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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Tern suffers horrific fishing line injury

Three ovenbirds and a sandwich tern were among the 56 animals admitted to the von Arx Wildlife Hospital at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida last week. Other admissions include two eastern screech owls, an osprey, a black vulture, a Florida box turtle and 12 grey squirrels.

Previous Blogs

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

July 9, 2013
Wildlife Hospital: Gone Batty!

June 19, 2013
Wildlife Hospital: Baby Bird Bonanza

June 11, 2013
Wildlife Hospital: Almost 100 Animals Admitted

June 5, 2013
Wildlife Hospital: Baby Bonanza

May 22, 2013
Wildlife Hospital: Babies Galore

May 15, 2013
Wildlife Hospital Feathered Friends

May 8, 2013
Wildlife Hospital Turtle and Owl Tales

May 1, 2013
Turtle Trouble

April 17, 2013
Home Care Not Good for Wildlife

April 10, 2013
A Busy Week for Birds

April 4, 2013
Surrogate Mom to the Rescue

March 26, 2013
Hooked Turkey Vulture

March 21, 2013
Owls and Ospreys

March 12, 2013
Help from a Lot of Friends

March 6, 2013
Owlet Gets a New "Mom" and Short Stay for a Surprise Guest

February 26, 2013
Human Intervention Saves Wildlife

February 20, 2013
Rescue Dangling on the Edge

February 13, 2013
Bats and Snakes Treated

February 5, 2013
First Sign of Babies and a Snared Snake

January 29, 2013
Toxins and Foxes

January 25, 2013
A Life Hangs in the Balance

January 15, 2013
Injuries can be avoided

January 8, 2012
Helpful Hands

December 19, 2012
Helpful Hands

December 12, 2012
Do Not Disturb

December 5, 2012
Broken Wings and Disoriented Fox

November 27, 2012
"Relay" Group Effort Helps Save Wildlife

November 20, 2012
Window Woes and Pet Problems 

November 13, 2012
Window Woes and Pet Problems 

November 7, 2012
Avoidable Tragedy

October 31, 2012
Toxins and Trash Dumps

October 24, 2012
Conservancy von Arx Wildlife Hospital: Human Intervention has Bad Consequences for Bunnies

October 16, 2012
Heed advice from wildlife experts

October 3, 2012
Conservancy Wildlife Clinic Replaced with von Arx Wildlife Hospital

September 25, 2012
Nature and Pets Hard on Wildlife this Week

September 18, 2012

September 12, 2012
Lessons Learned

September 6, 2012
Increased admissions keep Conservancy Clinic busy

August 29, 2012
Wildlife Woes Continue

August 21, 2012
Babies Need Professional Care

August 14, 2012
Cars and Soccer Nets Hazardous to Wildlife

August 8, 2012
Foxes and Bunnies Make for an Exciting Week

July 18, 2012
Call first when you find injured wildlife!

July 13, 2012
Months of Care and Hard Work Pay Off

July 2, 2012
Impacts of Debby and In-Home Care

June 26, 2012
Conservancy Wildlife Clinic

June 19, 2012
Watch for Gopher Tortoises under Your Car

June 13, 2012
Take care of yourself when helping wildlife

June 1, 2012
Cars and At-Home "Care" Difficulties

May 18, 2012
A Volunteer efforts and caring public make a difference

May 15, 2012
Fox kits, fledglings and a Florida softshell make for a busy week

May 4, 2012
Fox kits, fledglings and a Florida softshell make for a busy week

May 1, 2012
Window Woes and Amazing Volunteers

April 20, 2012
Tangles, Interruptions and Releases

April 16, 2012
Mixed bag of admits and injuries

March 30, 2012
Fledglings and 22 Tons of Rock

March 27, 2012
Remarkable rescue and visiting birds

March 16, 2012
Volunteers Crucial to Success

March 9, 2012
Plight of the Pelican

March 5, 2012
Bunny banter and no wildlife as pets, please!

February 24, 2012
Snagged, saddened and new beginnings

February 17, 2012
Stinky and Flighty!

February 13, 2012
Assorted cases with mixed results

February 6, 2012
Orphans arrival and trapped birds make for a diverse week

January 30, 2012
Fishing lines and cool weather make for an interesting week

January 20, 2012
At-Home Care Produces Disastrous Results

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