Leaps and Bounds - Wildlife Fawn Rescue

Leaps and Bounds - Wildlife Fawn Rescue

Leaps and Bounds Fawn Rescue 2016 FALL Edition Designed and Edited by Kathy Aanestad FALL UPDATE ! This year our fawn season began on April 3rd. The...

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Leaps and Bounds Fawn Rescue 2016 FALL Edition

Designed and Edited by Kathy Aanestad

FALL UPDATE ! This year our fawn season began on April 3rd. The first call came in about a tiny fawn curled up under an oak tree near Annadel State Park. This fawn was healthy just catching a quick nap while mom was out getting her energy back. After this call we again physically responded to over 110 calls by traveling to various sites, just a few more than last year at this time. Our phone line is always popular, with over 1000 calls since April, some calls from people in other states desperate for information on how to care for fawns because their county or state does not have a program in place to care for wildlife. Fawn Rescue covers every mile of Sonoma County purely with your donations. We do not receive any other funding.

- by Matt Wolfe I was extremely grateful for our new Fawn Mobile, which made it possible for me to respond to each call without a worry. I am confident our old Nissan truck would not have made it another year. It is important to report our new satellite pens were also a success. The responsibility of up to four fawns under a volunteer's care is not an easy one. This task is the most crucial to Fawn Rescue success. With all but one pen empty, the fawn season is almost over. I can't thank everyone enough for coming together and making 2016 a huge success. We had a few bumps in the road, but we made it and our fawns are enjoying their new chance at life. The next time you see a deer it could have been a fawn we rescued together.

Marj Davis Steps Down, Carol Stenlund Steps Up! Founder of Fawn Rescue, Marjorie Davis, has stepped down as President of the Board of Directors. It is with deep gratitude and affection that we wish her all the best in her 'retirement'...although she doesn't plan on leaving Fawn Rescue any time soon. She is now 'officially' a volunteer to assist our Animal Care Coordinator, Matt Wolfe, in all things fawn-related. Marj says, "My true love has always been hands-on work with Sonoma County orphaned, ill and injured fawns. Now that I have resigned as President of Fawn Rescue’s Board of Directors, I will return to my original goal. Matt is in charge of all fawn-care. I am completely content, totally satisfied, to be able to continue working as a volunteer under his guidance." For over 27 years, Marj has worked tirelessly to do everything humanly possible to return her little charges back to the wild where they belong. Can you imagine how many people she has encountered, how many fawns she has rescued, how many vet visits she made, how many questions she has answered and how many children she has influenced over the years? Thank you Marj for a life filled with purpose for being an advocate for nature and

the environment, and for loving fawns. Fawn Rescue's new President is Carol Stenlund. She too loves wildlife, is an advocate for leaving space for wildlife, is concerned about habitat and a proponent for a wildlife corridor. The photo is of Matt Wolfe, Marj Davis, and Carol Stenlund. Join us in welcoming Carol and saying 'THANK YOU' to Marj Davis!!

Photo by Kathy Aanestad

Fawn Rescue • P.O. Box 1622 • Sonoma, CA 95476 • (707) 931-4550 www.fawnrescue.org

Fawn Rescue FALL Newsletter 2016

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UPCOMING EVENTS! Mark Your Calendar!

SUPPORT FR WHEN YOU SHOP – AN UPDATE Just a reminder that you can support Fawn Rescue when you shop in person or online. If all of us do this, and encourage our family and friends to do the same, we can help Fawn Rescue cover ongoing expenses for fawn care. Visit our website for more information. Every dollar helps!

Go to our Facebook page and ‘LIKE’ us! For more info and stories, visit our website: fawnrescue.org. Scan our QR code with your mobile phone now! It will take you to our website where you can read more in-depth articles. You can connect with our PayPal link as well. Try it! Click here to donate.

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Page 3 by Matt Wolfe, Fawn Rescue’s Animal Care Coordinator

From early April to late September, Sonoma County fawns find ways to get themselves in all types of trouble. One memorable call I received took me on an unexpected adventure. ! Karen, our caller, was on her normal morning walk up and back down the hills of Fountain Grove when she heard a sharp cry, that seemed to be coming from underground. Karen's curiosity got the best of her and she cautiously began to investigate unsure of what she might find. After some of the bushes came up empty she heard the sound again. She was certain it had come from the storm drain. From a few feet away Karen could only see two pointy ears pacing back and forth. After inching closer she was sure it had to be a fawn. Karen did not have her phone so she ran over to a near by retirement home and pleaded for help. The receptionist made a few calls and ended up on the phone with Fawn Rescue. Karen was satisfied that help was on the way and she went on with her day. Pam, the receptionist didn't have much to say to me but “we have a fawn stuck in a storm drain, can you help?'' Not really knowing what I was getting into I hurriedly gathered a few items and made my way to Fountain Grove. ! The ride to a fawn call is the best time to formulate a plan, but I could not picture which type of storm drain to prepare for. There is no one type of storm drain. My best guess was this fawn must be stuck in some metal grate and it simply needed help getting back on its feet and possibly tending to some wounds. Pam gave me directions and assured me a maintenance worker would meet me at

the storm drain in question. I soon met Victor, the head of the maintenance department, along the road and he pointed to the curb, “There it is”. Somehow this fawn slid under a small opening in the curb and there it was still pacing back and forth. It would spring up and just slide down the concrete walls. My first thought was to simply take off the concrete man hole and reach in. The drain was not that deep so my plan seemed reasonable. Victor assured me that the cover will not move. He and a few co-workers had no such luck lifting it up. ! I had to give it a few tries. No luck, it didn't even budge. Now what, I thought? This fawn is under a lot of stress, how much more can it take? I watched the ears go back and forth and every now and again, it would spring up. With no clear plan, I decided to reach in and see what happened. My hand followed him from side to side a few times. He eventually sprung up. Oh, I just missed getting my hand under his stomach. But this could work. Still following this fawn with my hand, it sprung up this time right into my hands! I luckily snatched it up and was able to gently squeeze him through that small opening in the curb. Surprised he was free, I inspected him and only found a few minor scratches. Victor and I both agreed this fawn was healthy and should get back to mom as soon as possible. We have always had the philosophy of nature knows best. A few days later Victor sent me a few photos of a big doe with our friend following closely behind.

Fawn Rescue • P.O. Box 1622 • Sonoma, CA 95476 • (707) 931-4550 www.fawnrescue.org

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Fawn Rescue FALL Newsletter 2016

Fawn Rescue P.O. Box 1622 Sonoma, CA 95476




Each year, FR’s education program offers free wildlife presentations for school children and similar interested groups. Our talks focus on the natural history of Sonoma County native wildlife and ways to help keep these animals wild and safe from human impacts. Enhancing the program is our collection of twelve mounted animal specimens which are attractively displayed in cases. Children love to be able to closely examine the fawn, coyote, bobcat, hare, skunk, squirrel, brush rabbit, turkey vulture, fox, hornet nest, badger and raccoon. ! The goal of our education program is to inspire as many young people as possible to appreciate the wildlife around them and to be motivated to protect them into the future. Many children have never seen such a tiny fawn and they love to hear about FR’s work rescuing and rehabilitating these fragile creatures. Our hope is that learning about the natural behavior of fawns and other local animals will not only enhance a child’s awe and respect for these critters but will affect their behavior toward them when they experience them firsthand. We encourage children to advocate for wildlife by spreading their knowledge of wildlife. Their voices may be small but they can make a BIG impact.

! The rewards of working in education for FR are many. Our programs are always free of charge because we believe in the importance of our message and would never exploit wildlife for that cause. In a day and age when school budgets are shrinking, the appreciation of teachers for our program is palpable. But, most rewarding is working with the children. They never cease to impress us with their care and concern for our wild neighbors. It is impossible to walk away from any FR education event without a renewed sense of hope for our local wildlife.

A thank you note from a student to Julie.