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   Background, News and Stories
Carolina Waterfowl Rescue is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization and donations are eligible for tax deduction as allowed by law. CWR is an all-volunteer group so 100% of your donation does directly to providing food and medicine for birds in need.

    The News
Here are a few things we made the news for.........
  • We assisted Mecklenburg Parks with a Humane Goose Management Plan at Freedom Park. We removed domestic ducks from the park and found homes for them free of charge.

read  the news story News Stories/freedom park.pdf  News Stories/freedom.pdf

  • We also assisted the City of Virginia Beach VA humanely relocate 60 domestic geese from the famous Mt. Trashmore. In previous years the domestic white geese had been killed due to lack of placement.

read  the news story News Stories/trashmore.pdf

  • We assisted Mecklenburg Parks again with ducks at Marshall Park that were suffering from malnutrition.

read  the news story News Stories/Marshall park.pdf

  • We spoke at the NAVY hearing to oppose the OLF near the waterfowl refuge in Washington County.

  • Brad the goose shot with a nail gun! We didn't quit until we caught him!

read  the news story News Stories/brad release news 14 story.pdf

read  the news story News Stories/brad reunion.pdf

  • Denver Animal Seizure

read  the news story News Stories/Denver seizure news.pdf

  • Who can forget the oiled birds?

read  the news story News Stories/Geese Released After Triumphant Recovery.pdf

read  the news story News Stories/once greasy geese set free.pdf

Some other notable items that didn't quite make the news ............
  • We assisted the airport with a plan to remove pigeons near the airplane hangars in a humane manner and helped them find captive placement to help keep humans and birds safe. 
  • We were called to escort a family of birds off the runway at the National Guard near the airport.
  • We provided oil spill training and numerous educational opportunities for wildlife groups and rescuers
  • We were called in to assist with a hoarder in South Carolina receiving over 60 ill and injured birds
  • We took in over 40 birds from a hoarder in Waxhaw, NC all migratory songbirds and native reptiles.
  • Assisted the city of Pineville with removal of close to 300 non native ducks from the city and parks.
  • We assisted with the removal and provided placement for over two hundred nuisance ducks at a local shopping center in the university area.
  • Each year on average we assist with 3 seizure/hoarder cases
  • We assist wildlife authorities on criminal cases and provide placement for numerous birds each year so they can prevent euthanasia.
  • We give lectures and teach classes at several conferences and zoos each year for waterfowl rehabilitation and non profit topics.
  • In 2009 we helped 932 birds.  Over 600 of them were wild migratory birds.  The remaining birds were exotic or domestic birds we removed from wildlife habitats or provided needed shelter and medical care.
  • In 2010 we assisted law enforcement officials with a raid on the Butterball Turkey plant that resulted in multuple arrests and convictions of a corrupt USDA official.
    We are a no kill facility no animal has ever been euthanized to make space.
You've heard the news now hear the stories from the animals who get help!
Loon that crash landed on the ground was treated for dehydration and abrasions.  He was set later set free!
Cormorant was run over by a boat.  He had spinal and pelvic trauma and received medical care here.
Scaup hit a building in uptown Charlotte and was found laying on the loading dock unable to move.  He received  head trauma and internal injuries but was successfully released.
Kingfisher hit a window and had severe head trauma.  His mate called and called for him since kingfishers mate for life we were able to return him back to his lifelong companion after a short treatment.
Greater Shearwater made the bird records for the state for the farthest inland pelagic bird.  He was severely emaciated and dehydrated. We stabilized him and transported him to a facility that handles salt water birds.
Mother duck trying to defend her babies had her bill ripped off by a predator.  She was given a safe haven here and a special diet that she can self feed with her missing bill.
White birds are often released at events and they starve and die.  Birds raised improperly and released into the wild can introduce disease and bacteria into native bird populations.  We treated these birds for parasites and emaciation and found them a captive home.
Baby great blue heron fell out of his nest in a storm and fractured his wing.
We get transferred many birds from other facilities who lack the expertise, caging or funds to house fish eating or water birds.  This bird was sent to us by another facility where we finished his rehab and set him free!
Canada Geese shot with an arrow.  Fully recovered and able to go back to his family.
Green heron fell from his nest during a storm and had a fractured wing and severe head trauma. He was successfully released.
One of our volunteers found this injured turtle on the way to a rescue. We got him stable and transferred him to a expert turtle rehabilitator.
Nestling Yellow Billed Cuckoo, was supposed to be a duck but obviously not.  We were able to stabilize him and keep him fed until he was able to be transferred.  He was successfully released by the Columbia Wildlife Center.
Wood ducks come to us from all over the state.  We have perfected the techniques for raising them and have close to a 90% success rate with incoming orphans. (many other places have 5-10% success rate)
Sandhill Crane going under anesthesia being treated for injuries from being shot.
Freedom!  oiled geese released on private property where they wont be a nuisance to anyone.
One of our volunteers found this frog injured by the road on the way to a rescue.  We treated her injured and infected eye and successfully released her.
One of many gulls we see each year. This one a victim of the dreaded fishing line injury.
A peahen roaming the neighborhood terrorizing people and damaging cars.  We found her a safe home with other peacocks.
American Coot, victim of fishing line.
Pigeons raised as pets and set free. They were following people into their houses and flying down on peoples shoulders and heads.
Woodpeckers brought here to be stabilized in the middle of the night after their tree fell down in a storm. Mom was killed so we got them warm and fed and transferred them to another facility.
One of our larger rescue efforts.
Pekin duck (domestic) abandoned at a pond with his mate.  Someone ran them over and his mate was killed. He laid there bleeding as car after car drove around him.  He received the medical care and safe home he needed here at the rescue.
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