City Wildlife

City Wildlife Washington DC's first and only Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Over the past several decades, urban development has reduced local wildlife habitat and wild animals have had to adapt to living in close proximity with people.
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Each year hundreds of wild animals in Washington, DC are unintentionally harmed by people and the urban environment. City Wildlife was created in 2008 in response to this growing number of conflicts. In July of 2013, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center opened its doors to aid the animal victims of such conflicts. Through our Lights Out DC, Duck Watch, and outreach programs, we educate the community about the importance of these animals and how to share our city with them harmoniously.

Each year hundreds of wild animals in Washington, DC are unintentionally harmed by people and the urban environment. City Wildlife was created in 2008 in response to this growing number of conflicts. In July of 2013, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center opened its doors to aid the animal victims of such conflicts. Through our Lights Out DC, Duck Watch, and outreach programs, we educate the community about the importance of these animals and how to share our city with them harmoniously.

Mission: To assist wildlife in the District of Columbia and surrounding areas through rehabilitation, release to the wild, and public education.

Operating as usual

This #WildlifeWednesday we wanted to share a beauty shot of a current patient, the Barred Owl.  (Thanks portrait mode!)
11/18/2020

This #WildlifeWednesday we wanted to share a beauty shot of a current patient, the Barred Owl. (Thanks portrait mode!)

11/17/2020
11/11/2020
Laughing Gull release

It's #WildlifeWednesday ! This young Laughing Gull was hit by a car - TWICE! Thankfully the incredible Humane Rescue Alliance Animal Care and Control ACOs who responded to the call were able to stop traffic and rescue the bird. Amazingly, the gull sustained only minor injuries and was able to be released within a few days. Thanks to Lights Out DC volunteer Stephanie for the video!

11/05/2020
11/04/2020

Have you ever heard a turtle's heartbeat? This hatchling eastern box turtle's heart rate was checked using our smallest external Doppler probe. 🐢💓

It's #WildlifeWednesday ! Even our smallest patients receive a complete physical exam and any needed diagnostics. This f...
11/04/2020

It's #WildlifeWednesday ! Even our smallest patients receive a complete physical exam and any needed diagnostics. This freshly hatched eastern box turtle had radiographs (x-rays) taken to evaluate injuries to both front legs, and heart rate was checked using our smallest external Doppler probe (video in other post).

11/03/2020
No, they're not dropping a new album- rather, this photogenic gang is on their way to be released today!
11/02/2020

No, they're not dropping a new album- rather, this photogenic gang is on their way to be released today!

Whooooooo was released on Halloween, after a week long stay at City Wildlife recovering from a window strike?  This gorg...
11/01/2020

Whooooooo was released on Halloween, after a week long stay at City Wildlife recovering from a window strike? This gorgeous Barred Owl, that's whooooooo!

If you live along the coast between Bowers, DE and Ocean City, MD, please keep an eye out for oiled wildlife! If you see...
10/28/2020
NBC Washington

If you live along the coast between Bowers, DE and Ocean City, MD, please keep an eye out for oiled wildlife! If you see oil patties or oil-covered wildlife, call Delaware officials at 800-662-8802 or Maryland officials at 866-633-4686.

Popular beaches in Delaware are closed after an oil spill left tar balls and oiled debris along the waterfront from Bowers, Delaware to Ocean City, Maryland. The source of the spill is still unknown.

Another rotten news day?  Put it to good use as much needed cage liner for City Wildlife and turn that bad news into GRE...
10/27/2020

Another rotten news day? Put it to good use as much needed cage liner for City Wildlife and turn that bad news into GREAT news for our wild friends!
*Contactless dropoff at 15 Oglethorpe St., NW 9-5 daily*

"My, what big eyes you have!" "All the better to see and hunt insects, small rodents, and birds, my dear!" This #Wildlif...
10/21/2020

"My, what big eyes you have!" "All the better to see and hunt insects, small rodents, and birds, my dear!" This #WildlifeWednesday brought to you by an American kestrel, North America's smallest falcon species. We received this juvenile kestrel earlier this year after he fell from his nest and could not be renested. After a brief stay with us, he was transferred to Owl Moon Raptor Center to join the nest box of another group of young kestrels.

The babies are (almost) all grown up and the first groups of squirrels have been soft-released in their brand new nestin...
10/20/2020

The babies are (almost) all grown up and the first groups of squirrels have been soft-released in their brand new nesting boxes back into the wild!
Thank you again to everyone who donated a nesting box (or otherwise donated) to help make this possible!

Besides having a fantastic name, the Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker is currently on the move through our area, in search of wa...
10/19/2020

Besides having a fantastic name, the Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker is currently on the move through our area, in search of warmer climes. Not sure you've seen one? Well, you may have heard one. Listen in: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Yellow-bellied_Sapsucker/sounds
#MigrationMonday #YellowbelliedSapsucker #thatsnotmorsecode

Sunday mornings call for breakfast in bed.  #mood #breakfastinbed #sundaymorningvibes
10/18/2020

Sunday mornings call for breakfast in bed.
#mood #breakfastinbed #sundaymorningvibes

Tomorrow is the bird watching October Big Day—17 October 2020! Big Days are a 24 hour opportunity to celebrate the birds...
10/16/2020
October Big Day 2020—bigger than ever! - eBird

Tomorrow is the bird watching October Big Day—17 October 2020! Big Days are a 24 hour opportunity to celebrate the birds both near you and around the world.

Participating is easy! Create a free eBird account, watch for birds, and report sightings via the website or app. On October Big Day 2019, more than 20,000 participants submitted 42,700 checklists with 6,709 species!

https://ebird.org/news/october-big-day-2020-bigger-than-ever

Mark your calendars for October Big Day—17 October 2020! Big Days are a 24 hour opportunity to celebrate the birds both near you and around the world.

Slow but steady wins the race!#CFC #showsomelove
10/15/2020

Slow but steady wins the race!
#CFC #showsomelove

10/14/2020

It's #WildlifeWednesday ! Have you ever seen a snake drink? This black rat snake is happy to demonstrate! Unlike many animals, snakes can not lap up water with their tongues. Instead, they use their mouths to suck up water like a straw. It was recently discovered that some snakes can also absorb water directly through their mouths through a spongy lining in their lower jaw.

10/14/2020
How to Stop the "Thuds" - DIY Acopian BirdSavers

It's migration time for birds, and City Wildlife is getting lots of window-strike victims. Give them a break by installing Acopian BirdSavers at your home. Here's how:

Easily prevent birds from flying into your windows. The Acopian BirdSavers solution is elegant, simple, inexpensive, and it works! The BirdSavers website has...

Everyone at City Wildlife is getting in the spirit of the season!#Fall #PumpkinCarving
10/12/2020

Everyone at City Wildlife is getting in the spirit of the season!
#Fall #PumpkinCarving

A truly remarkable LODC success story!  A volunteer found this White-throated Sparrow downtown this morning and, for obv...
10/08/2020

A truly remarkable LODC success story! A volunteer found this White-throated Sparrow downtown this morning and, for obvious reasons, assumed the worst. Happily, with a little time to come around, he perked right back up and we released him back into the wild this afternoon.
#LODC #Whitethroatedsparrow #birdsvswindows

10/08/2020
It's #WildlifeWednesday ! Last week we received a Sora who had hit a window while flying. Soras are small wetland birds ...
10/07/2020

It's #WildlifeWednesday ! Last week we received a Sora who had hit a window while flying. Soras are small wetland birds in the rail family. Thankfully he was only stunned and dehydrated, and was released the next day by a Lights Out DC volunteer, Stephanie. Release video in the comments! citywildlife.org/programs/lights-out-dc

Facebook friends - look at what you did!!!  We're ever so grateful!  And today *seven* cages full of rambunctious young ...
10/06/2020

Facebook friends - look at what you did!!! We're ever so grateful!
And today *seven* cages full of rambunctious young squirrels will get new "condos" to fill with sticks and leaves, in preparation to serve as their new home when we transition them back out into the wild.
Thank you!!! #AmazonWishList #easterngraysquirrel #movinonup

Please join us in admiring this baby Cardinal's epic bedhead.  #Sundaymorningvibes #northerncardinal #bedhead
10/04/2020

Please join us in admiring this baby Cardinal's epic bedhead. #Sundaymorningvibes #northerncardinal #bedhead

On the heels of #WildlifeWednesday, we have to say #ThankyouThursday!  To all the wonderful City Wildlife supporters who...
10/01/2020

On the heels of #WildlifeWednesday, we have to say #ThankyouThursday! To all the wonderful City Wildlife supporters who donated squirrel nest boxes (and funds for nest boxes), we, and the *35 squirrels* currently in our care, thank you from the bottom of our hearts! We quite literally couldn't do it without you.

This #WildlifeWednesday we have a favor to ask.  We have juvenile squirrels ready to be soft-released in nest boxes, bac...
09/30/2020

This #WildlifeWednesday we have a favor to ask. We have juvenile squirrels ready to be soft-released in nest boxes, back into the wild--- but we have NO nest boxes! We're kindly asking for a donation from our Amazon wishlist for a brand new squirrel "condo": https://smile.amazon.com/gp/aw/ls/ref=cm_wl_huc_view?ie=UTF8&lid=3FMY03PF8BR6W&ref_=cm_wl_huc_view&ty=wishlist&fbclid=IwAR1aB7rtbdqdPAaLGI3BwnJ3i-ZD70cYLfa6kl0rgElRH_kJx57S4O8n1Sk
Your donation will directly allow us to rehome 3-5 squirrels, for each nest box received. We, and the baby squirrels, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Don't you want some bunny to love?  Don't you need some bunny to love?  This little friend's nest was accidentally uncov...
09/29/2020

Don't you want some bunny to love? Don't you need some bunny to love? This little friend's nest was accidentally uncovered and he was luckily brought to City Wildlife for care. He was released Monday to continue making the world just a little bit cuter. #easterncottontail #speciesofgreatestconservationneed #bunny

A different take on Monday morning "blues":  We're currently caring for a Black-throated Blue Warbler who had a run in w...
09/28/2020

A different take on Monday morning "blues": We're currently caring for a Black-throated Blue Warbler who had a run in with a patio door this morning. Hoping he will make a full recovery and be released to continue on his journey. #MigrationMonday #Blackthroatedbluewarbler #caseofthemondays

Sunday Funday, and it's time to play along with City Wildlife and Name That Yellow Warbler!  All three of these cuties w...
09/27/2020

Sunday Funday, and it's time to play along with City Wildlife and Name That Yellow Warbler! All three of these cuties were found downtown by Lights Out volunteers this morning and re-released to continue on their migration. Can you tell them apart, and can you name them all? Answer in the comments :-)
[Hint: Right now we are seeing lots of immature/non-breeding birds, and their plumage may differ quite distinctly from their adult counterparts at this time of year!]

A story come full circle:  These six opossum babies were found still clinging to their dead mother in a DC alley.  After...
09/23/2020

A story come full circle: These six opossum babies were found still clinging to their dead mother in a DC alley. After some TLC and well, time to grow up, they were released back to the wild yesterday evening! Be happy, be safe, and never look back little ones! #WildlifeWednesday #VirginiaOpossum #speciesofgreatestconservationneed

This jewel-like Magnolia Warbler got a little turned around down on the National Mall- and what tourist hasn't really?  ...
09/21/2020

This jewel-like Magnolia Warbler got a little turned around down on the National Mall- and what tourist hasn't really? After assessment by our team and a quick rest, he was deemed fit to continue on his travels. #MigrationMonday #MagnoliaWarbler #NationalMall

We bring you a sleepy opossum snoot this #WildlifeWednesday . You're welcome. 😴
09/16/2020

We bring you a sleepy opossum snoot this #WildlifeWednesday . You're welcome. 😴

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General information

City Wildlife is located at 15 Oglethorpe St. NW, Washington DC 20011. We are open from 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. If you have found an injured or orphaned wild animal that may be in need of assistance, please call us at 202-882-1000 or visit our website, citywildlife.org.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(202) 882-1000

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City Wildlife was created to address the need for wildlife rescue and rehabilitation in Washington, DC. We are DC’s first and only Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Since opening in July of 2013, we have cared for over 10,000 animals, representing more than 90 different species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.

Our goals are:


  • To manage a rescue center to assist sick, orphaned, and injured wild animals and return them to the wild;

  • To promote the enjoyment of native wildlife and harmonious co-existence with wild animals; and
  • Nearby government services

    Comments

    Don't touch #venomous #poisonous
    Fingers and wings crossed!
    Hi City Wildlife, I can’t tell if this bird is injured, or a fledgling. Should I leave it where I found it?
    I’ve noticed a lot of good information about different animals and why they are good to have around us...can you do one about Groundhogs...their purpose..etc.
    Hello all! My facility Gladys Porter Zoo is hosting the NWRA conference 2020! We are super excited to be a part of this. Heres the link for more info and registration. https://nwrasymposium.org/overview
    Hello all! My facility Gladys Porter Zoo is hosting the NWRA conference 2020! We are super excited to be a part of this. Heres the link for more info and registration.
    Thank you for making me One of your top fans
    You guys suck. I'll never make the mistake of bringing an injured animal there again.
    Advice needed: What are some good ways to repel/deter cats naturally? I found 3 cardinal eggs in the bush outside my window. Now I'm really worried about neighbors' cats. They love playing in our big yard. I love them too but not with 3 baby birds coming. We don't have a sprinkler system and a fence does not stop them. My neighbors are very protective over their cats, so buying bird safe collar will not help since they won't put them on. I don't want to piss off my neighbors since we just moved into the house not long ago. So I'm looking for some natural repellent that will make our yard less attractive to cats so they stay away. Thanks a lot!
    My husband works in DC as a police officer and spotted a little red fox last night and the night before. Seems like his front right paw is injured as he hobbles around. He is around international drive and international place in D.C. I don’t know if anything can be done for the fox.
    Thank you for taking in another bald eagle!
    will you post an update on the eagle you rescued this evening?