Save their Feet & Shield their Bodies
For Pacific Wildlife Care
In 2010, the Hind Foundation granted $20,000 to Pacific Wildlife Care (PWC) to fund the installation of two 3,600 gallon flight pools, a shelter and native garden to help save the feet and shield the bodies of various seabirds. The pools speed up the rehabilitation process for the many pelicans, gulls, cormorants and other seabirds recovering in the enclosure while the native garden provides a natural barrier between the animals and their caretakers. The recovery tank is large enough to allow birds to fly inside in a protected environment while they recover. Pacific Wildlife Care is committed to raising public awareness of, and respect for, wildlife and the issues affecting them in the urban environment.
• Primary Care Designation
The installation of the pools established PWC as an Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN) primary care facilities throughout the state. A primary care facility can rehabilitate pelagic birds where 2nd care facilities can only stabilize birds for transport to primary care facilities. This designation is a huge accomplishment because there are only 12 facilities like PWC throughout the state.
• Accelerated Recovery
The original rock ground cover that was replaced by the pools was causing foot problems for pelagic birds and actually hindering their recovery. Now the warm pools provide the birds with a protected environment with natural buffer and shade that actually helps them rehabilitate more quickly.
• Wildlife Attraction
The native garden provides a visual barrier, natural buffer, habitat restoration, and shade for the birds while also saving water and attracting beneficial bees, butterflies, and other insects by reintroducing native plant species.
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|Area of Funding: Plant & Wildlife Restoration|
|Type of Funding: Standard Grant|
|Amount Funded: $20,000|
|Year Funded: 2010|
|Year Completed: 2010|
|About the Organization|
|Pacific Wildlife Care|
|P.O. Box 1134|
|Morro Bay, CA 93443|
PWC's mission is to rehabilitate and return to their natural habitat, orphaned or injured wildlife, and to educate our community to value and respect wildlife and the environment we share with them.