baby birds bouncing around your front yard? If they are feathered, do nothing! Leave them alone! The parents are nearby and teaching the little ones what they need to know to survive. They are watching their parents find food and learning when they need to quietly hide in trees and bushes. They look very vulnerable at this stage and it is very difficult to not try to help them, but they need this time to learn to be birds.

Outdoor cats are a real problem during this stage. You may need to keep your cats inside for at least a couple days to allow the birds to survive until they fly. If someone else's cats are in your yard, you may hide the birds in a nearby bush and scare the cats out of your yard.

If you have any questions regarding baby birds or any animals in your yard, please call us at 510-797-9449. We are there from 9 - 6 every day and are happy to answer any questions. Don't forget - call us first. Please do not feed any wild creature before talking to us - you may do more harm and make it harder for us to keep the animal alive once we receive it.

Burrowing Owls! As many of you know, burrowing owls are slowly decreasing in numbers in our area. Every one is critical. Last week, with the help of Officer Duane Maxfield of Fremont Animal Services, we received a burrowing owl from the South Fremont area. He had a severe concussion - one eye closed, couldn't stand, head tilted, very weak and very sad. He progressed to both eyes open - less of a head tilt - standing - to eating on his own and now he is in the aviary at our center doing very well and ready for release. Thank you to Duane for getting him to us as quickly as he did!

Our open house and grand reopening party was held on March 28. It was a howling success.... lots of visitors and everyone brought something from our wish list. We had cash donations and gift certificates. We also had returning volunteers stationed throughout the center answering questions. Everyone was so proud of our newly renovated and incredibly clean and organized center.

I've been a realtor for five years and I am with Realty World Neighbors in Hayward. As a fundraiser for our wildlife center, I always donate 10 % of my earnings. My last home sale enabled us to purchase a wonderful microscope. Our animals carry around various parasites without problem in the wild. The stress of their injuries and being forced to live with us humans, even for a short time, can cause these parasites to multiply and affect the health of their hosts. With a microscope we can now find these little parasites and treat them. One of the wonderful vet techs at Dr. Freeman's office, Stephanie Rose, was kind enough to hold a training class for those of us interested in learning how to do this. Thank you Stephanie!

Every rehabilitation center is required by the permits from California Dept. of Fish & Game and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to operate under veterinarian support. Our veterinarian is All About Pets in Union City. Dr. Freeman and his wonderful staff have "been there" for our wildlife without hesitation every time they have been needed. They are very professional and knowledgeable and care! Thank you to All About Pets!

Remember to put our Circus Chimera on your calendars - see you there!

Please check my web site at http://ConnieNelson.Realtor.Com

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