Environment/Wildlife

Tracking Hummingbird Interactions at Urban Feeders

December 12, 2018
Wildlife veterinarians at the Hummingbird Health and Conservation Program in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine recently published a study describing a new system to track hummingbirds visiting feeders in urban gardens. Feeder behavior offers clues about hummingbird health, and disease transmission.

Visit California Raptor Center's Open House, Oct 20th

October 10, 2018

If you give a hoot about raptors, come visit the California Raptor Center’s (CRC) Open House on Saturday, Oct. 20th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We have two new owl residents for you to meet—a barred owl named Tadita, and Ember, our first barn owl education ambassador in six years! 

Seal Die-Off Yet to Reach Cape Shores

September 04, 2018
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has opened an investigation into hundreds of seal deaths this summer. Nearly 600 harbor and gray seals stranded on beaches from Maine down to Massachusetts.

Dr. Marcela Uhart Honored as Wildlife Hero

August 22, 2018
Congratulations to Dr. Marcela “Marcy” Uhart, director of the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center’s Latin America Program. She received the Wildlife Disease Association's 2018 Distinguished Service Award.

New Tick Causes Epidemic of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

August 15, 2018
Rocky Mountain spotted fever is already dangerous, and the new carrier is more likely to bite people than the ticks that usually spread it, the team of U.S. and Mexican researchers said.

WILDFIRES: Bear Treated with Fish Skins

August 10, 2018
State wildlife officers and a UC Davis veterinarian have again used fish skins and other novel forms of pain management to treat a wild animal: a bear cub injured in the Carr Fire.

Young Bear Rescued in Carr Fire Undergoes Unique Paw Therapy

August 09, 2018
A young black bear whose paws were burned raw in the Carr Fire is recuperating with special care from a wildlife veterinary team. On Monday, an eight-member team including Dr. Deana Clifford and Dr. Jamie Peyton of the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital spent nearly six hours preparing for the operation and sewing tilapia skin onto the bear's four paws. One benefit of the fish skin — which doesn't smell fishy — is that it contains collagen that aids in healing.

Orcas of the Pacific Northwest Are Starving and Disappearing

July 09, 2018
For the last three years, not one calf has been born to the dwindling pods of black-and-white killer whales spouting geysers of mist off the coast in the Pacific Northwest. Their population decline is alarming and may be due to several factors.

Plastic Pollution is a Menace to Birds

June 25, 2018

Lost or abandoned fishing line snares vast numbers of wildlife each year—a problem birders and outdoor groups are trying to combat. 

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