New England Wildlife Center
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By: Jack Banagis
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On August 1st 2013 the New England Wildlife Center’s hospital admitted a Canada Goose who was shot through the head with an archery arrow.  He was rescued and transported to the New England Wildlife Center by the Animal Rescue League of Boston.  The Canada Goose was alert and conscious, but he was malnourished and had no use of his jaw.  Dr. Mertz successfully removed the arrow and packed the wound with surgical padding to prevent further necrosis of the skin. Fortunately, the arrow did not damage any major nerves or muscles in his face and he retained full mobility of his head and jaw.   After three and a half weeks of rehabilitative care, medication and nutritional support he is healthy enough to be released back to the wild.

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The release will take place at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at a pond near the Ellis Haven Camp Ground in Plymouth, MA .  Katrina Bergman, the Center’s executive director said “We are particularly excited that the Canada Goose will be released back to the pond where his mate and goslings are.  It is critical that we as a society protect the most vulnerable among us.   Providing medical care to wildlife caught in harm’s way is just the right thing to do.”

The Center receives no tax payer funds and relies solely on individual donations.  We are the only wildlife hospital and education center in the metro-Boston area.  Please visit our front page to make a donation today!  We need everyone’s help.

By: Jack Banagis
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We are so happy to have such steadfast supporters. The Flatbread Company of Bedford is one of those wonderful supporters, who hosted a fundraiser for NEWC during the month of June. They raised a total of $574.00 which is amazing! On top of that we also got a neat tote bag with the NEWC logo on it, we always love getting these kind of things. It means so much to us that people donate their time and money, as this is what keep us in business. The Flatbread Company of Bedford has an amazing assortment of pizzas, you should really check them out and grab a bite to eat!

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By: Jack Banagis
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Our weekend was filled with anticipation as we waited for construction to begin. The raptor flight pen and raccoon habitat started going up today, with the main supports being put into the ground. This project has been in the works for several months and was designed by Svey Strekalovsky. The project contractor is Ken Ryder, owner of the contracting company Ryder Development, who is donating his time and talent to the project. The project would not be possible without Ken’s generous donation. New England Wildlife Center raised the money from private foundations to build the caging. The pens have some really cool aspects to them. The Raccoon habitat is going to include platforms staggered at different heights, with ways for the raccoons to walk platform to platform. These platforms act as stimulants which fuel the curiosity of raccoons and cater to their developmental and behavioral skills, which are necessary for successful release into the wild. The Raptor flight pen will be used to provide larger birds, including birds of prey, with 20′ x 60′ x 48′ (big) area to exercise and build up their stamina before release. We expect the construction to continue into September and will be providing updates as we get them.

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By: Katrina Bergman

 Come on down to New England Wildlife Center tomorrow morning -Saturday, April 20-

snapperStarting at 10 am, come and  “Paint the Patients” with Eleanor Whitney.  Eleanor is the Center’s volunteer resident artist.  Join her in painting our windows with pictures of animals, the out-of-doors or anything else you can think of.  Everyone is welcome…and it is free!  

By: Katrina Bergman




The Night of A Thousand Faces Halloween Event was a tremendous success.  Thank you to the 2,000 people that came, waited and walked the lit pumpkin path.  Below are some terrific halloween articles in the Patriot Ledger about the event.

Night of A Thousand Faces – 2000 walk the woods

Oh, what a night – great photos of pumpkins!

By: Katrina Bergman
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Thank you Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department for donating 200 pumpkins!  Staff and volunteers picked, gathered and drove those bad boys back to the Center where scouts started carving them up.

Thank you to Lambert’s of Pembroke for donating 30 pumpkins and thank you to everyone of you who donated or helped us collect 40o beautiful orange pumpkins for this weekend’s Night of A Thousand Faces – 10th annual Halloween Event.  

The event is 6-8 both Friday and Saturday – come see the pumpkins lit through the forest, eat cookies, roast marshmallows, sip cider, and see wildlife.  Tickets only $5 per person.  The weather is going to be awesome!  Directions are here on the website.

By: Katrina Bergman
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Today Mom Opossum and her 10 babies were released back into the wild after a difficult go of it. Mom was admitted in late July after being found stuck inside of the wall of a Braintree home. Fortunately for mom opossum, she got stuck in the right house. The homeowner was able and willing to help. The mother opossum was thin and distressed when she arrived at New England Wildlife Center for emergency care. Initially mom was admitted with a few nursing babies. Within a few days, a total of 10 babies joined her at the Center. Each time we thought all the babies were found, more kept coming! It is always a great day when they return to the wild.

Here’s some pictures chronicling her stay with us and a first hand look at our full immersion internship program.



By: Katrina Bergman
Categories: announcements | 4 Comments
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HELP!, we are in desperate need of:

  • LARGE Towels … please… no washcloths

  • Paper towels – Large Sheets

  • Copy Paper – For printers, copiers, fax machines ETC..

  • Chlorine Bleach – to sanitize the hospital

Below are items that we always need:



Reptomin turtle food Whole frozen fish – 6 in.
Meat baby food in jars Bottled water – personal size
Exact baby bird food Gauze pads – 4 inch+
Latex or vinyl gloves Dawn dishwashing soap
Electric heating pads Plastic spray bottles
Batteries – 9 volt and AA Hand sanitizer
Liquid bleach Scrubby sponges
Copy paper Tupperware with lids
Manila file folders – standard size Vitamin B tablets
Pens Refrigerated cookie dough
Sharpie markers Fish food
Post It Notes Ceramic heating lamps
Trash bags – 39 gallon Food and water dishes for reptiles
Zip-Lock bags UVB full spectrum bulbs
Paper towels Kleenex tissue
Folding chairs Paper plates
Fresh greens – no iceberg lettuce Paper coffee cups – No Styrofoam
Peanuts and pecans in shells Coffee
Towels – Large, no washcloths Soda – cans
Construction paper
Cutlery & stirrers
Couches – good condition (no sofa-beds)
Animal carriers/cages – no rust please
Stop & Shop gift cards

Thank you for thinking of us, but we cannot use newspapers, yogurt containers, comforters, fur coats, expired medicines and foods.

In addition we welcome pet caging, carriers, aquaria and other durable pet supplies.  These will be sold in our Long Tail Store to help us care for wildlife and provide education programs.

By: Greg Mertz, DVM
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We are in desperate need of paper towels to keep our hospital clean.  Donations of paper towels (and other supplies) can be dropped off at 500 Columbian Street in South Weymouth at any time.  If the doors are locked, you can leave them outside.

By: Greg Mertz, DVM

Join Dr. Mertz for this series of 10 micro-lectures from the Araquon Lodge.  This series will introduce you to the basics of how bodies are put together and how they work  in  the environment.  Let us know what else you  would like to  learn about comparative  anatomy and Dr. Mertz will talk about it  next time.




By: Greg Mertz, DVM
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Welcome to Gallup! He is Penelope’s new friend.  Gallup is a 9 month old wethered Alpine goat.

Gallup was raised and donated to the Center by Jenna Illingworth.  Jenna is a student at the Norfolk Agricultural High School in Walpole.

On the first day together Penelope did not give Gallup a very warm greeting.  She refused to stand any where near him.   If he came close she would run to the other side of the pen.  She gave him dagger eyes.

Today, three days later, they are inseparable.  In fact last night they held a two goat meeting about how to cause the most trouble as a team.  In fact when I did this photo session I went inside their pen to get some close-ups of Gallup.  When I bent over, Penelope came up behind me and bit me in the butt.


By: Greg Mertz, DVM
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The Catbird Cafe will be closed on Saturday, July 23. We will reopen on Saturday July 30 at 4:30 PM.

By: Greg Mertz, DVM
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Two of our resident turtles have become aggressive towards our smaller native turtles in our indoor pond.  We are looking to provide them with a good home since they are non-native and cannot be released into the wild.  One is a red-eared slider and the other is a yellow-bellied slider.  They are great animals–they are just getting territorial and we don’t want our smaller resident turtles to become injured.

If you are interested, please call us at 781-682-4878 and ask to speak to Kyle.

By: NEWC Staff

Whoooah!! Odd Pet Vet, A.K.A. Dr. Greg Mertz is now on Twitter! Tweeting away from his iPhone about the exotic patients, nature encounters, or simply anything extraordinary and educational that comes to his mind! You can follow him @oddpetvet by clicking the link below:!/oddpetvet