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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS — Spring means time for more newborn wild animals. That means people will bring them to the UI’s Wildlife Medical Clinic if they think they’re orphans, like these baby squirrels. Workers will treat the animals but say sometimes they don’t always need our help.
There’s a chance they weren’t even abandoned. To learn more, the clinic is holding a Wildlife Baby Shower. They’ll explain what to do when you find an orphaned animal. The workshop is free and open to the public.
Wildlife Baby Shower
Prairieland Feeds, Savoy
Saturday, April 4
11 am & 1 pm
The Wildlife Medical Clinic’s Walk was recently featured on the c i Living network! Check out the video here:
Take a “Walk on the Wild Side” in support of local wildlife and tomorrow’s veterinarians. You will have a chance to bid on adventure packages, animal encounters, and outstanding art including one-of-a-kind animal art! The Clinic’s own resident hawks and owls will be in attendance too! New to the program this year, we will have a Bird of Prey Program with a flight demonstration!
A group of veterinary students representing the Wildlife Medical Clinic were one of many teams that cleaned up Boneyard Creek as part of Boneyard Community Day Saturday. It was a great way to take a break from studying and assist with conservation of our community waterways.
We were featured in the local news for our efforts. For the full story and how you can participate in the cleaning effort next year, Click Here
WGLT-AM (Illinois State University radio; April 9) – Dr. Adam Stern was interviewed regarding white-nose syndrome outbreak in Illinois. He was the pathologist who identified the pathogen from samples collected in Illinois. [Note: He is introduced at 2:20.]
“In a report that scaled up local surveys and pilot studies to national dimensions, scientists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the Fish and Wildlife Service estimated that domestic cats in the United States — both the pet Fluffies that spend part of the day outdoors and the unnamed strays and ferals that never leave it — kill a median of 2.4 billion birds and 12.3 billion mammals a year, most of them native mammals like shrews, chipmunks and voles rather than introduced pests like the Norway rat.
The estimated kill rates are two to four times higher than mortality figures previously bandied about, and position the domestic cat as one of the single greatest human-linked threats to wildlife in the nation. More birds and mammals die at the mouths of cats, the report said, than from automobile strikes, pesticides and poisons, collisions with skyscrapers and windmills and other so-called anthropogenic causes.”
“There is a huge amount of information these animals learn. We are a poor, poor substitute,” she said.