The Wildlife Center also has need of a variety of supplies that are hand-crafted. We do have plans and instructions for each of these projects below.
Cutting & Taping
- Tail guards
When raptors are admitted to the Wildlife Center, they often require an extended stay in the Wildlife Center's clinic. This means they may be housed in small enclosures while they heal. During this time, the veterinary team apply tail guards to the birds' tails -- a stiff plastic cover that prevents breakage in the tail feathers. These tail guard instructions simply require cutting and taping, though do also require a special kind of plastic file folder for waterproof protection. Current need: BADO and GHOW tail guards.
- Raptor Wrappers
The veterinary staff use "raptor wrappers" at the Wildlife Center on "weigh days" -- the wrappers are useful tools to quickly contain raptors for weighing, making the weighing process safer for both birds and humans. Current need: We could use more XXL for raptors at the Center, and are happy to share extras with other wildlife rehabilitators.
Other sewing projects include making foot wraps for pelagic birds and other birds with sensitive feet. While these aquatic birds often swim during the day during their hospitalization, the staff will "dry dock" the birds at night. During this time, it's important to keep those sensitive feet protected so that the birds don't injure themselves. Please note that these instructions specify which material to use -- other soft, pre-shrunk, non-loopy fabric will also work. Current need: Yes! Particularly small and medium sizes.
- Program Crate Covers
Every time an education ambassador animal participates in an on-site or off-site program, the animal travels in a crate. A crate cover provides the animal with privacy as it travels; the covers also add to the professional look of the Wildlife Center outreach team. Please contact the outreach team at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss current need, supplies, and plans!
The rehabilitation staff uses a variety of reptariums for songbirds each year -- meaning that we have a lot in use during the busy summer months! While reptariums can be purchased through reptile supply vendors, they can also be created by those with sewing skills! Current need: Yes, please!
For additional information, please contact the Wildlife Center at email@example.com.