When development and human infrastructure encroach on the natural territory of wild animals, and human-wildlife interactions increase, the result is often a proliferation of injured and orphaned animals. Located in San Jose, Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley (WCSV) is a facility that has provided care and rehabilitation for more than 30,000 common and threatened species of birds and mammals since 1993. Staff and volunteers at WCSV hand-feed the birds and mammals until each is ready to be released back into the wild. WCSV will celebrate its 10th anniversary on May 3 with an open house, called Walk on the Wild Side. This is the only day of the year when the facility is open to the public, so it’s a great opportunity to learn how staff and volunteers rehabilitate wildlife. If you go, please bring in-kind donations of tissues and paper towels; WCSV uses these to line the strawberry baskets (for baby birds) and laundry baskets (for bigger animals) for animals being placed in an incubator. To find out more, visit www.wcsv.org or contact Janet Alexander at (408) 929-9453.
Bay Nature magazine ◦ April-June 2003