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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
JULY 2015 NEWSLETTER
1 2 3 swallow ... lemon drops
This season your local and legal wildlife rehabilitation facility has cared for almost 50 patients. The wildlife in need received care from dedicated volunteers - that’s right volunteers! AHWF is community supported by both labor and finances.
Bear in mind, a survey from renowned ornithology scientists reported most small songbirds feed each of their nestlings an average of 4 to 12 meals per hour. One bird brought food to the nest 1,217 times between 4:15AM and 8PM.
People may look at the variety of animals that American Heritage Wildlife Foundation provides care for and say “why bother?” or“it’s only a common animal, what is the fuss? Only the large charismatic game species are important”.
Baby birds require a lot of work and very long hours. Young mammals require round the clock care. To date we have tallied up just shy of 2,000 hours.
The lead wildlife care specialist juggles part time paying jobs and gives up her remaining personal time to provide care for the injured or orphaned wildlife.
Until sufficient funds are available to provide employment, AHWF will continue to utilize volunteers and we hope summer interns.
Our interns have been such a treat. Having someone here at the facility while the lead wildlife specialist is at her paying jobs has been a blessing. They are able to feed and respond to phone calls. They have been trained to receive new patients as well. This is a wonderful benefit for our community. They have instant access to proper rehabilitative care.
One intern alarmed us and had to make a trip to Urgent Care. She had an infected salivary gland. The cure, along with antibiotics and steroid pills, ... lemon drops (yes the doctor actually prescribed hard sour candy!).
This year has been quite diverse in the species received. The patients ranged from our smallest patient ever - a severely dehydrated bat pup weighing only 1.8 gram bat pup to a 4 week old orphaned coyote pup. Also 3 day old robin nestlings to an injured adult male pileated woodpecker. We are so grateful these interns are willing to sacrifice their personal schedules to make time to provide care. Imagine the feeding routine of caring for three batches of swallows (fed each 15 minutes) and juvenile ravens (at 30 minutes) and other recovering wild animals … exhausting should be the first thought.
If you can lend a hand and want to help; please call. 208.266.1488
You may recall the strain the lead wildlife volunteer underwent last year. She was balancing four part time jobs while providing full time wildlife care. Fortunately, we had sufficient funding in the budget to open an internship position. We began the process in January. We contacted Washington and Idaho universities as well as posting on the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association website. We posted the application on our website and social media sites.
The response was incredible. We had candidates from Texas to Indiana and Washington to England!
Our first intern began in May but had a personal emergency andso we began the search again.Our second intern
began June 21st.
and was only able to remain for 3 weeks due to school and work constraints. We were pleased with her youthful enthusiasm. The third intern was able to begin June 21st and will remain through the summer.
These interns were provided their own living space in an RV, home cooked dinners each night, and a $50 week stipend.
You can help us make sure this program happens again next year. Send a contribution to AHWF or go online
EXPOSED & Dangers of DR. GOOGLE
Perhaps because of our exposure in the summer issue of Sandpoint Magazine, we have responded to over 180 phone calls and 70 cases to date.Many of these animals were accepted as patients or referred to BOPNW or Mystic. The sad reality is that some fo these animals in distress suffered needlessly as their rescuers attempted to provide care themselves. We do not chastise those in our community with big hearts and compassionate natures. Our AHWF volunteers are the same mold. We do however become saddened and upset when our pleas to ‘release the animal to AHWF for care’ are ignored. Not only is that citizen acting illegally by attempting care they are also reducing to chances of a successful return and life in the wild for that animal.
Additionally we are deeply disheartened when people call stating they had the animal for x number of days and want to bring it to us.
There is a harsh reality to face. Young wildlife can often become easily imprinted; this severely inhibits the chance of release. The nutritional requirements related to eachspecies is very specific. Without proper diet the skin, feathers or fur, eyesight, bones are all effected. This can cause irreversible damage inhibiting successful rehabilitation. There are behavioral factors to observe and be aware of which if done incorrectly can deny the animal a chance to return to the wild.
Wildlife rehabilitation, if done correctly, cannot be found on the internet. It is a learned experience that takes years and networking with other professionals.
If you are sincere about your love of wildlife, and want to pursue this passion, contact us we will happily bring you on and train you as one of our animal care volunteers.
Thanks to our volunteers we were able to complete our first of two highway clean ups of the AHWF three mile stretch of scenic highway 200. We were able to have a booth at the Independence celebration in Clark Fork, the Memorial Community Center in Hope and the 7B Sunday at Schweitzer Mountain Resort.
We have completed two educational presentations in Sandpoint. Our fundraising efforts included the LoveAnimals.org and IdahoGives online campaigns.We had our fundraising firewood raffle again this year. A huge thanks goes out to Mike T. for finding, cutting, splitting, loading, then unloading over one cord of wood at the lucky winners home.
Nature Center not Taxidermy Studio
North Idaho is full of wild species. Our native neighbors are all around. As the human population continues to grow; conflicts are inevitable.
Idaho has only six facilities for the entire state. North American Heritage Wildlife Foundation is the only 501 (c) 3 nonprofit facility in North Idaho with bothfederal and state permits providing care for allspecies of wildlife. We work closely with two North Idaho specialty facilities that provide care for raptors and deer.
We are working to not only expand our permits to include the ’charismatic mega-fauna’ which need our care but also to provide the first educational nature center for the Inland Pacific Northwest. To truly appreciate nature we feel it should be heard, felt, tasted, and smelled not just seen as you would in a taxidermy studio.
If you believe that our area needs this type of educational facility, join your neighbors and contribute to the ‘one foot’ campaign.
despite being very frugal, American Heritage Wildlife Foundation still requires
a minimum of $10,000 annually. The categories are Wildlife, Education &
Outreach, and Administrative & General Operating.
AHWF does not receive federal or state or
local government funding nor paid staff. We must rely on our philanthropic
community! You might say to the founder “Well I am just a working class member
of society”. We believe anyone can be a philanthropist.
Philanthropy is simply defined as a
charitable act or gift. Each person has the ability to do this. Some of our
wildlife patients require feedings every 15 minutes Your gift of one hour gives life. Your act of
sharing online about AHWF provides hope. Your becoming a member or donating
allows us to meet our budget & succeed in our mission of wildlife rehabilitation for our
native neighbors & community education.
Making a difference
¨One person saw the need 20 years
ago and began AHWF.
¨Annual Budget requires $10,000—minimum.
¨Volunteers give close to 1,500 hours from April
¨Anyone can be a philanthropist!
¨Give one hour get one dollar off AHWF (in stock) merchandise.
2014 was the year that had long time volunteer
& primary wildlife caregiver on the edge of resigning. It was not because of the sheer quantity of
animal cases but simply because of the demands on her time. She was juggling four part time paying jobs
as well as giving full time to the wild animals in need. “She has over 20 years
of animal experience and is a valuable asset to AHWF. She would make a terrific
employee if the funding were available” said board member C. Boward. “The
problem is that we do not operate like a for profit business. We do not have
large quantities of merchandise to sell and the services we provide are not
covered by insurance claims”. The stark reality is that unless more
contributions come in with the specific designation of general operating expenses, we cannot offer a job
position. General operating expenses are the most
difficult category of grants to receive. Most funders want a major project to
show for effort. Operating expenses are the nuts and bolts - they are required
parts but they are not glamorous. This is where our community steps in and
provides financial support through
memberships, grocery cards, magazine subscriptions, online shopping toolbars
and programs, and donations.
Thanks to recent support, the goal of having
paid employees is still not a reality but it is closer. After being in
existence for 13 years AHWF hopes to offer nonpaid internships to students
interested in wildlife. The universities of Idaho and Montana have been
contacted. Intern applications are available directly from AHWF as well.
successful candidate or candidates will be able to work unsupervised (and
possibly long hours), reliable, trustworthy,
patient, gentle, good with the public, and have legible
In order to continue the mission of wildlife
rehabilitation & community education, AHWF must continue to receive the
help of our community through man power & financial contributions. These wild animals in distress must rely on
compassionate humans to provide cares.
Without them there is no chance.
AHWF must have your support to
continue to operate your community wildlife nature center. Please go to
our website to download the volunteer form or fill out the sign-up form
can make a difference. Make the pledge to present the present as a present for future generations.
Travel trailer needed!
What we need
from you is to borrow or rent a travel trailer for the 2015 wildlife season.
AHWF has sent an announcement out and is seeking interns to help with our
wildlife patients. These interns need a place to stay. AHWF will
borrow, rent, lease a travel trailer.
What we need from our community is some form of travel trailer. The
unit must be self contained. The approximate time frame is from April through
August. Let us know as soon as possible
if you or your neighbor or friends have one we could use.
YES I WILL sign
, public relations, social media posting, highway clean up, fundraising and
events coordination, pledging monthly to preserve wildlife.
I wish to
become an annual member: (I am a native neighbor; I am a ….)
MOOSE – idaho
EAGLE –out of
state supporter $20
OWL – over 65
WOLF PACK –
BLACK BEAR –
– business sponsorship $100
COUGAR – one
time member dues for lifetime category $1,000
AHWF has a charity
listing or a social media presence, or fundraising program with: amazon smile, bird watchers
digest, café press, charity works ebay, facebook, fred meyer community card, igive,
kindle, kobu, linked in groups, loveanimals, lulu, network for good, nook, pinterest,
razoo, recycling ink-cellphones-etc, squidoo(hubpages), twitter, vimeo, welzoo,
yokes community card, you tube
Please find us
online and support us with your generosity. Without you we cannot continue this
I would like
to express my gratitude to everyone that supported AHWF in the 2014 calendar
year. Because of your contributions of time, treasure and talents, we
can continue our mission for our 13th year!
300365 Fund Raising (including merchandise)
4,0009,920 Animal Care & Educational Mission (including
Large Flight Barn)
4,500(wct funded)Large Flight Barn
60,0000Classroom & Educational Items*
1,7503,472Memberships & Merchandise
1,8001,496Events and Aluminum recycling & other
3,50010,325One Foot Donations and Grants
80,0000Phase III Funding* (if funded)
3,693In-Kind contributions (excluding labor)
31, we estimate the total number of phone calls received will be not quite 250.
The total number of individual wild animals for 2014 is seventy three. This
year had by far surpassed our previous years in quantity and diversity. We also
surpassed our reach into other parts of the state. Because of the ability to
maintain our presence locally and online through website, social media, etc. we
are making connections to keep all of Idaho wild. Our dedicated volunteers
donated hundreds of hours each year to provide care for our native neighbors.
memorable animals were the orphaned Coyote pup brought to us from Idaho Fish
and Game, the Eastern Kingbird fledgling, the Northern Painted Turtle with
shell trauma, the Raven injured from gunshot wounds, 2 orphaned Chipmunk
siblings, and the group of ‘just hatched’ Wild Turkeys. We also cared for other
wild animals including Raccoons, several Pine Squirrels as well as Fox Squirrels,
Mallard Ducks, Canada Geese, many types of songbirds such as Cedar Waxwings.
As is the
case every year, some of the animals were successfully released back into their
wild habitat; some simply had injuries to traumatic to recover from. Each
animal however, was provided the best environment we could offer with our very limited
The saying ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ is
no less applicable to wild animals. Our total hours of volunteered time will
again be near 2,000 by the end of 2014. Bear in mind, from April through
September our volunteers donated 1,300 hours! (65 hours each week for 5 months)
One project completed was to add sand to our existing aviary. Another project
that has been in need of completion is placing metal onto the existing wood roof
of our Raccoon enclosure. We were finally able to throw away that old tarp! We
also began our new aviary. The majority of this time however, came from direct
wildlife care and our lead wildlife volunteer (also the founder and board
president) all while juggling four part-time (paying) jobs. She cannot complete
successful rehabilitation alone – she must have help! Heart felt gratitude and
thanks goes out to Amy, Ann, Beth, Bev, Bob, Carol, Carolyn, Danny, Darcy, Doreen,
Eileen, Frances, Gail, Jenny, Jessica, Jutta, Kelsey, Leann, Lynn, Marguerite, Mary,
Mike, all the Members, Paul, the Razoo crowd, Ronda, Sharon, Sherry, Sue, Tim,
of course the ‘orange vest crew’ as well as our board of directors. Each person
made the effort to help the mission of AHWF. In their own way, be it bird
babysitter, animal taxi, fundraising event sponsor, infirmary or highway clean
up, wildlife caretaker, public relations, social media promoter, Yokes escrip
card and IGive program user, accountant, wildlife photographer, or financial
supporter, each person made a difference in the life of a wild animal. This
special group has chosen to keep North Idaho WILD! This is my question for each
of you reading this document – will you take the pledge to present the present
as a present for future generations? Go to our website to see what fundraising
platforms are of interest to you (or keep reading); call today to discuss your
area of interest and discuss when you are available to volunteer; Email us to
provide your expertise or skill sets. THEY need you.
A recent survey compiled by a national wildlife agency reported 80 percent of all animals taken to wildlife rehab facilities are due to some type of human cause. Some are obvious such as cat or dog attack others are related to 'hidden' means - lead poisoning, loss of quality habitat (leading to increased territorial battles and /or starvation) and simply mistaken identity by kidnapping a youngster.
Some of the
important environmental issues are being supported by a number of nonprofits.
To review the results of cats versus songbirds go to www.abc.org (american bird
conservancy). To find out the facts about bats and rabies visit bat
conservation international.To find out
more about the destruction caused by mining visit our local NPO
www.rockcreekalliance.org. For issues relating to the coal trains go to www.powerpastcoal.org
and www.coalisnottheanswer.org. Also visit lake pend oreille waterkeepers
website to learn of the major threat of biomagnification. Wildlife biologists
report findings to the USFWS. Through one of our NPO affiliations we receive
these studies. AHWF volunteers try to keep our local public informed by posting
onto our social media sites when findings are of interest and related to
species in North Idaho.
We continue to receive calls
regarding Large Game animals such as Bear, Cougar, Moose and Deer. We refer the
calls involving the Ungulates (namely deer) to a nearby wildlife rehabilitator
with that specific permit. Without her the panhandle, the northern white-tailed
deer have no place to go for care. She is however in need of ‘downsizing’ and
needs someone to take over her overflow. We want to be that facility. The calls
regarding large game mammals are still being forwarded to the Idaho Fish and
Game as we do not have the permits to provide care at this time. We are one
step closer however. Due to the closure of longtime rehabbers in the Lewiston
area we were able to acquire one large chainmesh enclosure. We anticipate we
will need to gain additional training from the nationally recognized Idaho Black
Bear Rehab facility, located in Boise. At this time there are only two active
NPO (nonprofit organizations) with facilities caring for large game – one in
Boise and one in McCall. We need your help to acquire funding to construct
sufficient enclosures before we approach our very receptive wildlife
game warden. He is eager to recommend AHWF as a third facility to accommodate
these species in the panhandle of Idaho.
Education & Public Outreach
Modern Technology allows us to both educate and reach out to
our public. We are utilizing social media to the best of our ability (we remain
in a deadzone of only dial-up internet access) to keep our community informed
and educated. We provide updates on our facebook , twitter , blogger , vimeo , youtube , linkedin , pinterest , formerly squidoo now hubpages, and newly created diviantart sites. Additionally,
our website provides a wealth of information about all our native neighbors,
the various AHWF fundraising programs, wild animal photographs, volunteer and
board member forms, links to our illustrated children’s books and is updated
frequently with information about upcoming events. If you enjoy posting and
tweeting and pinning and blogging PLEASE give us a call and we will be ever
appreciative if you could take over as our social media
to provide educational demonstrations was somewhat limited this year due to scheduling
difficulties and lack of time from volunteers. We were able to attend only two
directly educational demonstrations, three awareness events & four outreach
activities. In years past we have completed up to 20 public events.
invited to present flora and fauna – a
perfect match at the Kinnickinnick Native Plant Society meeting this spring.
Our reception was an overwhelming crowd of 65 people. And again this summer we
were invited to speak with the youth at the PAS Critter Camp about the
importance of all animals, including our native neighbors.
Jan = Newsletter & promote the ‘one foot’ campaign.
Feb = no
Native Plant Society lecture & Spring Spruce Up (aviary & nature trail
Highway 200 spring cleanup & Membership Meeting.
May = 2nd
annual IDAHOGIVES online program (with Sandpoint donation stations)
Presentation @ PAS camp.
Newsletter & Clark Fork 4th Celebration at CFHS.
Aug = KRFY
88.5 radio morning show interview & Firewood Raffle & Infirmary cleanup
Membership Meeting & Squeeze Inn benefit dinner & begin work on Nature
= Monarch Market Chili Dogs and Bake Sale benefit & Highway 200 autumn
continued work on the Aviary & conversion of 4 AHWF books to E-book format
(available on amazon, ibook, kobu, lulu & nook)*.
Annual Report & Christmas Art and Craft Fair & Christmas Party at the
five paper copy & bound books available: Logger’s Story – the orphan
fawn, Logger Returns – the grown up adventures of our deer friend, Logger
Makes New Friends, and Adventures of a Wildlife Special Agent- a
choose your own adventure book. The activity book titled Fun Time with
Logger is not compatible for e-book as it contains 54 different activities
from crosswords to word scrambles, color by number songbirds to word searches
and dot to dots to wild animal trivia. These books were written specifically
for AHWF. All proceeds go directly to AHWF; they provide a small amount of
revenue for the cause of wildlife rehab and community education and can be
found on lulu.com or through google search.
We set up a booth at the independence day celebration in Clark Fork and a table at the Christmas Craft show in the bonner mall. We were interviewed by KRFY 88.5 radio station for the morning show. Additional exposure came from the Idahopress.com and nickelsworth articles. We hosted spring spruce up and fall cleanup days at our facility as well as two adopt a highway clean up scenic highway 200 sessions.
We began the year with less than $1,000 in the bank and no grant proposals being reviewed. We did not know how we were going to continue our vital work.
Our 2014 total expenses for the year are $11,809. Despite being frugal, we still operate on a budget requiring a minimum $10,000 annually. The categories are Wildlife, Education & Outreach, and Administrative & General Operating.
Wildlife expenses were for food, medical supplies & attention, professional membership fees, fuel cost to deliver or retrieve wildlife, and enclosure building materials, Northern Lights electricity & Frontier phone. The mission of Education & Outreach costs included venue reservations, educational materials, & fuel reimbursement. The total for this category is $10,409.
While we still have no paid staff, our general operating expenses remain low. The monthly Frontier phone bill, NLI electricity, POVN internet and website hosting as well as the Local Pages phone book advertising are part of our overhead expenses. This category is the most difficult to acquire grant funding. This category is the one we rely on our community to assist us with the most. The total was $1,400.
We survived the year because of our generous community and their support ofvarious fund raising events: Collection Can placed at Monarch Market, Idaho Gives day of giving, Firewood Raffle, Squeeze Inn benefit dinner, Chilidogs + Bake Sale Monarch Market, Bonner Mall craft fair,& the Christmas Party at the Winery. Direct donations and memberships helped support our mission as well as the in-kind donations such as food, building materials, appliances, and advertising space.
Financial contributions were from received from various funding programs like Yokes escrip community card (group number 500042524), Fred Meyers community rewards, magazine subscriptions (through magfundraising.com/ahwf) and subscriptions to Bird Watchers Digest, GoodSearch (online search bar), recycling of aluminum cans or ink cartridges and other technology gadgets, home page site (Welzoo.com), crowd funding site Razoo, donation pages on Network for Good & justgive, shopping network toolbars (iGive), the donation of percentages of your online shopping purchases on eBay charity works& Amazon Smile.
The year ended with the Affinity program from CapitalOne credit card (where AHWF received a percentage of all your purchases) being cancelled; it just like the program from Red Swan offering the donations of old and broken jewelry, will no longer provide supplemental revenue.
Merchandise we earn a small percentage on is available from our storefront on cafepress.com/ahwf. You can find baby clothes, aprons, teddybears, coffee mugs, tote bags and more.The book publishing site lulu.com site has all five of our books. They can be downloaded and printed or purchased through your Amazon kindle or fire, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBook, Kobu and Lulu e-book as well as traditional bound paperbacks.
Additionally were so very blessed to receive $10,000 in grant awards. WCT provided the funding to begin and eventually complete our large aviary flight barn. This barn will have five individual areas that can be opened up in any variation to allow as much as the full 24 foot by 32 foot space. Without their support we could not have completed this major project as the promised support timbers were never delivered.
The total revenue (including in-kind & labor) received to date an estimated $38,986.
Future plans for American Heritage Wildlife Foundation will be to continue work on the Aviary Flight Barn through the winter and have it functioning by the spring season.
We were again not able to send our lead volunteer of wildlife care to learn from the raptor expert in St. Maries. The time was simply not available. The mission of Bird of Prey Northwest is to provide education with and rehabilitation for injured raptors. The founder has generously offered to teach topics involving restraint, diagnosis of trauma & medical care for wing breaks so that we may improve our care of these valuable species. We hope this can take place in 2015 but time will tell.
We began the process this autumn, of making a meandering Nature Walk through the diverse habitat on the leased AHWF property. We hope to continue this when the warmer 2015 weather allows. We will need help – many hands make light work! Perfect community service project for those able bodies willing to use rakes and shovels to level out the land, carry buckets of bark and mulch, pack wood beams to line the trail, paint signage, etc. We anticipate this type of nature trail will provide a stable means of revenue for AHWF.
We are planning a presentation regarding what do if you find a wild animal baby. This will be at North Idaho Animal Hospital mid-April. We are discussing the possibility of a migratory bird day (or GBBC) event and an educational puppet show with Bonnie of IPT. We anticipate a few benefit dinners and bake sales. There will be two Scenic Highway 200 clean-up projects and two in-house clean-up projects. The annual celebration in Clark Fork on July 4th will find us there as well as the December Craft Fair in the Mall. We will close the year with our annual Christmas Party.
We will again join other Idaho Nonprofits for the IDAHOGIVES one day online day of giving. Each May all these charities come together in one place through Idaho Nonprofit Development Corporation to ask their communities to support their mission. Each year we have received generous support from those both near and far. Our goal for 2015 is $5,000. We have two categories: general operating support (for current expenses) and wildlife care center (for the expansion of AHWF).
Due to potential conflict of 2015 employment the lead wildlife caregiver may not be readily available. This will require at least one intern to be trained and accommodations provided for. Onsite housing is the major concern. We are looking for a travel trailer that is self-contained. If you have one that you can lend, rent or will sell at a reasonable rate please contact us ASAP.
American Heritage Wildlife Foundation is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization and all donations may be tax deductible. We are also an Idaho Nonprofit Incorporation; this does not however provide financial relief in any form. We are a member of the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association. AHWF holds permits from the USFWS migratory bird department and Idaho State Fish and Game. The one acre we lease is a certified wildlife habitat. We are 100 % volunteer.
Compiled and completed 1 December 2014 by K. St. Clair – McGee
July 2014 Newsletter excerpt - 65 wild animals and 1 tired volunteer!
2014 has proven to beby far the busiest andmost diverse of our 13 years of rehabilitation work. At our peak we were responding to 6 phone calls and putting in over 10 hours of work EACH DAY -without pay!
The phone calls ranged from simple behavioral questions to advice on reuniting youngsters with their parentsor instructions on stabilization and directions to deliver the injured to the veterinary hospital or the orphaned wild animal to our facility.
To date almost 1,000 volunteer hours have been logged. Some of these hours came from public relations activities ie Fourth of Julycelebration in Clark Fork, Critter camp lecture, Kinnickinnick Native Plant Society presentation, spring highway clean-up, speaking to the 3 local Bonner countyhigh school seniors about the scholarship program. Additionally letters were written to local businesses and media keeping them informed of the presence of a wildlife rehabilitation facility in the area that is offering assistance for our precious natural resource.
The majority of these hours however, came direct wildlife care. The major contributor is one person.—she juggles four paying jobs and dedicates here remaining time to animal care and maintenance.She has been supported by a handful of wonderful volunteers that occasionally able and willing to be ‘babysitters’ while she is at work.
Please go to our website www.ahwf.org and download the volunteer form or the board of directors questionnaire and make a stand for presenting the present as a present to future generations.
AHWF does not receive local, state, or federal funding. We rely on our generous community to provide for the needs of these animals. In need. Our goal is to give back to our community by providing the first nature center in North Idaho. Only you can make that happen. Get involved - spread the word!