New England Wildlife Center
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Wildlife Care

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The Center treats and cares for 225 different species of animals from the local area. Over the years we have treated over 75,000 wild animals.   This includes sick, injured and orphaned native and naturalized wild animals such as hummingbirds, snapping turtles, raccoons, foxes, cottontails, hawks, owls and many others.  The care is conducted under the direction of veterinarians, wildlife rehabilitators, and veterinary technicians.  High school and undergraduate interns do much of the day-to-day care giving students the opportunity to work with and study up-close the biology of many species.  These are animals that students would otherwise never have the opportunity to contact. The care proffered to wildlife succeeds about one-half of the time.  All animals successfully rehabilitated are released back to local woodlands and estuaries.






15 Comments to “Wildlife Care”

  1. Courtney says:

    There is what seems to be an injured seagull in Scituate outside my work. It has been hanging around for a few months now. I don’t think it can fly and it limps when it walks.
    The seagull seems very friendly and doesn’t mind people. I just don’t know what to do and feel so bad for it.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Courtney, If he can’t fly and you can capture him, you can bring him to us. Sometimes you can gently throw a sheet or blanket over them and scoop them up. Alternatively, you can call your animal control officer or Animal Rescue League of Boston. If they are able to come out and capture him/her then they can transport to us for care. Very best of luck.

      • Courtney says:

        Hi again! The seagull was brought in last week and I was just wondering and checking how it was doing and if you know what was wrong with it?

        • Katrina Bergman says:

          Hi Courtney,

          I’m very sorry, but we have a policy that we don’t keep people updated on specific animals even if they brought them in. I really am sorry, and honestly I would love it if everyone knew where every animal was in the recovery process, but we have a very small staff and a lot of people wanting information, and unfortunately all our interns and vets already stay late every day just trying to keep all the animals treated. We can’t really have people handle animal updates for everyone, and we feel it would be unfair to give out news to some people and not others. If you brought in the seagull however and you left us your mailing address we will send you word when the animal is discharged from the hospital, or if you come into the center for a tour you can see all the animals and get updates on any treatment plans we have available at the time. Sorry again.

  2. Claudia says:

    There is a young duckling out in my neighbor’s yard that appears to be injured. I first saw this little duckling about 6 weeks ago or so as one of two baby ducklings with their mother. I’ve seen them grow a little bigger as their mom followed them around. Now, I don’t really see the other one, this one seemed to he walking with a limp a few days ago, and today, I was looking for him/her, I saw him/her over in the neighbor’s yard sitting like ducks do, but not able to stand on its feet. I saw it tried flopping this way or that feeding from the grass. There were other ducks of them probably the mother. I went out, feeling badfor him/,her as the others were able to walkfind and find food for themselves. I brought some bread and as I approached, I saw that its legs were rested alongside its body and the duckling tried but couldn’t stand. He/she was eager for the bread ‘though. I definitely want to help this little bird. How do I pick him up ? Wrap him in a towel to bring to the center. Thanks so much!

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Yes, you can wrap him in a towel and bring him in. We are open for injured wildlife tomorrow between 10-2. I hope you can get him. Best of luck!

      • Claudia says:

        Thanks for your reply. I tried getting him today but was unsuccessful. I brought bread, he was feisty and moved about, knowing I was trying to catch him in towel. His mom was also nearby and became frightened. He ate well He seems to be moving more than a couple of days ago when his legs were just flopped down by his side, I probably could gave just picked him up then if I were prepared. Now it seems he’s managed to kind of hold his legs up a bit, but the flaps that ducks have at the end of the leg is not fanned out for some reason for him to stand on. I’m pretty sure he’s one of the 2 ducklings I saw with their mom weeks ago, he was walking fine then, he’s just a little more grown now. Could it be this is just a phase ducks or geese go through as they’re growing??
        Also, I don’t want to want to separate him from the mom and other ducks. Should I wait a few more days to see if he’s better before asking animal rescue to help?? Thanks!

        • Katrina Bergman says:

          Hi Claudia, Yes, definitely leave him with his mom if he’s improving. Wait a few days. All wildlife have the best chance in the wild. Let’s hope he does ok. There are no easy answers unfortunately. You did a great job. :)

  3. Laura says:

    There is an important injured hawk in Randolph at belcher park. She has been tending to her babies which are nested in the tree nearest the girl

    scout house, by the dirt road. Her foot seems to be injured. Can someone there help her. I’m concerned for her and her babies.nk

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Laura, You can call animal control and/or the Animal Rescue League of Boston to see if they can help rescue. They won’t be able to help her, though, if they can’t catch her. If she can fly she must be doing ok for the time being. The Center cares for sick and injured wildlife but we do not have a rescue service. Very best of luck.

  4. lisa says:

    I found two baby birds in our yard. They do not look injured but they are not flying. I believe they are baby morning doves. I have been trying to find someone to help but it seems impossible. I live in Barnstable, Ma on Cape Cod is there any rescue organizations down here?

  5. Ann says:

    Please help asap 7pm May 24 an injured wildlife on Mamie and Carolyne RD in side yard of 8 Mamie Rd weymouth Ma. This is just off front street which runs along Main street. Go front street to whipple street (across from Rudys gas station on Main front is along Mine whipple then just up on that after Rudys) So front street to whipple street to The 1st street off whipple carolyn rd then right there is Mamie and caroyln street sign. A house on that corner two story yellow and brick. The hedges along the side of that house by the mamie/carolyn street sign the hurt animale dragged its self. I could not find your phone #.

    The animale was duck like a foul but not sure if duck as it looked more long necked and longer wings. Maybe more uncommon animale. It tried to run but was dragging its self and trying to fly by having wings spread but could only limp and drag body. Please help him asap it just around the corner or 5 min away from your rescue. The animale seemed so scared and struggling. Dogs are around and I fear they will get him and rip him apart. I was walking and coulden’t get him to bring to you and didn’t know how to grab and carry. Please help him.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Ann, That is awful. It is so painful to see a wounded animal and to not be able to help him or her. If you can catch the bird, you can bring him to us in the morning. We are open for wildlife admissions 10-2. We are currently able to accept more patients. The Center treats sick, injured and orphaned wildlife but we are unable to provide rescue. We have a critical lack of financial resources treating wildlife, which is our main objective. Your can call the Weymouth animal control officer or the Animal Rescue League of Boston to ask for help with rescue. Please read the section “what to do when you find a wild animal” on this website. It is under the wildlife category. It will help explain what the Center can and cannot do and provide helpful information regarding wildlife. Very good luck Ann. Best regards, Katrina

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Ann, that is horrible. it is awful to watch a wild animal hurt and vulnerable. new england wildlife center doesn’t have funds to rescue wildlife, we care for sick and injured wild animals that are brought to us. We are open for admissions again tomorrow. You can call the Animal Rescue League or your Animal Control Officer to see if they can capture the animal and bring him to us tomorrow or somewhere else. We have no resources to care for wildlife in Massachusetts. The Center is funded by private donations, no state or federal dollars. We are the only comprehensive wildlife hospital in metro boston. We can only care for a fraction of the millions of wildlife in need of care – about 2,000 a year. That makes people very angry – us too. We want to care for more – but our hands are tied – we can only take as many as we can properly care for. Please know that we are a few citizens that got together to try to offer some solution. There is a list on this website of other possibilities – please read “what to do if you find a wild animal”. Our phone number is on this site too – 781 682 4878. You will most likely have to leave a message and someone will call you back today. ?We receive hundreds of phone calls a day and have one person and volunteers that answer our phones. We have only 4 full time staff. We are not allowed to charge for our services and our patients don’t come with insurance. Please know, I care about your wild waterfowl, I wish our state would care too by providing funds. We are doing the best we can. Thank you, I hope we see you tomorrow. Best, Katrina

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