As a rehabilitator, many of my relationships with wildlife are with orphans. My license is for mammals, and only for those not listed as rabies vectors in Vermont (raccoons, foxes, bats, skunks, and woodchucks). Most of the animals that end up in my care are the species that live in closest proximity to humans—squirrels, rabbits, and opossums. Most of these have been orphaned because of human activities. On this page you will find photos and stories from a few of the animals I have worked with since the late summer of 2015 (Burdock the porcupine has his own page).
First of the late summer squirrels arrive. These three are very
dehydrated and malnourished, one had been under siege by flies. The
lovely people who brought them to me found a dead baby too. These are my
first black squirrels. The litter was two black and two gray.
Late summer squirrels are all doing fine, and number five grays and two
reds. They are all exceptionally frolicsome and affectionate. Soon they
will be grown, move out into the trees and will want nothing to do with
October 30: The two black squirrels and two gray squirrels
went to Townshend to be released in a wonderful oak forest under the
supervision of my apprentice Judy. Mikie, a little red squirrel, and
Julia, a gray, have just been released. You can read about these two
Mikie and Julia take to the trees in which I tell the story of two hard-luck squirrels who find each other.