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Virtual Open House

Thank you for watching our virtual open house!  We have prepared a series of videos that are posted below.  The videos coincide with the tabs underneath, so you can find additional information as you are watching.    

Welcome to the Wildlife Center of the North Coast & thank you SO much for your support!  A special thank you to Beth, Melisa, Alex, and the rest of our amazing volunteers & staff that helped us put this together!  Please enjoy.


Josh Saranpaa was born and raised in Astoria.  He started volunteering with the Wildlife Center of the North Coast in the summer of 2008.  In 2010, he tested for, and received his ODFW State Wildlife Rehabilitator’s Permit, and was working, on a volunteer basis, as the Assistant Director of the facility.  In September of 2015, Josh was appointed Executive Director of WCNC following the death of long-time Director and Founder, Sharnelle Fee.  When not working, Josh enjoys spending his free time in nature with his crazy dog Puffin. 

After several weeks of operating without a Rehabilitation Coordinator, WCNC hired Patrick Hogan, who began at WCNC in mid-April, and comes to us from the Hawaii Wildlife Center where he worked as the Rehabilitation Manager.  His start here was anything but typical, as we are in the height of a global pandemic, and the Wildlife Center is operating with no volunteers and minimal staff.  Patrick is settling in & preparing for our volunteer’s return as we iron out new safety protocols and our opening framework.  He is a self-proclaimed, avid organizer & has been making his work space his own.  Check out his new patient board system!

The Wildlife Center of the North Coast sits on 105 acres east of Astoria.  The property was originally purchased by late founder, Sharnelle Fee, who started WCNC on this land over 20 years ago.  For the first 10 years, the wildlife hospital operated out of a single-wide trailer, and accepted around 500 patients per year.  In 2007, our state-of-the-art wildlife hospital was built.  Now taking in over 1000 patients annually, WCNC is equipped with proper indoor cage substrate, several large swim tanks, a number of filtered therapy pools, and around 20 outdoor enclosures.  Community members have told us that the Wildlife diversity & abundance on and around our facility is remarkable, and we like to think it is because the animals know that these 105 river-front acres are their sanctuary.

Evening Grosbeak

Coccothraustes vespertinus

  • ORDER: Passeriformes
  • FAMILY: Fringillidae
Basic Description

A heavyset finch of northern coniferous forests, the Evening Grosbeak adds a splash of color to winter bird feeders every few years, when large flocks depart their northern breeding grounds en masse to seek food to the south. The yellow-bodied, dusky-headed male has an imposing air thanks to his massive bill and fierce eyebrow stripe. The female is more subtly marked, with golden highlights on her soft gray plumage. This declining species is becoming uncommon, particularly in the eastern United States.

Backyard Tips

Although they may not visit your backyard every year, Evening Grosbeaks show up irregularly at feeders during the winter. They eat sunflower seeds and are also attracted to the seeds, berries, and buds of trees and shrubs—especially maples. They are fairly large birds and they often travel in sizeable flocks, so they often use platform feeders as opposed to tube feeders.

Fun Facts
  • The Evening Grosbeak is a songbird without a song—that is, it does not seem to use any complex sounds to attract a mate or defend its territory. It does have a small repertoire of simple calls, including sweet, piercing notes and burry chirps.
  • With their enormous bills, Evening Grosbeaks can crush seeds that are too large for Common Redpolls and Pine Siskins to open. These smaller birds often seek out the grosbeaks and glean the food scraps they leave behind.
  • Though they’re ferocious seed-crackers in the wintertime, in summer Evening Grosbeaks eat insects such as spruce budworm, a serious forest pest. The grosbeaks are so adept at finding these tiny caterpillars that the birds often provide a first warning.


American Kestrel

Falco sparverius

Fun Fact: Kestrels hide surplus kills in grass clumps, tree roots, bushes, fence posts, tree limbs, and cavities, to save the food for lean times or to hide it from thieves.


Double-crested Cormorant

Phalacrocorax auritus

Fun Fact: Cormorants often stand in the sun with their wings spread out to dry. They have less preen oil than other birds, so their feathers can get soaked rather than shedding water like a duck’s. Though this seems like a problem for a bird that spends its life in water, wet feathers probably make it easier for cormorants to hunt underwater with agility and speed.


Western Screech-Owl

Megascops kennicottii

Fun Fact: The diminutive Western Screech-Owl is a predator to be reckoned with: it occasionally takes prey bigger than its own body, including cottontail rabbits. At other times they’ve been seen eating bats, insects and earthworms, which they collect from rainy roads and even compost piles.


This is a fun nature-friendly task that you can do at home!  We are selling craft kits for $5 (buy one here) & will deliver for free locally during COVID-19, but you can probably make one from supplies you have around the house!  

What you will need:



  • straight stick
  • biodegradable string
  • peanut butter
  • all-purpose bird seed


Easy Bird Feeder

*If you are not using the pre-assembled craft kit you will need to turn your stick into a hanging perch by tying the ends of a single piece of biodegradable string to either end of the stick.

  1. Find a workstation & cover it with a piece of newspaper.  A big table or somewhere outside works great!
  2. Take your peanut butter and spread it, so it totally covers your hanging perch.  Try not to get peanut butter on the strings!
  3. Sprinkle your seeds onto your workspace & roll your peanut butter covered perch around in the seeds.
  4. Now you have a completely natural, biodegradable bird feeder!
  5. Find somewhere outside to hang your feeder.  Look for a place near a window, so you can watch the birds feeding from inside!

We as humans have undoubtedly mastered the conquest of nature, however likely still haven’t fully grasped the scope of the destruction that our actions have caused.  Moving into this decade, let’s encourage one another to be better about coexisting with wildlife, and together, make a pledge to work towards minimizing our negative impact!  One of the most practical ways that we can help wildlife is through education.  By educating ourselves on the potential hazards we pose, we can discover simple solutions to help wildlife out during our day-to-day lives.

Please take a look at the following slides and helpful resources, and hopefully you will be able to pick up some feasible tips!  If you have a specific wildlife problem that you are experiencing, give us a call: (503)338-0331 or email: [email protected], and we can help you with ideas about a humane solution!

Living with Wildlife

-Helpful Resources-

Window Solutions: CollidEscape’s Window Strike Solutions; Whispering Pines’s Windows Decals; Convenience Group, Inc.’s Feather Friendly Solutions; Window Alert’s UV Decals; Solyx Bird Safety Window Film; Acopian BirdSavers’ Zen Window Curtains; Nixalate of America’s PollyNet Premium Bird Netting; the Bird Screen Company’s Bird Screens

Free Hawk Sillouhette!

Free Waspinator Pattern!

The Wildlife Center of the North Coast takes in 150+ ducklings a year, in addition to the hundreds of other patients we treat.  One common reason ducklings come into wildlife rehabilitation centers is by well-meaning people who mistakingly bring in perfectly healthy ducklings, that were likely just waiting for their mother’s return. 

If you find a group of ducklings that looks abandoned but otherwise seems healthy, it is important to make sure they are truly orphaned before you attempt to rescue them.  The parents may be nearby, but not visible.  In this instance, please give us a call at (503)338-0331 to speak with us first.  We can help you determine if the situation requires intervention.

After hatching, mallards lead their young to water & sometimes this requires traversing a busy road.  Although it may be tempting to try and rescue ducklings in this situation as well, interfering will typically just create chaos, and the ducklings best chance of survival is always with their mother!  If you see a duck family near a busy road, the best way you can help them is to make their journey safer by helping to stop traffic.  If the ducklings are crossing a very busy road, contact local law enforcement to help with traffic control.

It is important to keep ducklings, goslings, and all other baby birds with their mothers, so please use the following flow chart as a general guide for whenever you come across a baby bird!

Thank you so much for your continued support of the Wildlife Center of the North Coast.  We could not continue the life saving work that we love without you!  If you aren’t already, consider signing up to be a Wild at Heart Member.  Members enjoy invites to exclusive events & releases, as well as our Members’ Only newsletter.  Membership starts at $45 annually or just $5 per month. 

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Stay safe, stay healthy, stay home, we love you!

Native Plant Sale

Plants are not available for shipment. Upon purchase, please make sure to leave your contact information. You may call (503)338-0331 to arrange pick-up or local delivery options. If we don’t hear from you in one business day, WCNC staff will contact you!

Thank You From All of Us!