Snow damage forces Portland Audubon employees to hike to wildlife center

After the historic April snowstorm, there is no way to drive to the Portland Audubon Society right now.
Published: Apr. 12, 2022 at 12:15 PM PDT
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PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) - Neither snow, nor downed trees and power lines can keep the great people at the Portland Audubon from getting to work and caring for their wildlife patients.

After the historic April snowstorm, there is no way to drive to the Portland Audubon right now. Those who work there, park and hike in. It’s uphill and about a mile.

While it’s par for the course a couple times a year during the metro areas snowstorms, the spring snow surprise interrupted nesting time.

“We’re there every single day, 365 days a year. Rain, snow or whatever,” said Bob Sallinger, director of conservation at Portland Audubon.

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The wildlife care center takes care of about 6,000 animals a year. Right now, the center is caring for about 50 different birds.

Spring, of course, is a busy time for wildlife and their young.

“Right now, we have a lot of nesting and fledgling hummingbirds, and those birds at that age need to be fed on an hourly schedule or they simply won’t survive,” Sallinger said.

The wildlife center is really a wildlife hospital where wounds are healed and fractures mended. Surgery and physical therapy also happens at the center, all in the hopes of returning these feathered patients back into the wild.

Because of the road conditions, Portland Audubon is asking people if you see a hurt or orphaned bird, for now, take it to DoveLewis.