SNN (ScrollingNetworkNews) ✿ ✿ Our Mel and Sydney returned to their nesting box with plenty of bonding occurring..but after 2.5 months of Sydney in the box from Dec 2013 to mid Feb 2014, the lack of prey gifts from Mel ( perhaps due to the severe and historic drought underway in California)and they have forgone the nesting process this year as many other raptors ✿ Compared to other owls of similar size, the Barn Owl has a much higher metabolic rate, requiring relatively more food. Pound for pound, Barn Owls consume more rodents – often regarded as pests by humans – than possibly any other creature. ✿ We remind viewers that sometimes owlets may not survive - the parents will dispose of things in "The Owl Way" -viewer discretion is advised, this is nature and the "Owl way". ✿ ~ ✿ “Animals, like us, are living souls. They are not things. They are not objects. Neither are they human. Yet they mourn. They love. They dance. They suffer. They know the peaks and chasms of being.” ― Gary Kowalski, The Souls of Animals ✿ Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius." ~ E.O. Wilson

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Freddy The Possum released

Driving home from the ER around midnight, Casey Schmidt saw a critter in the center lane of the road. Casey was so close to hitting him that he couldn't help but have to stop and move whatever it was out of the way.

As he approached him by foot, he could see that he was sitting up, mouth dangling open with blood dripping from his jaw. As he got closer all the while stopping traffic, the little guy slowly turned his head and looked at him as if saying I don't know what to do here. So he snatched him up quickly and loaded him into the passenger seat destined for the soon to be garage possum Emergency Room.

Casey would like to thank the volunteers and financial contributors to Northwest Wildlife Center for their commitment to protecting our fellow life on Earth. Please see their website for details on how to

Opossums are usually solitary and nomadic, staying in one area as long as food and water are easily available. As nocturnal animals, they favor dark, secure areas, but these areas may be either above or below ground.

Northwest Wildlife Rehabilitation -
Tucked near the woods on the Nooksack River in the small Western Washington town of Deming, the Northwest Wildlife Rehabilitation receives and treats hundreds of native wild animals every year. Run entirely by donation, the center operates under lead rehabilitator and lone staffer Stacy Wise. With a team of seasonal interns and volunteers year round, Wise and the people who dedicate their time and lives to the center help save the lives of native wildlife that have been injured, abandoned, are sick, or disoriented. These images are the culmination of several months spent in and around the center, on releases for success stories of animal patients brought in, even some of whom were raised by Wise and the volunteers and interns, to be released as thriving adults.