Wildlife center accepting hurt birds

STAFF WRITERMay 13, 2009 

— The Piedmont Wildlife Center has resumed taking orphaned and injured migratory birds after obtaining a federal permit last month.

The center lost its federal permit, which is issued to an individual, when its veterinarian left in December.

Clinic manager Jeanette Curley has since obtained her bird rehabilitation permit, and she and volunteer rehabilitators have state permits for mammals and reptiles. The center also has hired a new veterinarian, Dr. Leslie Martin, who attended veterinary school at the University of California at Davis.

The center has seen 472 animals this year, executive director Gail Abrams said Tuesday. Last year it saw 1,922 animals.

Spring is the busiest season for the center. But Abrams said baby birds on the ground may not always be orphaned. People who find a fledgling should place the bird back in the nest or watch to see whether the parents return to feed it. It can take songbirds several days to learn to fly.

Meanwhile, like many nonprofit groups, the center faces a revenue shortfall. It runs on a $400,000 annual budget and is $25,000 short for the fiscal year that ends June 30, Abrams said.

For more information about the center, go to www.piedmontwildlifecenter.org or call 489-0900.

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