Jul 072010
Feeding a baby squirrel at the California Wildlife Center

After looking at more depressing images of the ecological disaster in the gulf, I’ve been feeling like I need to get on the next plane to the southeast coast and start scrubbing away at oiled seabirds or patrolling “burn boxes” to rescue mired sea turtles from death by fire.  Yeah, it’s not a great feeling!

California pelicans need help too

I did some research into volunteering in the gulf, but unless you already live there, have special wildlife-related skills, or are a BP contractor, there are no volunteer jobs available.  But if, like me, you want to do some good, check out the California Wildlife Center in Malibu, California.  I volunteered there in 2007.  It’s mission is to rehabilitate sick and injured native wildlife for release back into the wild.  To volunteer, you need to attend a training session and commit to volunteering at least 16 hours a month.  The work ranges from preparing opossum lunches and washing dishes to hand feeding adorable baby squirrels!  You never know what animals will need care during your shift.  It’s a fantastic volunteer experience, and those squirrels are sooo cute!

Baby bobcat – the Center minimizes human contact with the wild animals to prevent habituation to humans.  This was a rare opportunity to catch a glimpse of the baby bobcat during an enclosure cleaning.

Feeding the smallest patients: a baby hummingbird

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