As wildlife rehabilitators, it is not unusual for us to receive a species of bird for care that we have never handled in the past. We pull out the bird books, get a weight to help with identification and physical condition, and text pictures to all of our bird people. It can be an interesting challenge! Once we know what we have, we begin to investigate how to best contain the bird to reduce stress, what his natural diet might be and whether medical care is required. 

I received a picture and a text message late in the evening of January 13th from Bristol Animal Control Officer Gina Farrell. Bristol Police had responded to a call from Roger Williams University about a bird outside of a d...

December 31, 2017

We were fortunate to end the year on a high note. Last week we rescued and released a Common Loon, one of the most difficult sea birds to rehabilitate.

Common Loons (Gavia immer) are migratory birds in Rhode Island. This one was found near Misquamicut beach by one of the Environmental Police Officers who work for the Department of Environmental Management in RI. The Loon was unable to swim and transferred to us for care.

On intake exam, she was found to be in good weight. She had no obvious injuries other than she was unusually quiet and inactive.

We placed her in what we call a "sea bird net" so she could rest overnight. Loons are adapted for life in the water and cannot bear weight...

December 23, 2017

This rufous Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio) was found at the Subway/Dunkin' Donuts plaza next door to the Wildlife Clinic in Saunderstown, RI.

As you can see from his feathers, he has a reddish brown color pattern. Eastern Screech-Owls can be gray or rufous, like this one.

The injured owl appeared to have flown into a window and to have hit his head; he looked stunned. The term we use is "window strike," which is similar to a concussion in humans.

Since it was after hours, the owl was taken to the Emergency Service at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists in East Greenwich. The techs and doctors there stabilized him and transferred him to us the next day. (We are very fortunate to have t...

Our first white-tailed deer rescue - a tiny spotted orphaned fawn - arrived about the same time as usual this year on May 15, right after Mother's Day. I knew I had a steep learning curve ahead of me: as of 2017, the care of these delicate gangly-legged creatures became my responsibility.  

As with any unfamiliar rehab, there is an initial adjustment period. I set up the first fawn, and the ones that followed, in my home, housed in toddler playpens. By early July, all of the fawns had outgrown the pens and were transferred to an outdoor enclosure built especially for them. 

Deer, in general, are high-strung animals whose main defense against predators is their ability to evade capture by...

August 24, 2017

Purchase tickets online via credit card or Paypal at via our website under Lectures/Events (LINK) or Email us at to reserve a seat and pay at the door. Please include the lecture title in the subject line.

LOCATION: 2865 Tower Hill Road, Saunderstown, RI, 02874


In this lecture, RWPZ director of conservation programs Lou Perotti will describe the conservation status of the endangered New England cottontail and share the latest news about its numbers in the wild and about ongoing efforts to restore this species and its native habitat. This is a collaborative project between several federal government agencie...

August 9, 2017

TICKETS $15 - visit Events/Lectures on our website or click this LINK 

LOCATION: 2865 Tower Hill Road, Saunderstown, RI, 02874


From the streets of Providence, birds perched high on downtown architecture may look like ordinary pigeons, but a keen eye and powerful lens bring the rare Peregrine Falcons into view. For years, the fastest animals on the planet have patrolled the downtown skyline, protecting their territory and successfully rearing over 50 chicks. 

ABOVE: American Kestrel fledgling, Providence, RI.

Peter Green is a photographer and graphic designer living and working in downtown Providence. He walks the city, documenting the Pe...

August 2, 2017

Interested in becoming a wildlife rehabilitator? This course is essential.  Sign up early!

Have you ever been in a situation where you felt alone, afraid, abandoned and then someone arrived to rescue you? That might sound a little dire, but it is an experience we have all had, whether it was sitting alone in a school cafeteria when someone finally came over to the table, or being stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire when someone stops to see if they can help. The emotions we feel at the time are intense, a combination of relief, gratitude and a touch of apprehension. Even though we know we need the help and are relieved to receive it, we know little about the good Samaritan who has come to our aid. Are their intentions pure? Do they truly mean to help or is there so...

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