It has recently come to my attention that people are regularly posting comments to our website with animal emergencies and questions. This is distressing because we are not notified when a comment is left, so all these wildlife emergencies have gone unattended because we did not know they existed.
We have attempted to disable the comments but we cannot apply it retroactively.
If you have a wildlife question or emergency, please visit our Wildlife Emergency or Problems with Wildlife page, or call our emergency hotline at 510-421-9897. Please DO NOT leave a comment here. You can also email us IF IT IS NOT AN EMERGENCY at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your understanding. Together we can help wildlife, teach, and solve your problem.
Saturday, June 16th was our first walk, and it went swimmingly! Here’s a seriously (dare I say tragically) truncated version of what we talked about, for all of you who were unable to attend.
The topic of the day was “a general social and natural history of Lake Merritt”. We met at the Pergola (the name for the columns between Grand Ave and Lakeshore), where Norah and I started the walk with a re-visioning of the area as it would have been 200 years ago. Lake Merritt would have been a tidal slough, rich with marsh vegetation like tule, saltgrass, and pickleweed. Herds of elk and pronghorn as well as grizzlies would have been lumbering through, and flocks of birds would have darkened the sky. Such is the scene Louis Peralta would have seen when he was 17 years old, surveying the area from the point that’s now Mills College.
We walked along the edge of the water and learned about the trees, plants, and animals that now populate the area, and Norah taught us about the City Beautiful and Sanitation Awakening movements that carried us into the 20th century.
Reaching the Bird Islands and feeding area, we were greeted by the ubiquitous Canadian geese and pigeons. A “gulp” (the word for a group of cormorants) was busy nesting in the island trees while we talked about them, the night herons, and the snowy egrets that make their home at the lake.
Continuing on to the boathouse, where the Lake Merritt Institute has its office, Norah talked about the impact WWII, unions, the Great Migration, and “white flight” had on Oakland’s economy. I talked about the Glen Echo watershed and the thousands of pounds of trash that the Lake Merritt Institute scoops out of the lake every year. Seven square miles of storm drain runoff from 50,000 Oakland residents- and all that detritus runs into the lake. No wonder trash cleanup is a full-time endeavor… thank you, Lake Merritt Institute, for all of your constant work!
After we had wandered halfway through the beautiful gardens at Lake Merritt, we stopped under the shade of a Giant Sequoia, where this gem was taken:
It wasn’t just us getting tired from the heat!
Norah taught us about some of the history and activities of the Black Panthers, and lots of walk attendees added their own stories and knowledge about the activism of this legendary group.
Our last stop was under one of the Deodar cedars by the lawn bowling fields. Norah and I wrapped up the talk by recapping some of the events that the lake has been a major player or backdrop in, and that to truly understand the history and ecology of an area, nothing should be considered too small or mundane to garner one’s attention.
Thanks to everyone who attended our inaugural walk!
A special thank you to Vanessa from Vee Horticulture for teaching me about the plants around the lake before this first walk, and Dr. Richard Bailey from the Lake Merritt Institute for giving Norah and I access to all the amazing information in the Lake Merritt Institute office and answering lots of our questions. And a big thank you to Norah Cook from Wild Oakland for being a co-presenter and really knowing her stuff about Oakland’s history!
See you next month!
The fawns have been growing up too! They are almost ready to go to Bambi BootCamp, the next level of their rehabilitation back into the wild.
As infants, they need special care for the first few months of their lives. They need to be bottle-fed and hand-cared-for. Once they graduate from nursing and are totally eating solid food, they are ready to move to Bambi BootCamp where they will have an entire ACRE of wilderness to safely explore, in the middle of the wilds. They will have little contact with humans and be able to watch wild adult deer wandering around, doing wild things. There, they will stay for a few more months, before the gates are opened to them and they are able to live free and wild.
Please wish the Fawn Class of 2012 good luck as they move closer to this first transition.
Thank you to foster volunteer Sutton Trout, transport volunteer Suzanne Stanton, and Stacy Johnson and her family, who are preparing Bambi BootCamp to welcome this Fawn Class of 2012 very soon.
Good work team!
As Spring progresses, our babies grow bigger and their needs for care change.
A baby squirrel who once needed to be bottle fed and snuggled into a nursery box, will grow into a rambunctious teenager who needs to climb and jump and learn how to not fall in a safe place before she can be released back into the wild. With this in mind, we built a new enclosure for the little baby Eastern Gray tree squirrels we raised from eyes-closed infants earlier this year.
Thanks to Whole Foods for produce donations and Berkeley Bowl West for help finding nuts so these kids could transition to solids and off formula.
These beautiful young squirrels are the same ones we received, eyes closed, back in March! My how they grow…
In partnership with Lisa Siewert and the San Francisco Unified School District, we had a wonderful Outdoor Adventure! Twelve kids plus their parents joined us for a talk and walk through Golden Gate Park to learn about the wildlife animals who lives there and explain the recent Beware Coyote signs. We had a wilderness hike and Treasure Hunt. We even saw a red tailed hawk land on a gopher just twenty feet from us! Here are some photos:
The Coyote signs are very important to raise awareness of the reality that there are families of Coyotes in Golden Gate Park and during the Spring baby season, we need to keep our dogs on leash and out of certain areas so as to not upset nesting mother coyotes. Our dogs are seen as a threat to their babies and they may respond aggressively to keep the babies safe. To avoid these confrontation, the City has installed these temporary trail closures and posted informative signs
Aside from learning about Coyotes, our students also went on a Wilderness treasure hunt. Among the many items they were asked to find, like a feather, they were asked to find something that is a mystery to them and something that is inspiring.
When this little boy chose this piece of charred wood as his “mystery” item, I was delighted. After explaining how it was made, we sat down and drew pictures with his piece of charcoal!
This young lady found a multicolored leaf that was quite inspiring, and also beautiful eucalyptus buttons sprouting the finest neon orange fur.
For my treasure hunt, as the item I found inspiring I chose this natural sculpture which is all that is left of an ancient tree.
It was a very fun and educational Outdoor Adventure.
Thank you to Lisa Siewert and the San Francisco Unified School District for facilitating and partnering with us for this excellent event. We look forward to the Fall when we can schedule more Outdoor Adventures!
Happy Spring everyone.
This is our first Spring since we lost our facility, last year, and we are ready!
After a few false-starts, trying to find a new facility, we are now utilizing the backyards of our trained volunteers, with satellite home-bases all over the San Francisco Bay Area! We have also stepped up our education programs and narrowed our focus to rehabilitating wildlife orphan babies and referring injured adults to other facilities. Next year we will restart our efforts to find a new facility, but for now, there are BABIES to take care of and CLASSES to offer!
Here are some pictures of our wildlife babies this Spring 2012:
We made the list as one of the TOP 10 Local grassroots nonprofits helping animals on HuffingtonPost today!
Please visit and cast your vote for Yggdrasil Urban Wildlife Rescue!
We had an excellent event today. Our presentation at the Crab Cove Visitor Center all about Raccoons took place this morning at 10am. Here is a photo retelling of this very fun event:
We arrived at the Crab Cove Visitor Center to see this wonderful sign announcing the day’s event, as well as a poster about it hanging in the message box. The Visitor Center lecture room had many interested boys and girls all set to learn about raccoons!
Megan was there with PoPo the Raccoon, to answer questions and meet the kids. Constance was going to make the presentation about Wonderful Raccoons.
Despite a couple of technical glitches, Constance did a great job presenting to the audience! We learned all about Herbivores, Carnivores and Omnivores, how raccoons climb up and down trees, and much much more, complete with demonstration and examples! PoPo and Megan also did a great job making the rounds, asking kids questions and getting to know them.
After the lecture, we all went outside for Raccoon-oriented Arts & Crafts! There were raccoon pictures to color, footprint stamps to press, and really cool bookmarks to take home as souvenirs!
Here are the two Cutest Pictures of the Day:
Great Job to Constance Taylor for her excellent presentation to the crowd of little ones!
Great job to Megan Isadore for organizing and coordinating this event!
Thank you to the Crab Cove Visitor Center. We look forward to many more child and adult oriented educational lectures with you in the future.
(special thank you to PoPo for taking time out of his busy springtime schedule to attend and talk about himself. Thanks PoPo!)
Please join us at Crab Cove on Saturday, March 3 for a fun presentation on raccoons. Great for the 4 years old and up crowd! 10-11AM, CRAB COVE VISITOR CENTER & AQUARIUM, 1252 McKay Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501 Phone: (510) 544-3187 e-mail: email@example.com We’ll have lots of pictures, video, stories of our lovely wild raccoons, and a fun project for the little kids.