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Great news! The Woodcock that Robert Brent Elementary School helped rescue was released back into the wild! You have to look really hard, but you can see it walk away among the leaves and underbrush. Woodcocks have long narrow beaks to help them eat things in the soil like earthworms and other burrowing bugs. Even though they're fliers, the spend lots of time on the ground too. Thanks so much to everyone who helped this guy get back on his way South for the winter!
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Spa morning for some of our box turtles.
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Don't forget to vote for City Wildlife for the Department of Energy & Environment District Sustainability Awards People's Choice Award! And please share this with your friends!

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We have lots to thank opossums for!

With the huge rise in deer tick populations and the spread of Lyme disease, many friends of wildlife are welcoming opossums into their yards. Why? Scientists have learned that opossums act like lit…
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An interesting article about wildlife and noise pollution:

A New Mexico study shows that constant noise leads to stress and smaller nestlings
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As the weather starts to warm, turtles will begin coming out of brumation. If you see a turtle crossing a road, please carry it across in the direction it is travelling. Also, do not relocate a turtle; they are very territorial. If you find an injured turtle, please call us at 202-882-1000.

Assist turtles crossing the road by carrying them across in the direction they’re headed. Many turtles crossing roads are egg-laden females looking for appropriate nesting sites. Do NOT relocate a turtle to a “better place”. Turtles have small home territories and should be left where they are...
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Yesterday, we took in our first woodcock of the year, indicating the start of migratory bird season. If you happen to find an injured bird, please put it in a cool, quiet place, such as a cardboard box or paper bag. Do not give it any food or water. Then, call us at 202-882-1000 for further assistance.

Unfortunately, migratory birds have a habit of flying into windows. Please keep lights off at night to help reduce collisions.

Cities provide a backdrop for some of the most prominent human-wildlife conflicts, and migratory birds account for many of them.
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The squirrels loved the enrichment treats the children made for them at our Valentine’s Day Open House last weekend!

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Vultures are the clean up crew of the environment.

As nature's clean-up crew, these birds have developed a potent set of adaptations to consume carrion.
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City Wildlife has been nominated for this year's District Sustainability People's Choice Award! Please vote and tell your friends to vote!

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Happy Valentine's Day from City Wildlife! Last week, we released a Cooper’s hawk that had come in for ocular trauma after hitting a window. Thanks to Biologist Dan Rauch at Department of Energy & Environment for helping with the release and for taking these beautiful photos.

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Thank you to everyone who came to our Open House this weekend! We had a record breaking number of 300 visitors! We hope you all enjoyed learning about DC's wildlife and all we do here at City Wildlife.

This Sunday is our Valentine's Day Open House! Will we see you there?

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Different birds eat seeds in different ways.

Birds like finches, chickadees and this Northern Cardinal love sunflower seeds, but each species uses a different strategy to extract the meat. When a finch plucks a sunflower seed from the feeder, it uses its tongue to maneuver the seed lengthwise into a groove on its beak. As it closes its beak, a...
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We’re getting ready for our 4th Annual Valentine’s Day Open House this Sunday! Don’t these cookies look delicious?

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Who's the king or queen of your bird feeder?

When it's time to eat, research shows there's a pecking order—and the winners aren't always who you'd think.
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Tomorrow is the big game. Unfortunately, this year's Super Bowl is being held in a highly reflective new stadium, which is not good for migratory birds.

It kills more birds than any other building in Minneapolis.
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Did you know that City Wildlife has a blog? Check out our latest blog post about food attractants and wildlife:

Just like people, animals love food. But their appetite can get them into trouble. A big cause of human-wildlife conflicts is food attractants. When animals smell food left out by people, they will track it down. This is especially common in the winter when wild food sources are scarcer. Not only ca...
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An interesting article about feeding birds in the city:

More than 50 million Americans are conducting an unwitting experiment on a vast scale. I joined them from my Manhattan high-rise.
theatlantic.com