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Werc

  • Colleen Grzan and Amy Yee
  • The Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center rehabilitates native wildlife. It is supported solely by donations from businesses and the public. To contact WERC, call (408) 779-9372, email werc@werc-ca.org or visit www.werc-ca.org.

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Wildlife Notebook: Drought hurts tern population
Posted: June 18, 2015

Water, water everywhere … if you’re flying over the ocean. But if you’re a water bird migrating over or a resident of central and southern California, where do you get a drop to drink? Our ponds, lakes and reservoirs are drying up, with a resulting loss of food and habitat for wildlife. Common terns, for example, forage mostly by gliding over water, hovering and plunging to catch small fish along rivers, lakes and oceans and foraging for mollusks and crustaceans along shores. California’s extreme drought has not only caused a dearth of their prey but has forced them and other wild critters to travel greater distances in quest of food and water.

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Don’t call them seagulls
Posted: May 28, 2015

A resident in a north Morgan Hill neighborhood glanced into her backyard and discovered a California gull running around in circles and thought that maybe it was injured or sick. So the kind lady captured the bird and quickly brought it to the Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center. WERC staff could find no obvious injuries and the bird acted very alert and feisty. It was transferred to a flight enclosure with a small swimming pool. And then it became immediately apparent that the gull was actually just a big baby, although adult-sized and fully feathered and “thisclose” to flying.

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Our Local World Dispatch: Wind energy causes concern
Updated: May 08, 2015 - 11:01 am

It is always distressing when one good environmental cause gets pitted against another good environmental cause, but that is what is happening with the debate over wind farms. The state of California requires that one-third of all energy produced in the state come from renewable sources. Wind turbines, such as the ones at Altamont Pass, have long been seen as an ideal way to obtain energy in a way that does not harm the environment, contribute to global warming or threaten public safety. The Altamont Pass turbines generate enough electricity to power 100,000 homes.

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Glue traps catch more than just intended pests
Posted: March 08, 2015

Let’s pretend you are a bird, perhaps a robin.

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Outdoor felines impact wildlife
Posted: February 20, 2015

Lions and tigers and kitty cats…oh my! I’m not embarrassed to call myself a wild and crazy cat lady. At the Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center, I’m crazy enough to dress up like a bobcat. I’ve transformed myself to become a feline “mommy”—suiting up in a full-body costume, deodorized with bobcat urine and placing a big, furry bobcat mask on my head. This technique was developed to make us as unlike a human as humanly possible and helps ensure that the bobcat kittens don’t become habituated to their human caretakers but will remain wild and wary of people when they’re released back to their native habitats.

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Apex predators serve important role in ecosystem
Updated: February 05, 2015 - 12:20 pm

There has been a lot of discussion lately about the critical role apex predators play in the ecosystem. An apex predator is one at the top of the food chain, or one who “as an adult, has no natural predator within its ecosystem.” In Santa Clara County, apex predators would include mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, hawks, falcons and large owls.

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