Second Chance Wildlife Center in Gaithersburg, MD

Second Chance Wildlife Center in Gaithersburg, MD Providing compassionate, rehabilitative care to orphaned, ill and injured wild animals, and advising our community on helping wildlife. www.scwc.org.
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Mission Statement: Providing compassionate, rehabilitative care to orphaned, ill and injured wild animals, and advising our community on helping wildlife.

Mission Statement: Providing compassionate, rehabilitative care to orphaned, ill and injured wild animals, and advising our community on helping wildlife.

Mission: Providing compassionate care to orphaned, ill, and injured wild animals and advising our community on helping wildlife.

Operating as usual

We treat hundreds of squirrels each year. Why do you appreciate squirrels? Please post your responses below. #SquirrelAp...
01/21/2021

We treat hundreds of squirrels each year. Why do you appreciate squirrels? Please post your responses below. #SquirrelAppreciationDay

What else can people do to help wildlife in 2021? Post your ideas in the comments section below. www.SCWC.org  And, for ...
12/29/2020

What else can people do to help wildlife in 2021? Post your ideas in the comments section below. www.SCWC.org And, for more details on the items in this list, read below:

Apply decorative window clings to avoid bird strikes. Hundreds of people call Second Chance Wildlife Center each year seeking help when a bird strikes their window – and for many of the birds, it is too late.

Check trees for nests before trimming, and check your lawn before mowing. Whether trimming trees yourself or hiring professionals, first look for active bird and squirrel (most common March through October in our area). And, when it comes to mowing your lawn, even just a quick scan of the ground can help avoid the horror of hacking an innocent animal with sharp blades.

Never use glue traps for pest control, or garden netting. Removing suffering songbirds birds and other unintended victims of glue traps is a far too frequent task for wildlife rehabilitators – and doing it correctly takes a great deal of time and expertise. Even then, many die. Similarly, garden netting can cause suffering, injuries, and death to innocent birds, snakes, and some small mammals.

Don’t use lead-based fishing or hunting equipment. Bald Eagles, other raptors, and waterfowl, are frequently brought to wildlife rehabilitators suffering from lead poisoning after eating fish or other animals with lead objects inside their bodies or high levels in their bloodstreams, or by directly ingesting improperly discarded lead objects.

Plant a pollinator garden to support birds, butterflies and the ecosystem.

Support your local wildlife rehabilitators. Facilities like Second Chance Wildlife Center in Gaithersburg provide a unique, licensed service benefitting wildlife and people, and they rely on donations to exist. And, websites like www.SCWC.org provide all of the information you need – from how to tell the difference between a suffering nestling on the ground and a fledgling learning how to fly, what to carry in your car, who to call and when, etc.

We are concerned about the impact the pandemic has had on our donations and what that might mean for our animal care cap...
12/21/2020

We are concerned about the impact the pandemic has had on our donations and what that might mean for our animal care capacity in 2021. Please give if you can. If you have already given, please consider a second gift if you are able. You can donate here on FB, at www.SCWC.org, or by check sent to Second Chance Wildlife Center 7101 Barcellona Dr., Gaithersburg, MD 20879. Thank you very much.

People were surprised to learn that in July we admitted a Cattle Egret found on the property of a Rockville, MD medical ...
12/14/2020

People were surprised to learn that in July we admitted a Cattle Egret found on the property of a Rockville, MD medical facility. Like all of the other animals we care for, Cattle Egrets give people gifts every day and we want to save each one.

"Your heart is slightly larger than normal, but that's because you're an animal rescuer." Let's all give thanks to the A...
12/10/2020

"Your heart is slightly larger than normal, but that's because you're an animal rescuer." Let's all give thanks to the Animal Rescuers/Rehabilitators at Second Chance and everywhere!

Planning on giving to Second Chance? HOP TO IT!
12/09/2020

Planning on giving to Second Chance? HOP TO IT!

Each year we save many turtles that have been hit by cars and lawnmowers. Your donation today will help us care for othe...
12/08/2020

Each year we save many turtles that have been hit by cars and lawnmowers. Your donation today will help us care for others in 2021. GIve here, or at www.SCWC.org, or by check sent to 7101 Barcellona Dr., Gaithersburg, MD 20879. Thank you.

12/07/2020
A Classic Holiday Season SCWC Release

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. (VOLUME UP!) This hawk couldn't fly when it arrived, but after many weeks of compassionate, expert care, he was released at the exact spot where he was found in winter 2019.

12/06/2020
Our needs for funds continues. Please help us give them a second chance at life in the wild. www.scwc.org
12/04/2020

Our needs for funds continues. Please help us give them a second chance at life in the wild. www.scwc.org

Continuing our series of posts educating everyone on gifts that wildlife give people every day. Please give them a secon...
12/02/2020

Continuing our series of posts educating everyone on gifts that wildlife give people every day. Please give them a second chance at life back in the wild with a donation to Second Chance Wildlife Center in Gaithersburg, MD. www.SCWC.org

It's HERE! On #GivingTuesday (and all year round) please remember Second Chance and give as you are able. Donate here on...
11/30/2020

It's HERE! On #GivingTuesday (and all year round) please remember Second Chance and give as you are able. Donate here on Facebook, on our website www.scwc.org, or by check to Second Chance Wildlife Center 7101 Barcellona Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20879. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Shopping online? The Amazon Smile Foundation will donate to Second Chance for each purchase you make. Just enter Amazon ...
11/29/2020

Shopping online? The Amazon Smile Foundation will donate to Second Chance for each purchase you make. Just enter Amazon through www.Smile.Amazon.com and designate us a beneficiary on your first visit. After entering through Smile.Amazon.com, the rest of the shopping experience is the same as using Amazon.com. An extra step - but worth it to give wildlife a second chance at life.

Each species we care for at Second Chance has a gift to give. Won't you gift them with a second chance at life back in t...
11/29/2020

Each species we care for at Second Chance has a gift to give. Won't you gift them with a second chance at life back in the wild? www.SCWC.org

Hummingbirds are such a treat to watch, but they also gift us as pollinators - key to the growth of new plants and to mu...
11/28/2020

Hummingbirds are such a treat to watch, but they also gift us as pollinators - key to the growth of new plants and to much of the food we eat. You can imagine how challenging it can be to heal them when they are injured, but we have a skilled team with great expertise.

We continue with our Holiday 2020 "Gifts Wildlife Give to Us" theme - today featuring OWLS! In addition to controlling r...
11/27/2020

We continue with our Holiday 2020 "Gifts Wildlife Give to Us" theme - today featuring OWLS! In addition to controlling rodent populations, they are beautiful to see and fascinating. You can give back to them with a gift to Second Chance Wildlife Center so that we can continue to help owls in the future. www.SCWC.org

This Wild Turkey wandered into the garage of a home near our facility with injuries similar to those of being hit by a c...
11/26/2020

This Wild Turkey wandered into the garage of a home near our facility with injuries similar to those of being hit by a car. After weeks of treatment (requiring 2 staff members to handle this 4-foot tall fella), he recovered and was released not far from where he was found (and where other wild turkeys frequently roam). Thanks to your support, we made it a very happy Thanksgiving for him! Join us each day between now and December 31st as we celebrate the gifts wildlife give to people each day, then consider giving them a gift through SCWC.org

Second Chance is so thankful for the years and years of support from The Backyard Naturalist in Olney. We're also loving...
11/25/2020

Second Chance is so thankful for the years and years of support from The Backyard Naturalist in Olney. We're also loving their no-contact, parking lot pick-up service https://thebackyardnaturalist.com

A special "Thank You" to RowanLark Bed & Breakfast in Olney for your support in 2020 and for embracing the birds, frogs,...
11/25/2020

A special "Thank You" to RowanLark Bed & Breakfast in Olney for your support in 2020 and for embracing the birds, frogs, and other wildlife that find your property as welcoming as your guests do.

Need some good news? Our Holiday 2020 Newsletter is available online right now and features heartwarming stories of rele...
11/23/2020

Need some good news? Our Holiday 2020 Newsletter is available online right now and features heartwarming stories of releases, lots of animal photos, and more. Click the link
http://www.scwc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/SCWC-Holiday-2020-Newsletter-11-4-202.pdf

UPDATE: 11/6: It is with a heavy heart that we inform you the  Bald Eagle admitted earlier this week passed away from le...
11/04/2020

UPDATE: 11/6: It is with a heavy heart that we inform you the Bald Eagle admitted earlier this week passed away from lead poisoning. The levels of lead in his blood upon arrival at our center were incredibly high even though x-rays showed no signs of lead objects in its body at that time. Our team worked tirelessly to try to comfort him and save him (tube feeding, providing oxygen and medications, etc.).Thank you for your support and kind words.

Original post:
On the morning after Election Day 2020, this gorgeous bald eagle was brought to us with all of the symptoms of lead poisoning. We'd greatly appreciate your support to help us do all we can for this iconic symbol of America. ❤️🇺🇸www.SCWC.org

11/02/2020
Please enjoy this blog post by one of our supporters in which she shares her most recent experience with an injured bird...
10/26/2020
A Second Chance for a Little Bird - Main Street Vegan

Please enjoy this blog post by one of our supporters in which she shares her most recent experience with an injured bird and Second Chance. Thank you, Leigh Scott and MainStreetVegan.net! https://mainstreetvegan.net/a-second-chance-for-a-little-bird/

by Leigh Scott, VLCE posted Oct 20, 2020 On a glorious day in early September, my husband Mark and I went hiking with our two dogs along the banks of the Potomac River. The oppressive summer heat had finally broken, and it was a perfect day to go outdoors. The sky was cloudless and bright,... Read M...

10/21/2020
A squirrel covered in sticky, hardened insulation foam was brought to us - it's mouth and one eye were almost completely...
09/17/2020

A squirrel covered in sticky, hardened insulation foam was brought to us - it's mouth and one eye were almost completely sealed shut. Our amazing Clinic Director sedated him, then she painstakingly and expertly removed the foam section by section for over an hour - with special care around the eyes, nose and mouth. After the removal, his mouth was very sore and he required hand-feeding through a syringe. A month later he was eating on his own. We placed him with other squirrels his age for companionship. Two months later, most of his fur had grown back and he was thriving in our outdoor enclosure. Two weeks later, he was released back to the wild along with his new companions. ANOTHER SECOND CHANCE SUCCESS STORY! www.scwc.org

07/28/2020
Vulture Release

Releasing wildlife that we have rehabilitated is incredibly rewarding and something we celebrate each and every time. It usually takes weeks of hard work (and lots of loving care) by our team to reach this point.

Are you seeing fledglings at the base of trees, bushes or your front porches? This guide may help you identify some that...
07/13/2020

Are you seeing fledglings at the base of trees, bushes or your front porches? This guide may help you identify some that are common in our area. Remember, fledglings are preparing to leave the nest and fly, so it is not uncommon to see them on the ground learning from Mom and/or Dad. Call us if you have concerns (301-926-9453). We answer thousands of calls and care for hundreds of baby birds each year. Your support through donations is always needed. www.SCWC.org

image source: Wild Bird Fund

Great and important advice from our friends at The Backyard Naturalist.
07/09/2020
Mold Alert! Time to check your feeders. - The Backyard Naturalist

Great and important advice from our friends at The Backyard Naturalist.

Please check your feeders today. If you see mold, or clumping (a sign of pre-mold dampness), and/or the seed doesn’t smell fresh and nutty, dispose of the seed and clean the feeder thoroughly with hot soapy water. For more info, see ‘How to Clean Bird Feeders‘ on our website.

07/02/2020
Friends of Blackwater NWR

Friends of Blackwater NWR

Recently on our Blackwater NWR Osprey Cam we saw a Bald Eagle couple sunning themselves -- one on the platform and one on the cam arm. The National Eagle Center reports that the main reasons for this behavior is that spreading their wings and puffing out their body feathers helps to release heat in warm weather (as does holding out a talon). Feathers provide insulation, so opening their wings helps release built-up heat. In addition, this behavior is hygienic, as it helps to eliminate bugs and mites that live in their feathers. And finally it can also help to dry out their feathers when they're wet.

Found a rabbit's nest? See a baby bird on the ground? Be sure to check out the Wildlife Rescue Guidelines on our website...
05/29/2020
Second Chance Wildlife Center – Rescue Guidelines

Found a rabbit's nest? See a baby bird on the ground? Be sure to check out the Wildlife Rescue Guidelines on our website BEFORE you need them! Here's the link (and share with your friends so that they are prepared, too!). http://www.scwc.org/?page_id=90 #WildlifeBabySHower

The following general guidelines may help you decide if an animal needs to be brought to a rehabilitator. For more detailed instructions, see our Guide to Rescuing Wildlife.

CuddlingCuties #VirtualWildlifeBabyShower www.SCWC.com
05/25/2020

CuddlingCuties #VirtualWildlifeBabyShower www.SCWC.com

05/24/2020

A different kind of Wildlife Baby Shower video - Volume Up!

Address

7101 Barcellona Drive
Gaithersburg, MD
20879

General information

Call the Center @ 301-926-9453 if you've found a wild animal in distress. Proud Partner of the United Way National Capital Area region: CFC #65923, NCA Donor Designation #8901.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(301) 926-9453

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Congratulations on your 25 years of service to the animal ecosystem.!
Can you please advise on safe deer fence or similar? I know that bird netting is unsafe for snakes and other animals that get caught. I need something cheap and flexible to easily and quickly make a lot of cages for my native plants that I plant in the wild for habitat restoration. Deer pressure is really bad. Chicken wire is too time consuming and not flexible enough. Is there are any flexible, cheap plastic type netting that I can wrap around stakes that’s not going to trap anything?
Money is very tight these days, but we are reminded daily that there is a need for help in the world...for humans and creatures both big and small. So today, I am sharing out some of the money that I would have spent on my beloved Linda Eder concert that was Covid Cancelled (because we need our dear performers to stay safe too!). This sweet video was shared by Linda on her page, kind of an illiustration of her trying to save baby birds in her barn stories,, so Second Chance Wildlife , please save some baby birds for "Our Linda".💖
Can anyone help me identify this creature? Fox with mange or adolescent Coyote? It's been visiting our busy development and I'm not sure what to. Thank you!
Good morning! I'm not sure if someone checks the FB page or not, but we have a mourning dove with a wounded wing (possibly dislocated). We've done all we can for the dove, so we're hoping to find a place for professional care. Please contact me if you're able to help.
Found a fledgling in the middle of my yard, no nest around.. my dogs will kill it. Not sure what I can do
FYI for those who may have missed this publication Pet Ag, the company that makes Esbilac puppy formula, has recently stated that the form of calcium used in Esbilac is not well-absorbed by small mammals. This has led to severe MBD and deaths in neonate squirrels, possums, and other wildlife that were fed Esbilac. Therefore, we no longer recommend feeding Esbilac.If you have questions, call us at 321-626-1897. 22nd Nov 2019 The recommendation for formula now is 3 tablespoons goat milk 3 tablespoons plain yogurt 2 tablespoons heavy cream ½ egg yolk Problems with Esbilac
Is anyone available to talk to? I have a baby rabbit that may or may not need attention. My pups were outside playing when they spotted the rabbit. I don’t believe they bit it as I haven’t seen any blood. But they trampled the poor little guy. He was crying and shrieking. I got the pups inside and checked the rabbit. I gloved up and checked him for any injuries. As I said no blood but he may have internal injuries. I tried calling your number but no one is there. The rabbit is sitting on my walk way. I’m watching him to see if he’ll run away. I don’t want to leave him out here defenseless if he’s injured. Please if anyone reads this. Could you advise me on what I should do. I’m hoping he’s just spooked and he’ll come to and take off. How long should I wait before I intervene further?
Can someone raise this baby?? We are in Frederick, found him in the road.
Hello, one of the goslings at our pond has just started developing angel wing. I am concerned for him. Is there anyone who can help? I realize it may not be co sided a priority since it is a deformity rather than an injury, but I would be so sad for him if he couldn't fly or escape from predators. My understanding is that it can be treated with simple wrapping of the wing and save him a lifetime of trouble. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
It’s day 2 and the fawn is still there. I don’t know if you all could help it but I can’t seem to get through to anyone to help the poor thing.
There’s a baby deer over at Saint Mary’s Rockville under a tree in the cemetery. It doesn’t look well. Please help