Joanna’s Wildlife Blog:
A Week at the von Arx Wildlife Hospital

Joanna Fitzgerald, Director, von Arx wildlife Hospital at Conservancy of Southwest Florida

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Roadside rescuer stays with injured vulture

A black vulture and three gray squirrels were among the 37 animals admitted to the von Arx Wildlife Hospital at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida this past week. Other admissions include a diamondback terrapin, a pied-billed grebe, a rose-breasted grosbeak and a marsh rabbit.

Previous Blogs

October 28
Do not care for injured wildlife on your own

October 21
Bald eagle struck by passing car

October 14
Gunshot wounds prove fatal for two different animals

October 7
Seven turtles admitted after car strikes

September 30
Humanity shines during hard week at the hospital

September 23
Baby squirrel's tail accidentally buzzed by saw

September 14
Tern suffers horrific fishing line injury

September 9
Owl found in bucket with latex paint and water

September 2
Golf course reunites baby squirrels with mom

August 26
Volunteer helps injured bald eagle found on I-75

August 19
Turtle suffers fatal injury crossing roadway

August 12
Landscapers inadvertently destroy nest, rescue baby squirrel

August 5
Baby birds bond with surrogate

July 28
Baby cardinal admitted with head injury

July 21
Injured skimmer found on golf course

July 14
Injured animals need professional care

July 7
Baby pelican admitted to von Arx Wildlife Hospital

June 18
59 baby bats admitted, released

June 11
Snake surgery success!

June 4
Litter: More harmful than you realize

May 28
Cat attacks responsible for multiple admissions

May 21
Four Cooper's hawk nestlings successfully re-nested

May 14
Bald eagle release an awesome sight

May 7
104 animals admitted

April 30
Multiple hawks fall from their nests

April 23
Baby woodpeckers rescued after falling from their nest

April 16
Dramatic re-nesting a huge success

April 9
Abnormal spike in royal tern admissions

March 26
72 animals admited this week

March 19
Osprey chicks re-nested atop channel marker

March 12
Pest control poisons can have devastating impacts to wildlife

March 5
Screech owl found stuck to glue board

February 26
Keep an eye on your pet, keep wildlife safe

February 19
Tree service company helps with owlet re-nesting

February 12
Owlets rescued after 60 foot fall

February 5
Raccoon rescue prompts rabies discussion

January 22
Two bald eagles admitted in same week

January 15
Team goes extra mile to rescue red rat snake

January 8
You have the power to ease an animal's suffering

December 25
Baby rabbits, baby raccoon rehabilitated

December 18
15 pelicans injured by fishing tackle

December 11
Baby raccoon rescued by homeowner

November 13
Two hawks found on SWFL roadways

November 6
Otter, bobcat both victims of car strikes

October 30
Baby squirrels rescued after fall from tree

October 23
Emaciated duck nursed back to health

October 16, 2013
Avoid feeding sick, injured wildlife 

October 9, 2013
Collaborative Effort Saves Baby Bunnies

October 2, 2013
Two birds treated for gunshot wounds

September 25, 2013
Secretive Bird Admitted to von Arx

September 18, 2013
Turtle Rescue a Family Affair

September 11, 2013
Police officers rescue stranded osprey

September 4, 2013
Entanglement and Cat Attacks

August 27, 2013
In and Out of Water

August 21
Sometimes Less Care is More

August 14, 2013
Rescues and Safety Lessons

August 7, 2013
"Human injuries"

August 2, 2013
Babies Still Arriving!

July 24, 2013
Over 100 Treated!

July 17, 2013
Wildlife Hospital: Injuries and Sickness