About Us

2012 STATISTICS

899 animals cared for
  • 660 Native Birds – Release percentage 71%
  • Songbirds, Birds of Prey, Waterfowl and Game Birds
  • 110 Native Mammals/Reptiles  – Release percentage 94%
  • Fawn, Raccoon, Chipmunks, Western Grey Squirrels, Douglas Squirrels, Northern Flying Squirrels, Golden Mantel Squirrel, Brush Rabbits, Western Pond and Western Painted Turtles, Mink, Otter, Skunk
  • 129 Non-Natives and Domestics
  • Domestics are transferred to rescue groups and Non Natives have to be euthanized.  The public often finds domestic ducks, chickens, tortoises or rabbits that are lost or abandoned and often injured and there are no resources for these.
We expect these statistics to easily double over the next few years as more and more of the public are aware that we exist. Helpline:  2,800 calls recorded.  Unique educational resource for the public as many of the calls are protecting the wildlife, leaving them in their natural habitat.  We work on re-nesting and non-lethal solutions for  “nuisance” wildlife issues.  Our Helpline is valued at $47,000 utilizing the volunteer hours spent.

WHO WE ARE AND HOW WE PERFORM

  • Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center received its non-profit status October 2005.
  • Permitted by Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife and US Fish & Wildlife to care for injured or orphaned Oregon native wildlife.  We are permitted for Birds, Mammals and Raptors.
  • Operated by a Wildlife Rehabilitator and 62 volunteers
  • We are the only full species Wildlife Center in Marion & Polk Counties
  • Our Helpline operates 7 days a week, 365 days a year from 8AM to 8PM April through October and 8AM to 6PM November through March.
  • Our Helpline provides a unique educational resource for the public as many of the calls are ultimately protecting the wildlife by leaving them in their natural habitat.  We work on re-nesting and non-lethal solutions for “nuisance” wildlife issues.  Our Helpline is valued at $47,000 utilizing the volunteer hours spent.
  • Our center is manned 24 hours a day from April through October and 8 hours a day from November through March.
  • We belong to and attend symposiums presented by the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council and National Wildlife Rehabilitation Association to enhance our skills and to maintain state of the art educational information.
  • Our medical clinic has equipment (Portable Digital Xray, Anesthesia, Microscope) for many diagnoses that we can perform ourselves and a local veterinarian provides us use of his license to purchase prescription medicines we utilize.  Two veterinarians also provide us pro-bono consultations and surgeries when needed as well as euthanasia of mammals that we are unable to do ourselves.

VOLUNTEERS

Our volunteers provide:
  • Animal Care (3 six hour shifts per day with average 3 volunteers per shift).  The core group of volunteers have been with TRWC for many years and are highly skilled.  They are involved in training new volunteers and each have unique skills they provide.
  • Gatherers, Growers & Gardeners Group involve the community in helping us with our food costs.  We utilize 40,000 mealworms a year and a few people now breed these for us.  They also pick berries in season, sprout wheat grass and make complicated recipes we have developed for Beavers, Porcupine, Squirrels and Insect Eating songbirds.
  • Corks & Caps for Critters is a group of 3 volunteers who have solicited wine corks and beer caps from taverns, wineries, retail stores and restaurants all around the Salem & Portland area.  We sell these on EBay and earn on average $6,000 a year which we restrict to pay our phone, gas and electric utility bills.  All these volunteers make the rounds monthly to collect, one concentrates on soliciting new supporters, another sorts and counts the corks and another sells on EBay and ships.
  • Maintenance  Volunteers are needed to help us with construction and to maintain the property.  We have 3 volunteers who take care of the grounds and 1 that does repairs and handyman work.  Groups such as Americorp, Rotary, Willamette University Biology Club, OSU Vet students, Boy Scouts and local school groups have helped us with building projects, painting and planting trees & shrubs.
  • Rescue  2 volunteers provide rescue and transport.  There are many times the public cannot bring an animal to us or we do not want the risk of injury to them so we capture and transport.  One of these volunteers put 3800 miles on her vehicle in 2011.
  • Helpline  2 volunteers help us answer the phone by transferring to their home phones 3-4 times a week, allowing us the undisturbed time in the center for animal care.
  • Administrative  Our accounting has been provided for 3 years by a volunteer who is also a tax consultant.  She not only keeps our basic accounting in order but she sends thank you letters to all donors and developed a database in ACCESS that now has 3,980 entries and is critical for the new fundraising model we are implementing.
  • Development & Fundraising & Education Outreach In 2013 we will better be able to measure the volunteer hours that are contributed toward these categories.  At present we cannot but there are many volunteer hours dedicated by the board and its various committees in these categories.
  • Founder, Wildlife Rehabilitator & Animal Care Director Has been permitted since 2001 and provided 11 years of volunteerism in all capacities.

Our volunteer hours in Animal Care alone can be valued at $334,000 a year if we were to use the $17 an hour federal rate established for volunteer hours. 

I am proud to say that we developed a passionate and dedicated volunteer program which has been the most critical component in being able to provide skilled care to 1,000’s of animals over the years.

 FACILITY

Currently have:

1200 sq ft building with:

  • Medical Clinic
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Mammal Room
  • Bird Room

Maintenance Shed Storage Shed Food Storage Shed “Ridge” with native plants

Outside Habitats:

  • Raccoon enclosure (housing for 30 maximum during “wild up” stage)
  • Deer Barn and Habitat (has electric)
  • Crow Pen
  • Squirrel Pen
  • Waterfowl Habitat with pond and 4 huts plus food storage.  Is used as flight aviary for larger songbirds before release. (has electric)
  • Songbird aviary for small birds before release
  • Beaver/Otter pen with pool
  • Enclosure for Golden Eagle (Ambassador)
  • Enclosure for Kestrel/Hawk (Ambassadors)
Hoping to build within 2 years
  • Raptor flight pen (can now only creance fly before release or transfer to another rehabber with flight pen)
  • Separate building for bird rehabilitation and another for mammals – current building would be used for clinic/kitchen/office.
  • Small building for volunteer lockers, breaks and overnight stays during mammal neonate season.
  • Another songbird pre-release aviary
  • Mammal enclosure for fox/bobcat etc)
  • (2) enclosures to use for large animals being treated for injuries (porcupine/geese/beaver) that can be heated/lights.
  • Well (water currently being pumped from residence on property and water taxed in late summer)
  • Privacy fencing with shrubs around acreage
  • Songbird aviary for non-releasable songbirds in public area.  Pre-Approved by USFW.
  • Interpretive trail and signage that will pass by waterfowl habitat and into public area of Ambassador birds.